Back to Eden
Whether he's singing about a 'California Dream', a 'Georgia Night' or a 'New York Sky', Mike's earthy, honest songs evoke the magic of time and place. Blessed with a smooth baritone voice and a keenly observant wit, he can soothe you to reverie with a ballad of love lost and found, then wake you with a blistering rocker about the state of the world. Mike came to music early in life, singing in a children's choir in his native Atlanta, Ga. At the age of thirteen, inspired by his punk rock heroes, he took up guitar. After a few glorious years of playing loud electric music, he discovered the acoustic guitar while in college in Colorado. 'I was in the hallway of my dorm, and I noticed that the people who played acoustic guitar got all the attention, so being an attention lover, I just had to try it out' says Mike. It wasn't long before he was writing his own songs. In the early '90s, Mike settled in Santa Cruz, California, where he joined Sev Williams to form the socially-conscious folk duo Second Sun. Mike worked as a guitarist and singer in several bands in Santa Cruz over the next few years, including Jabberwocky, Daisy Glaze, and Monkey Man. In 1998, Mike made a soul-searching cross-country drive to his native Georgia, which culminated in the recording and release of his first solo CD, Long Journey. In 1999 he settled in San Francisco, where he formed two successful duos, with renowned Bay Area singer/songwriters Joanna Moody and Cynthia Cummins. In early 2003, love brought Mike to the bustling berg of New York City. By then, he was well into the preparations for his next recording, Back To Eden. He continues to inspire and delight audiences with his unique brand of roots-folk-urban-country music.