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mike wilson / Bio

Michael "Mike" Wilson is a Southern California based singer-songwriter and musician. Born in Los Angeles, but raised in Orange, California, Mike grew up co-influenced with Country, Classic Rock, and Gospel. Mike's primary instrument was singing. From the age of 6, children’s choir practice was a weekly requirement. Wilson picked up the guitar for the first time at the age of 12 and soon found himself spending all of his spare time strumming a Fender 12 string to the tunes of Zeppelin, Hendricks, and Clapton. Once Mike began to combine his singing and guitar playing the game changed. Mike joined the high school band at his church where he learned the fundamentals of live performance. After high school, Mike was involved with a local punk rock band. As the lead vocalist, the band’s quick paced popularity soon had them booked all over Orange County and Los Angeles. Mike was playing the Whiskey Ago on Sunset at age 19. The late 90’s saw a blend of old and new school punk bands. Mike and his band mates would share the stage with many of there favorite influences like Blink 182 and Naked Aggression. After a few fun years of playing with the band, Mike began his solo career. Veering away from the mosh pit influenced punk scene, Mike found inspiration in bands like Ben Harper, and Dave Matthews. With his new appreciation for acoustic folk rock, Mike began crafting songs perfectly fit for warm summers and beach bonfires. In 2000 Mike recorded his 1st solo EP entitled, The Kitchen Sessions. The album consisted of 10 self-recorded single take tracks performed while sitting at his kitchen table. There were no edits, no backing tracks, nothing more than the raw mix of acoustic guitar and vocal melody that Mike became known for. Fast forward 15 years, Mike is still showing up to many of the same gigs he started out at with nothing more than his guitar, voice, and an unwritten set list of songs permanently inked in his memories.

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Artist Name
mike wilson
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Singer Songwriter / Indie Folk / Americana

Contact Info

Laguna Beach, CA

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