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R Michael Torrey / Bio

R Michael Torrey began his musical career at a very young age, torturing family members with repeated renditions of Broadway show tunes, Gilbert and Sullivan ditties and popular songs of the day. They all swore he had no talent whatsoever and tried to interest him in the less-challenging fields of brain surgery, cow punching, or astronaut and they still hint that it might not be too late.

In the 1970's he participated in numerous bands, a couple of successful duos. Micheal settled in Florida with a small but loyal following. He played every open mic he could find, and gained recognition when he won a radio station's music contest, the prize being time in a recording studio.

In the 1980's he found himself living in Santa Cruz, California, married and working at a regular job but the urge to make music was strong and he satisfied this love by performing at the famous Charlie Tweddle's Open Mic night in Santa Cruz, and playing for major community and public events such as the Wharf to Wharf Race.

Michael began recording with Eric Muhs and collaborated on numerous projects, and eventually formed the performance band Mata Rata with Charles Laurel and David Townley. In 1990 he moved to Portland, Oregon and released the "Love & Happiness" Cassette Album, recently reissued as a CD.

In 1999 Michael returned to art school and the combination of art and music, lead to more writing, recording and playing. This culminated in the release of his first all-original, all-acoustic CD; Heart To Stone. He is in the studio recording a new album and performing regularly.

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Folk / FoPoCo/Americana / Singer/Songwriter

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Portland, OR