Guitarist - Composer- Artist
Those around him would all agree that Michael is driven by an intense passion. And from early on, his pasion drove him to excel in every area of music he pursued. From heavy and aggressive music, to orchestral and choral arrangements, to the grace and beauty of a single note melody, across a seascape of acoustic guitars, his creativity has shown to be boundless and diverse.
Most recent projects of note include writing, recording and producing the highly received power metal album RESURRECT ME with respected vocalist PAMELA MOORE (known by many as SISTER MARY of QUEENSRYCHE fame). The full-length disk released to high marks on RAT PACK RECORDS, (May 2013), and showcases Michael's finest metal creations to date, an expanse of playing and passion, making it perfectly matched for Pamela's style, and has many reviews uttering the words "album of the year." RESURRECT ME displays an emotional soul along with an impressive battery of qualities that both artists are known for; including Pamela's expressive and powerful vocals, and Michael's pension for orchestral darkness, and infectious power metal grooves. The release represents a victory for the listener and the artists alike. And finally, May 2018 will see the release of PAMELA MOORE- BEHIND THE VEIL. A follow-up to RESURRECT ME that oozes passion in epic proportions.
Other accolades Michael has shown worthy of would include being recognized as a creative and driving force of Century Media recording artists: RADAKKA. A metal band that achieved more notably and sonically than most bands can hope to. Creating a combination of melodic power metal, fused with heavy doses of 4-part vocals and incredible string arrangements, their music exuded a power and grace unparalleled by any of their peers. RADAKKA went from one of the most respected and top drawing acts in the Chicago rock circuit, to worldwide success with 2 full-length titles: MALICE AND TRANQUILITY and REQUIEM FOR THE INNOCENT. Both received rave reviews upon their respective releases, and are considered by many, to be metal masterpieces in their own right.
RADAKKA was also asked to contribute their signature sound to the Century Media Compilation- "A TRIBUTE TO JUDAS PRIEST VOL.2: DELIVERING THE GOODS". Their muscular cover of "NIGHTCRAWLER" was one of the outstanding tracks from the release, and even earned a nod from the PRIEST themselves.
In his "spare" time, Michael enjoys unleashing his fiery brand of guitar playing ...(AND his unabashed love for all things Dio...).....on the masses in HEAVEN AND HELL (Chicago), the midwest's foremost "Tribute to the Music of Ronnie James Dio - Black Sabbath - and Rainbow". Their excellence has made them one of the most popular and successful hard rock tribute bands thru multiple circuits and multiple states
As often as possible, Michael loves to perform annually in THE CHRISTMAS STRINGS - An acoustic guitar quartet performing their own arrangements of Christmas classics, plus and original song or two in the spirit of the season.
But that's not al for Michael. From teacher to author, he wrote the instructional book "5 Easy Steps To Scales and Chords", which has become an indespensable tool for countless music students.
He also writes and records commercial jingles, has been a guest contributor on various recording projects including the recent rock/metal/psychadelic/experimental release PAPER ANGELS (Independent). He has worked with independent filmakers on music and scores, and loves collaborating with other musicians and mates....many times writing, recording, and producing them in his personal studio.
Consistently associated with an air of professionalism and class...
well rounded, intensely hard working, highly respected, and a consummate stage performer ... there isn't much that he hasn't done. And all signs show the best is yet to come!
Michael sums up his stance himself: "I've always been aware that my musical growth was DIRECTLY related to my personal growth. And day to day, as I learn that truth each day in a differnt way ..., I find that creative fulfillment is now the real goal. There is no destination. There is only the journey and the expression."
"I no longer know where it is taking me"