WHEN a 13-year-old talks about furthering his professional music career and his aim is to play guitar as well as sing on his second album, you know he means business.
Inigo Byrne - Dominic to his friends - is already a firmly-established musician in Chester, having sung solos with Chester Cathedral Choir from the moment he joined aged nine.
Now embarking on a solo career, he appeared on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing before Christmas and is now geared up to take on the UK's elusive music market, with his first album My World set to hit the shops on April 11.
So, as fellow Abbey Gate College pupils spend the Easter break hanging around Chester, Inigo will be touring TV studios and radio stations, hoping to catch the nation's ear with his voice.
But the Tarvin teenager, described by some as sounding like the young José Carreras, is nonplussed by the work that lies ahead.
'Making the album was fun, I thought it would be about everyone bustling about saying we have to do this and that, but it is relaxed and really nice to do.
'I don't mind doing publicity, I like talking to people about my life. It is not like hard work, but you have to put the effort in.'
Inigo adds that since he began his pursuit for a professional career in music two years ago, his life has not changed.
'It hasn't changed my social life with my friends, it's just that I've got singing to do now.
'I like to go to town with my mates, play the guitar, watch TV - my favourite programme is Coronation Street.'
According to Inigo's mentor and producer, former Culture Club and Sailor member Phil Pickett, the Byrne family have played a big part in making sure the young singer stays down to earth.
Mum Lesley used to sing, and Inigo's brother Rory, nine, and sister Charlotte, 11, have both been Chester Cathedral choristers.
Phil said: 'When I got involved what made a difference to me was that Lesley and Inigo's dad James were so supportive, not the archetypal pushy parents at all.
'Initially his age did concern me and I was quite vocal about some of the demands he would face in the business, but I am confident we have put in place a system to protect Inigo from the worst parts of that.'
But any worries that Phil had about working with such a young artist stopped dead when he heard Inigo sing.
'Immediately when I heard Inigo's voice it really touched me. It gave me the same excitement I had when I first heard Boy George. Here was a voice which I thought would really affect millions of people and speak to them.'
And Phil and Inigo both make it clear that they have great aspirations for the solo singer's musical future.
'I want to carry on with my singing career and see how it develops, says Inigo.
'We will see how this album goes, but I would like to make a second album and play guitar or drums on it. I would like to try a Robbie Williams track, one of the ones that isn't so obvious for me to try.'
Phil describes My World as an introduction to Inigo as an artist, explaining that its range of musical styles includes the classical pieces you would expect from a former chorister as well as original songs and covers by Queen and Stevie Wonder that show Inigo's depth as an artist.
He said: 'Inigo's voice has always had this soulful and deep feel to it so even though he was a chorister you don't get the feeling that he is a little boy in a cassock.'
Mindful of the extra-musical pressures that celebrity brings in the 21st century, Phil encouraged his trainee to keep his private and professional life separate from the start.
'Inigo actually is his first name, although his family have always called him by his middle name Dominic. But when you really become a star there is a feeling that you become public property, so it is quite nice to have a professional name.
'Cliff Richard, who I've done TV promotions with, always talks about Cliff Richard in the third person, just like having Inigo Byrne as the professional entity perhaps preserves Dominic the person a little bit longer.'