Most passionate artists can point to the time in their lives when they experienced creativity in a way that made the pursuit of it undeniable. For Mike it was the first time that he experienced Worship in a Modern setting. Having been raised in the Church he found comfort in the traditions by which he was surrounded, however his first experience in a setting where young people raised their hands and allowed themselves to be poured out in worship was a watershed moment. Mike knew with certainty that he not only wanted to live in that freedom but also that he needed to lead others to the throne of God in worship. Throughout his adolescence in upstate New York, Mike was a small kid who didn’t quite fit in to the norm of high school’s clique society. He found comfort and community within the Church as well as an environment where his love for music could be fostered and encouraged. When presented by his youth leaders with the opportunity to help coordinate a Youth Praise Band Michael flourished. He discovered that he could sing and play drums at the same time and quickly saw their project begin to influence the Church in exciting ways.
It became clear that in addition to leading worship Mike was to seek out ways to encourage young people to be confident in the way that God had made them and to spur them on to great works. Mike continued to work with local praise bands playing drums and leading worship. He soon began leading worship by playing the keyboard and singing at his youth church in NY and developed his first youth band. Eventually, he got his first position as a worship leader at a church camp in upstate NY for the summer. The next summer he auditioned and made it into the American Christian Youth Chorale. In the chorale he traveled to 15 states in just 3 weeks going from church to church. All of these great opportunities seemed to lead up to the fortuitous night when a popular band from the area called One Foot Forward found themselves in need of a drummer to sit in and Mike happened to be available. One Foot Forward had National distribution for their album as well as a Top 40 Single on Christian Radio.
Though he was only 17 at the time, his first gig with them as a substitute became an audition of sorts and developed into three years of extensive touring playing worship events, camps, youth retreats and festivals. They shared the stage with bands like Tree 63, Kevin Max, Shane & Shane and had more occasions for Mike to open for Audio Adrenaline. The road experience further honed Mike’s musical abilities and added a whole new level of showmanship and polish. In 2007 the band relocated to Nashville, Tennessee after suffering a disastrous wreck which ruined thousands of dollars worth of gear. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured but the financial setback proved too much for the business to overcome at that time and the members of the band scattered to pursue other opportunities. Mike wasted no time in connecting with rising stars in the Nashville music scene.
He currently has a 5 track EP called “Fade Away” completed which he did all of the drums, keys and vocals on in September 2011. "Over the years, I have been touring with many different acts playing drums professionally and now I feel God calling me to lead again," Mike says. "I have been writing to be able to record and perfect my music in the studio and I feel God is really leading me to make this next EP a very special one." "I want to see lives changed for God and I really believe it is now just a matter of time for me to start this crazy climb to become an artist." The first time around Mike didn't expect to get one of his recordings on the radio. His song Take Me Down played for 3 months on 102.9 the buzz out of Nashville TN.
With all of the adventure that has filled the first 26 years of his life the next chapters of the story are sure to be ones you won’t want to miss.