The Irish side of Mike’s family was very musical and his earliest memories include nightly lullabies from his grandmother on either violin or harmonica. A strict parochial primary education engrained an appreciation for written music and voice. “We were singing all the time! Every holy day had a procession and concert. If you goofed off in music class the nuns would make you copy the score and I goofed off a lot!”
Born in Seattle, Michael Phillips started his formal music education at the age of eight by studying accordion (yes, accordion!) with local TV personality Stan Boreson. A couple years of that was enough and at the age of ten Mike got a great big old Kay guitar from his Aunt Helen. Parochial school gave way to public school and for six years Mike studied both choral and instrumental music under Lee Evans and Bruce Caldwell in the Edmonds School District. Band after band after band after band followed and Mike’s love of music grew and grew. The desire to keep his music pure and honest started to burn in his heart. At fifteen he wrote his first composition called “Freeways”. Since then Mike has written well over one hundred fifty songs, most under the nom de plum “SecretProphet”.
In the early nineties Mike studied music and digital electronics at Chabot College in the Bay Area. “I always had a band and we were always working but there was something missing. I couldn’t find guys that were willing to do my songs my way so we didn’t do them. It was always covers and standards. I wanted to do my stuff so I decided to do it all by myself.”
Money wasn’t a problem. Money was the enemy. Money poisoned everything musical or so Mike thought. So, he just kept writing and recording not knowing if anything would ever come of it. Sharing his music with friends and family was enough.