MICHAEL SPRIGGS BIO AND RESUME
Michael Spriggs was born in London England October 3rd 1948 and was formally educated in England, The Isle of Man, United States and Canada. He attended Niagara University, majoring in Composition and Music Theory.
Michael started his professional career in Buffalo N.Y. when he was 14 playing with a popular local rock band “The Rougues” for eight years. “The Rougues” eventually released three singles and played thousands of shows in the NY state area.
Inducted into Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2004
He moved to Nashville in 1971 and played lead guitar for Eddie Rabbitt for six years. He played guitar on Rabbitt’s first four albums and received a Naras Super Picker Award in 1979 for the following Rabbitt #1 singles: “Rocky Mountain Music,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” “You Don’t Love Me Anymore,” and “Hearts On Fire.”He played on a total of eleven number one songs for Eddie Rabbitt.
He has played on over 5000 live, radio, and televised shows which include:
The Today Show, Jay Leno, Ellen, NPT Sound Stage, Music City Tonight, NPT Great Performances, NPR Echoes and Hearts of Space, Solid Gold, Midnight Special, Johnny Carson, Hee-Haw, Grand Ole Opry, That Nashville Music, Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Osmond Show, Disney World T. V. Show, On Stage, Pop Goes The Country, Nashville Now, Crook and Chase, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam, Farm Aid, CMT, VH1.
Toured with Trisha Yearwood fall 2005
Michael has been an A String session player for over Thirty years and works with hundreds of engineers, writers, session players and artists annually. He has been featured in :
Finger Style Guitar Magazine
Guitar Player Magazine,
Taylor Wood and Steel twice,
and the Peavey Monitor three times.
Michael wil be featured in “Finger Style Guitar” magazine in 2nd quarter 2010.
Currently he has released his first solo album “Without Words” on Agnes Records distributed by Narada Music Design. One cut off the CD is featured on the the new Windham Hill release “Sounds Of Wood And Steel” volume 3. He has just completed his second album “Neurasenia” which will be released soon and is currently in production on yet a third album “Sonic Venue”. He also has a distribution venture with Readers Digest Music Division.
Record dates include:
Faith Hill, Colt Ford,LeAnn Rimes, Trick Pony, Lee Roy Parnell, Alabama, Bomshel, Chris Janson, Rebecca Lynne Howard, Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle, Billy Gilman, Lorrie Morgan, Maria Motto, Paulette Carlson,Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Carrington, Blaine Larson, Lila Mc Canne, Tobias Rene, The Bakers, Cledus T. Judd, Eddy Arnold, John Michael Montgomery, Chris Le Doux, Jeff Carson, Susan Ashton, Bill Smith Ministries, Pam Tillis, Elton John, Mindy Mc Cready, Tanya Tucker, Michael Peterson, Martina Mc Bride, Waylon Jennings, Chalee
Tennison, Suzy Boggus, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams the 3rd, Eddy Arnold, Lee Greenwood, The Smokin Armadillos, River Road, Reba McIntyr, Dawn Sears, John Berry, Stephenie Bentley, Helen Darling, BB King , Phoenix, Billy Dean, Dolly Parton, Lari White, Razzy Bailey, Eddie Rabbitt, Ed Bruce, Holly Dunn, Blake and Brian, Jim Witter, Lynn Anderson, Holly Lamar, Vern Gosdin, Ricky Lynn Greg, Marty Robbins, Stella Parton,
Ray Stevens, Janie Fricke, Mark Gray, Dobie Gray, Freddie Weller, Ronnie Dove, Danielle Alexander, Gary Morris, Noah Gordon, Robin Lee, T. G. Shepherd,
Roger Alan Wade, and Akiko Yano.
Michael has played for the following producers:
Scott Hendricks, Byron Gallimore, Chuck Howard,
Brent Maher, Garth Fundas, Csaba Petotz, Keith Steagal, Rick Hall, Steve Dorf, John Bettis, Barry Beckett,
James Stroud, George Richey, Keith Stegall, Greg Brown, Andy Byrd, Byron Hill, Jerry Crutchfield, Jim Ed Norman,
Mark Wright, Mark Bright, David and Jim Malloy,
Jimmy Bowen, Trey Bruce, Gary Morris, Harold Shed, Bob Montgomery, James Stroud, Randy Scruggs,
Eric Paul, and Tom Collins.
Current Record & Demo Client List:
Warner Brothers, Asylum, Curb, Sony, Atlantic, CBS, Mercury Polygram, BMG, Royalty, EMI, RCA, Epic, API, E.M.I. Music, MCA Music, Tree International, Blue Water Music, Rainhill Music, Warner Chappel, Scott Hendricks Music , Kinetic Diamond, Big Tractor, Almo Irving, See Strait Music, Dreamworks, Starstruck: (Reba Mc Intire), Tower Street, Great Cumberland, Maypop Music Group,
Welk Music Group, Polygram Music, Buddy Killen Music, Little Big Town Music, Sony Music, Curb Publishing, Cal 1V, Wrensongs, Encore Music, Lonestar, Muye Bueno,
George Straight, Hamstein Productions.
Also has worked for every major publisher in Nashville, LA and NY.
He has been a succesful songwriter and has had over sixty cuts. He has enjoyed staff positions with Warner Chappell (six years), House Of Gold (four years), and EMI music publishing (four years). A few of his cuts include:
“Sometimes I’m A Little Girl” Tammy Wynette
“Goodbye Heartache” Louise Mandrell
“Twenty Years Ago” Kenny Rogers*
“If There’s Any Justice” Lee Greenwood*
“Life’s Too Short” Billy Crash Craddock
“The Car” Jeff Carson*
*Number One Country Singles
He owns a state of the art full blown Digital and Analogue studio (SPURTZWORKS) and is a qualified engineer.
He has endorsments with and works continually with:
PreSonus Audio Electronics
Genz Benz Amplifiers
Ultrasound Acoustic Amplifiers
Eminence Speaker Pro
La Bella Strings
Deering Banjo Company
Pro Co Sound
Allen & Heath
Fred Welker Custom Archtop Guitars
Check out new and old album performances at artist keyword
Michael Spriggs, www.allmusic.com