Michael Winkle / Bio

“Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, I was exposed to an amazing variety of music that influenced me and inspires me to this day.”

“Early on, I was absolutely knocked out by many of the British bands, particularly Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Animals, The Zombies, The Hollies, and of course, the Beatles. Around 1968, an older friend turned me on to a radio station broadcasting from Oakland. I think the station was KSOL or something like that. It was all soul all the time and it really grabbed my attention! I couldn’t hear enough Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, the Impressions, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, and so many others.”

“It is difficult to name all of the artists that have influenced me but a rough list and in no particular order would look something like this: Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rankin, Bobby Caldwell, Lenny Williams, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Johnny Hartman, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling and Shirley Horn.”

“After nearly 20 years of performing, I think I’ve found my own voice and style that is really just a synthesis of everything that I’ve listened to and loved. Some vocalists are fortunate enough to discover who they are early in their careers, and by pass the stage of trying to imitate others. It has taken me a number of years to develop the confidence to present myself as an artist, and not just another ‘band guy’ trying to get over with someone else’s sound.” I am having the time of my life as a performer, and feel as though the best is yet to come!”

General Info

Band Members
Artist Name
Michael Winkle
Profile Page
Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Easy Listening

Contact Info

Portland, OR

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