Michael’s formal training began at the age of seven—singing Gregorian Chants as a soprano/soloist in the St. Francis de Paula’s boys choir (Chicago). He refined his singing in choirs and choral groups throughout elementary & high school. He learned to play harmonica in the late 1960’s & early 70’s. His popular career began in the late 1970’s, performing as a singer /harmonica player/percussionist in a variety of “cover bands.” Since then, he has appeared at numerous clubs, stages and conventions in Chicago & throughout the mid-west.
Michael’s first, few, songs were composed in the 1990’s (an inspiration initially engendered by the death of his mother & subsequently strengthened with the birth of his son). In 2001 he added acoustic guitar to his repertoire and, with that addition, composing became an integral part of his life and the main focus of his professional journey.
His stories, rendered in voice and acoustic instrumentation, feel modern yet familiar. They combine sound and form in a contemporary way while reflecting the influence of a wide range of musical styles. His music has been described as folk, folk-rock, jazz, country, contemporary, Celtic and “real music.” His compositions are stories in a vein similar to that of John Mayer & John Mellencamp.
Several years ago he began to share more of his original work with audiences. Performed with the conscious intent that, in the currents of the telling, we feel more closely connected to the kinship of our spirits. That we experience laughter among friends, the longing of our dreams and the “feel-good” vibrations found in the rhythms of music.