Michael is a singer, songwriter, recording artist and actor- based in New York City.
His musical life draws upon a wide variety of styles and influences, including pop, rock, folk, electronica, and jazz. Critics have described his sophisticated blend of artistry as “masterful” and “a breath of fresh air.” His official discography includes four albums of original music: What is True? The Night Traveler, Shotgun, and City Scrapes, as well as several singles and live recordings. In 2011 Michael released City Scrapes, a critically praised collection of songs inspired by the NYC Brill Building songwriters scene. Co-produced with Ron Allaire (The Ramones, Keith Richards, etc.) City Scrapes was recorded and mixed at various iconic NYC recording studios and embodies the warmth of the classic songwriter albums of yesteryear. It also features a supporting band with shared experience playing alongside everyone from Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, to Elton John, Carole King and Gavin DeGraw.
Born in St. Louis, MO and raised in Southern Illinois, he began singing and performing at the age of six and made his professional debut at the age of twelve. Throughout his career he has performed with rock bands and symphony orchestras, in coffee houses and concert halls, appeared Off-Broadway and toured Europe. Michael's creative vision has also been expressed in the mediums of acting, visual art, commercial music, and voice overs. His favorite theatre credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Elegies, & The Little Prince.
He is also a distinguished teaching artist and performance coach whose clients include Broadway actor/singers, corporate executives, rock musicians, and young performing arts professionals. He attended Emerson College in Boston, The Boston Conservatory, and holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In the Summer of 2019, Michael released the popular single The Lights of Mystery" - produced by Devin Greenwood (Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones) and recorded at The Honey Jar in Brooklyn NY. On March 26, 2021 he released It Means Beautiful, a cover song from the award winning West End musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie. The single was produced by Devin Greenwood and recorded at The Honey Jar. Michael is a proud member of BMI, SAG-AFTRA, Actor’s Equity, and Performance Studies internationaI.