Michael Graetzer
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Michael Graetzer

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In November 2001 he released his full-length CD "Soul Direction," featuring some of the top jazz and pop players from Berklee College of Music in Boston.


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Lush vocals and songwriting are what set Michael apart from the crowd. At first soul searching, then quirky, then downright silly, his top originals include "Hey Stars" (published in Designing Your Life, a Life Coaching course book), "Soon" (2002 Nashville Songwriting Association International award winner) and the crowd-pleasers "Wakaranai" (about not understanding Japanese), and "Cigarette Baby" (humorous jibes about a girlfriend who smokes).

As a songwriting student at Berklee College of Music, he was awarded over $10,000 in merit scholarships. Michael also served as a judge for the 2000 USA Songwriting Contest.

In 2004, he performed with Broadway legend Peter Howard on the QE2 and QM2 cruise ships and at Manhattan's prestigious Lamb's Club and Chez Josephine. In 2003, he performed twice on the nationally syndicated Joey Reynold's Show (WOR) and his song "Chelsea and Me" was featured on local Fox news. He performs in New York at Triad, Downtime, Red, Don't Tell Mama, Le Bar Bat, Groove, DTUT, C-Note and for HAI.

In 1992, he was featured in the Kyoto Shimbun and on Japan's popular national television show "B-Apple Ni-ji" performing his original song, "Wakaranai (I don't understand)." In addition to weekly nightclub shows, and a 3-week tour with "The Wizard of Jazz," he was a featured performer at the 1200-year anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.

After involvement in the San Francisco theatre scene as an actor, he worked as a full-time sound designer creating sound effects and tailormade soundscapes, an experience that later influenced his rich studio production.

Michael is currently living in New York City recording tracks for his second album. Working with some of the country's top songwriters, he is incorporating influences from the cutting edge of the eclectic Nashville and New York songwriter scenes.