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For the past 20+ years I have been writing, recording, and performing music around the Western US. As a natural extrovert and self-taught composer, I started early in life singing and tickling the ivories, later teaching myself to play guitar as a teenager. Having fully caught the creative bug, I've been writing ever since - with at least 150 originals to my name. Far from what I consider musical expertise, I have always tried to throw some layered meanings and lyrical wit into my music. I've never needed to be rich or famous, though I would love to make a comfortable living making music. Maybe that can still happen. At the end of the day, I just hope my music connects with others in some meaningful way.
In addition to my solo work I've seen 'success' as the founder & front man of a couple of bands. BrotherSage from '96-'01: we played several college shows, clubs, bars, and even won a couple battle of the band competitions. We cut two albums, Breakfast in the Cosmos and Better Than Never. Moves, marriages, families, and life in general forced a final break up in late 2001. All of the band members remain friends and stay in touch. Mike Christensen - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keys; Jeremy Cargill ('96-'99) - Bass, Vocals, Guitars; Rich Bischoff - Lead Guitars, Vocals; Terry Mealey - Drums, Vocals; Jeremy Thorpe - Bass ('99 - '01).
Later I founded Passenger with my truest collaborator to date, singer-songwriter/guitarist Jayson Davis. We were joined soon Eric Robson who gave us great depth with Percussion and Drums. We played acoustic-only sets at much more intimate venues from '01-'04. We self-produced our only album Four Letter Word and even boasted the #1 downloaded song on BearShare for 3 consecutive months back in the P2P music days with our same-titled song, Four Letter Word. I feel the Passenger days afforded me the chance to play my/our music in its most natural form. It made for a very organic writing and collaboration process. Such a happy time in music for me.
Over a decade later, I am getting back into performance mode slowly as demands of family-life with 3 kids and a very busy advertising career don't leave much room for passion projects. But I am committed to music and will be emerging back on to the scene before you know it.
I feel lucky to have played with some great people, in a lot of unique, memorable places. I have grown into a man of great faith and I genuinely try to live a good life. Outside of family - my wife & kids - music is and always will be my passion.
Thanks for dropping by!