Michael's musical life began at the age of 10 playng trombone in the Supai Elementary School concert and parade band. He started playing guitar at the age of 13. At the age of 19 he decided to devote his life to the guitar. Then, he spent a year learning the basics and the next two years learning classic guitar. Shortly after that he became interested in the lute. He then hitchhiked to North Carolina and made his own 15 course Baroque lute. During the last part of his college days in 1975 he was offered to play with a flamenco dance group. He toured the coast of California doing Hispanic heritage programs in elementary and high schools. He was living in Arizona at that time, and was also playing in various lounges and resorts. He opened for "Herbie Hancock" and three times for "Tom Scott and the LA Express" in Phoenix and Tucson Arizona. He married in 1980 to his lovely wife Jackie. They have two children Josh and Annie.
In 1988 he moved my family to Vancouver, Washington, a strong and loving suggession from his wife, to pursue his music career. A great move. At that time he released his first record project titled “Pretend Dreams: Meeting” with producer David Chu. In 1991, he released “Windows”and “Letters To A Friend”. In November, 1996 he received a CMAA award for “Songwriter Of The Year” with co-writer Kenyon Mathews. His 2000 album is titled “Beyond Words”, with producer Michael Allen Harrison. He has his own label "Out of the Blue Records" and perform live from weddings to concerts. His new CD is called "Amor". A wonderful collection of 13 Latin favorites arranged for solo guitar. "Amor" was released February 14th 2004. He's working on his sixth CD which includes 15 of his own compositions of special acoustic guitar songs written for the weddings he's performed. He does not expect this CD to be released until 2006.
Michael's music is used in many ways including satellite radio , documentaries, video memorials, retail stores, radio and TV commercials, on hold messages, massage and medical practitioners (Dentists, Chiropractors, etc.) commercial and public radio, usage as far as the NewEnglad states and Britian, lots of destressing for the consumer, and more. Michael is booking concerts in local libraries. They all are very excited to have him play. Michael's concerts include mucis from his CD's and new music unreleased. And maybe some music from his favorite guitarist. These concerts are programmed with lots of fun. Michael has also done benifits for The Inter-Faith Treasure House, The Johnny Streeter Foundation and more to come. Michael's true passion is his music in writing, recording, performance, teaching and his family devotion. Michael does all his own management and booking at his home studio in Vancouver, Washington.