Mike was born and raised in Connecticut, but settled in San Diego, California in 1998. He began writing music for fun in the mid 90's just to pass the time while he was traveling throughout the US as a Computer Programmer/Analyst - Consultant where he also taught himself how to play the guitar.
After Mike settled on the West Coast, he started performing at local coffee houses and open mics a few times a month beginning in August, 2005. He has since expanded his performing schedule to playing shows 2 to 3 times per week all over San Diego county.
Mike plays at many of San Diego's premier Wineries, Resorts, and Restaurants. He can also be seen performing at San Diego's yearly County Fair, random Street Fairs, and a few local upscale lounges. He is also hired to play many Private Events, Corporate Events and weddings throughout the year.
Mike’s sound has been described as that of Jack Johnson’s laid back soothing style, but if you ask him he'll say "I really have no idea. I've been influenced by so many different artists. I can't put my finger on it. You tell me! I'm just having fun."
Let's just say a little surf / meets folk / meets rock / meets pop.
Mike's first cd 'Keep On' was self-released at the end of 2006. After a few years of performing and promoting his first project throughout San Diego, he also wrote and recorded 12 new songs. His second cd 'Enjoy the Journey' was self-released in 2009. Mike is planning on recording his 3rd CD in 2016. To be released soon thereafter. Stay tuned!
A few highlights:
April 27, 2013: Performed at the Sandy Hook Spring Fling in Newtown, Connecticut for the amazing community of Sandy Hook
December 24, 2012: Performed his original song "I Pledge" on San Diego's KUSI TV - Good Morning San Diego
August, 2012: Voted Runner-Up in the Channel 10 San Diego A-List Wedding Category for "Best Music"
March 1, 2011: Featured artist on the worldunitedmusic.blogspot
June, 2010: Mike's music was used in an amazing independent documentary film about same-sex marriage. It chronicles one couple over the last 8 years as they have had to struggled to find ways to stay together, living legally in the same country. One partner is American and the other is German, and because they are gay the US does not recognize them as spouses with the right to legally immigrate in the German partner. So, for the last 16 years they have been moving around the globe, stringing together temporary solutions to their immigration-rights dilemma. It is a fascinating case, sociologically, and a heartbreaking one in terms of equality in America and human rights. The film is called "Excluded: Nowhere To Go". Watch the file at http://home.sandiego.edu/~lnunn/excludedthemovie/Home.html
April, 2010: Mike's CD 'Enjoy The Journey' was aboard the United States Space Shuttle, Discovery, to the International Space Station. Discovery launched at 6:21 a.m. EDT on April 5, 201, from Pad 39Aat the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. At 9:08 a.m. EDT on April 20, 2010, Discovery landed on Runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility having traveled 238 Earth orbits. Discovery reached an altitude of 221miles and a speed of 17,500 miles per hour. The flight duration lasted 15 days, 2 hours, 47 minutes, 10 seconds covering a total distance of 6,232,235 statute miles.
February 27, 2010: "May I Have This Dance" was made into a YouTube video by host Susan Gail and featured on Episode 6 of a Massachusetts based local cable show called Musical Talent In Review
November, 2009: San Diego Troubadour cd review "Enjoy The Journey"
May 29, 2009: Headliner for the "Keep On" Charity Concert for The Emilio Nares Foundation
March, 2009: Released second cd "Enjoy The Journey"
November 9, 2008: Featured in the 8th episode of Cut N' Dry Talent Radio Show. Hosted by: Christopher Kalt Copyright 2008, CLK Video Productions.
January 31, 2008: Featured in an article in the North County Times
December 16, 2007: Performed Live on KUSI TV - Good Morning San Diego
February, 2007: San Diego Troubadour cd review "Keep On"
November, 2006: Released first cd "Keep On"