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As the old Nashville adage goes… Michael Krejci (“Kret-see”) drove 850 miles to Music City in an old pickup truck, with a college degree and a dream. He arrived with the utmost sense of excitement and eagerness, and ten years later his passion to create music is as strong as ever. Now, with two full-length albums under his belt, a well-honed stage show, and a plethora of original material, Krejci is proud to consider himself a seasoned singer-songwriter among Nashville’s ever-budding music community. He’s opened for some of the biggest names in country music, most recently The Band Perry, and has recorded with some of Nashville’s finest musicians.
Born just outside of Chicago and having grown up in Zionsville, Indiana, Krejci’s small town upbringing is evident in his lyrics. He writes introspective songs with poignant content and memorable melodies, often referencing the very essence of country music: love, loss, and everything in between. Influenced by the likes of early Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks, to Hank Jr., Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard (on the country front), combined with songwriter legends such as John Fogerty, James Taylor and The Beatles (on the rock front)… Michael Krejci’s music is best described as “acoustic country with an Americana edge.” He sings like he has something to say, something to get off his chest… something you need to hear. It’s no coincidence his honest delivery and charismatic vocals have been compared to some of his favorite singers: Bruce Robison, Radney Foster and Lyle Lovett.
Krejci’s critically-acclaimed debut solo effort, Out of the Blue (January 2007) is a blend of country, folk, bluegrass and roots styles. Simply put, it’s a tasteful mix of tunes that sifts through life’s ups and downs, all the while respectfully transcending multiple genres. Such mass appeal is evident by the diverse cast of musicians chosen to contribute to the project, including guest appearances by guitar slinger, Eric Heatherly (“Flowers on the Wall”), and The Infamous Stringdusters’ Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Andy Hall (dobro & background vocals), among others. Ten of the eleven tracks are original songs (the lone cover is a unique bluegrass arrangement of Travis Tritt and Jill Colucci’s country hit, “Anymore”).
In July of 2010, Krejci independently released a highly anticipated duo-project, entitled, Lovesick, under the billing of “Michael and Becca.” The full-length, ten song album features seven original tracks written or co-written by Krejci, and three carefully selected songs penned by other artists. These include a countrified version of alt-country guitar slinger (and fellow Indiana native), Tim Carroll’s “If I Could,” featuring guest fiddle/mandolin player, Andy Leftwich (Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder), an authentic interpretation of Eddie Rabbitt’s hit classic, “Drivin My Life Away,” and the fan-favorite, “Wagon Wheel,” popularized by The Old Crow Medicine Show (with choruses attributed to Bob Dylan and verses later expanded upon by OCMS’s Ketch Secor).
Krejci just finished recording his second solo project (and third studio album), entitled "Broken In," due out in July of 2013. With a knack for songwriting, a love for harmony, and a genuine appreciation for storytelling, Michael Krejci continues to carve out his own path in today’s ever-challenging musical landscape. Whether he’s performing solo-acoustic, as an acoustic-duo or backed by a full band, be sure to stop and take a listen!