Mike was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. He began playing guitar at the age of 12 and began writing songs soon thereafter. He played in various hometown bands, and won a spot on the Regina FM radio station Z99's Street Rock homegrown album twice in a row. Critics hailed his songs 'The One and only' and 'Will you come home with me' as 'Clearly the best selection of the album...' He started a Video Production company called 'VideoMan Productions' and produced commercials for television, including his own jingles. He also produced a video for his song 'Will you come home with me' and it was aired on MuchMusic. He moved the production company to Vancouver, British Columbia, and began playing with a band called 'The Bushmen'. They played local clubs with some success, untill it disbanded in 1995. While in Vancouver, he entered various songwriting competitions, and won many of them. Most notably, the 'Write On' sowngwriting competition netted him first place, and received a Fender Stratocaster Vintage release guitar. Being an accomplished vocalist and guitar player, He moved to Nashville, where he wrote and produced the 'Diamonds' album. He entered his song 'Picture of my dreams' in GarageBand.com's contest, where it ranked #4 in all generes, from thousands of entries. The 'Nashville Music Guide' gave 'Diamonds' a five star rating. He is currently performing in various clubs with Rachael Chatoor in Vancouver, under the name of 'S.O.L.' Awards & Achievements CD "Diamonds" received a 5 star rating from The Nashville Music Guide. Song "Picture of My Dreams" from "Diamonds" ranked #1 on GarageBand.com, competing with entries that numbered in the thousands. Song "One of Those Days" from the "Diamonds" CD included in the people's choice "Best of Independent Country 2002" released by Garageband.com. "Picture of My Dreams", also from the "Diamonds" CD was select for the "Evolved Series" CDs issued by GarageBand.com. After submitting two original songs, he placed First and Fourth in Vancouver's "Write On" songwriting competition. The independently produced video "Will You Come Home With Me" aired on MuchMusic. Twice represented on Regina FM radio station Z99's "Street Rock" annual homegrown CD, songs "The One and Only" and "Will You Come Home With Me" hailed as "clearly the best selection" by Regina's Leader Post daily newspaper.