Michael Duff

Michael Duff

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Songs you can remember, a voice you can listen to over and over. If you were to put John Mayer, The Fray, Coldplay, James Blunt, Goo Goo Dolls, Pete Yorn and Matchbox 20 in a blender, that would sound a bit like me. View live video clip: http://www.myrecordlabel.net/artistdetails.php?id=96

Biography

Winner of the Los Angeles Music Awards Best Adult Contemporary Male Vocalist, the Massachusetts-born Michael Duff is the former lead singer and songwriter of Columbia Records' critically-acclaimed alternative rock act, Chalk FarM. Selling over 70,000 copies of their debut CD, his success with the band includes a Top 10 and a Top 40 single on Billboard's Rock and Modern Rock Radio charts ("Lie on Lie" & "Live Tomorrow"), MTV airplay and years of North American tours performing for tens of thousands with Matchbox Twenty, The Goo Goo Dolls, Better than Ezra, Dishwalla, Tonic and others, plus appearing on the covers of Music Connection and other magazines. You may have also seen him and the rest of the band in Jerry Bruckheimer's smash hit "Coyote Ugly."

Since disbanding Chalk FarM, Duff has had songs recorded by Meatloaf, Australian sensation Kate Ceberano, has been heard singing on CBS's "The Young and The Restless" and in the Disney/Warner Bros. film "A Cinderella Story."

This debut solo effort has many all-star guest songwriters including Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow), Reed Vertelney (Clay Aiken, Destiny's Child, Luther Vandross), Lindy Robbins (Nick Lachey, Faith Hill, Lisa Loeb), Jess Cates (Nick Lachey, Backstreet Boys), Grammy-nominated Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera, Meredith Brooks, Pretenders) and Academy-Award and Grammy nominated Jud Friedman (Whitney Houston, Ray
Charles, Tina Turner).

The Los Angeles-based Duff is currently performing here and abroad while putting together an extended tour.

Sounds like:

Somewhere in the neighborhood of John Mayer, James Blunt, Ryan Cabrera, Goo Goo Dolls, Crowded House, The Fray, Pete Yorn and Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty).

Influences include:

U2, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd, Lyle Lovett, The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Clash, Jeff Buckley, Bad Company, Lynard Skynard, Queen, Crowded House (and Split Enz), Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Springsteen, James Taylor, Bjork, Aerosmith, Joe Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Sinatra, Martin, Davis, Bob Dylan, America, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Journey, Van Halen, Ozzy, Burt Bacharach, Mozart, Styx, The Ramones, Hendrix, The Doors, Live, Radiohead, Chris Whitley, Tony Bennett, Bob Marley and much, much more.

Michael’s old band Chalk FarM toured (or performed) with:

Dishwalla, Better Than Ezra, Tonic, Sister Hazel, Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls, Wild Colonials, Train, Marcy's Playground and many others.

Noteworthy Quotes:

"Duff has a way with poetry and emotion that definitely gets attention."
Jam Magazine, Boston
"... appropriately aching vocals."
Billboard Magazine
"lyrically intense... sincere, earnest sound."
Hits Magazine
"...simultaneously thoughtful and energetic." Washington Times Weekend
"...dances the fine edge between acoustic and electric very well."
Lewiston Sun Journal, ME
"Great melodies and most enjoyable songwriting." Rare Breed Magazine
"...intelligence, creativity and emotion. Musically and lyrically strong."
Night Times, Maryland Heights, MO

Lyrics

Here I Go Again

Written By: Michael Duff. Mikal Reid, Orlando Sims

The Sun is shining on and it’s a lovely day.
It kind of makes you feel like smiling at everything around you.
I’m at work and I see through my window there’s
half-a-million things I’d rather do than what I’m doing
I feel it again, I’m drifting again
The Flowers and trees are calling…

Hey-La, the birds are singing come on, what ‘cha thinking
Why you all inside let’s have a Holiday
And I say Hey-La, I haven’t been in so long – time for dreaming
Come and follow me and I say here, here, here I go again

A gentle breeze is blowing on the sea today
A mermaid sites beside me, dolphins jumping all around us
I hear them banging – no, that’s my boss here at my desk
Now I’m back here working wondering how my little story ends

I feel it again, I’m drifting again
The Flowers and trees are calling…

Hey-La, the birds are singing come on, what ‘cha thinking
Why you all inside let’s have a Holiday
And I say Hey-La, I haven’t been in so long – time for dreaming
Come and follow me and I say here, here, here I go again
Oh, Here I Go Again!
The flowers and trees are calling!

Hey-La, the birds are singing come on, what ‘cha thinking
Why you all inside let’s have a Holiday
And I say Hey-La, I haven’t been in so long – time for dreaming
Come and follow me it doesn’t have to be far.
And I say Hey-La, come on, why you all inside let’s have a Holiday
And I say Hey-La, So long, Come and follow me
and I say here, here, here I go again

Here I Go Again!

Discography

Michael Duff

TIC Records release – “Unbreakable” 2007

Duff

(independent E.P.) – “5-Song E.P.” 2005
“Strong Enough” featured on daytime favorite “The Young and The Restless”

Chalk FarM

Columbia Records release – “Notwithstanding” 1996
“Lie On Lie” and “Live Tomorrow” charted top 10 and top 40 on Billboard’s Rock and Modern Rock charts.

TIC Records release – “Three 2s” 2000
“Like Water” in Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Coyote Ugly”

Other projects:

Rusty Truck (band member)
Coda Terra / Ryko release – “Broken Promises” 2004
Toured with Willie Nelson, appeared on MSNBC’s Don Imus show.

Guinea Pig (Lead Vocals/Co-Songwriter)
TIC Records release – “Full-Contact Poetry”
“I Know” and “Throw It Away” featured in Full-Moon pictures “Vampire Resurrection

Set List

Set List from our last show (is typical length, approx. 40-42 minutes):

Here I Go Again
Overcome
What Is real?
When You Run
Rise
Lie On Lie
The Way It Goes
Turn Me Around
Unbreakable

Encore was My Lorraine (an additional 4 minutes)