Fast forward to the age of the Casiotone MT-70 keyboard and a cassette recorder he received on Christmas years later and there was no turning back. Between 1977-1989, he wrote over 500 songs alone.
Michael attended East Carolina University and received the BM and MM in music composition, then worked there as recording engineer and instructor for 21 years. In 2015, he began working at the University of Richmond. Michael knows making music for a living is very tough these days, so the “day job” keeps the bills paid while he toils away in the studio.
Michael did take a hiatus from creating music from 1999-2007, then stumbled on the poetry of Sara Teasdale and was incredibly moved by her lyrical prose. A long-term project involves setting several poems to songs in the electronic-pop genre.
In 2016, Michael released a compilation album, "Songs Through Time" featuring new and remastered tracks from the past 20 years. In 2017, he released the "Christmas Lake" EP. In June 2018, the full album "Issues" releases.
Michael is a studio composer/songwriter. His music is tricky to play live, due to the gear used to make it. He played a one-man-band live set of new and old songs in November 2017...first time live in over 22 years.