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"Many believe that the responsibility for having rich guitar tone on an acoustic record falls entirely on the engineering team. Fact is, the engineer cannot manufacture such warmth if the player isn't providing it via delivery skills on the instrument.
Michael J's guitar has the kind of colorful, textured tone that marks a seasoned, confident player. His vocals provide an ideal counterpoint; strong, soulful, and creative while maintaining a musical sensibility that centers around the performance.
A cover medley (come together/imagine) is the exception among 9 originals. Michael impresses me as much as a writer as a performer. THIS STUFF ROCKS!"


- Fusion Magazine


"Michael J is an extraordinary artist with an exceptional sound. Every song on "Spin" has refined and catchy instrumental sounds and polished vocals that immediately entice the listener to listen on. Michael J is most comparable to prominent bands such as U2 and Live. Rating: 4 out of 5". - The Gator Times


"Michael J's songwriting skills, which were always aces, have just gotten better, and his vocals are still strong and memorable. "Spin" as a whole is a quality modern rock endeavor."
- Freetime Magazine/ Rochester, NY


"Spin's familiar-feeling alterna-pop musings feature Michael J's earnest tenor vocals in a variety of modern rock settings. Jangly guitars and radio-friendly harmonies accent soul-searching lyrics and inoffensive melodies"


- Listen.com


"Michael J is an extremely successful singer/songwriter that has a mountain of success behind him and a bigger mountain of success in front of him" - Robert Metzgar (Legends Hall Of Fame Producer)


Discography

"Spin" - Full-Length CD Released in 2000

"Blue" - 6 Song EP Released in 2001

"Static Confusion" - Full-Length Acoustic CD Released in 2003

"Music From Falcon Beach" - 2 Song Single Released in 2006

"3 Needles" - 3 Song EP Released in 2006

"Live At Zig's" - Live Acoustic CD Released in 2007

"Kiss The Universe" - Full Length CD Released in 2007

"Evolution" - 5 song EP released in 2008

"Gotta Keep From Falling" - single released in 2009

"When Your Eyes Meet Mine" - single released in 2009

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Bio

My name is Michael J. I am originally from Rochester, NY but I live in Gainesville, FL at the moment.

I've released 10 CDs (3 with my former band Exploding Boy and 7 solo records). I have played shows with The Goo Goo Dolls, Sister Hazel, Howie Day, Colin Quinn, Cheap Trick, Joan Osborne, Angie Aparo, and Art Alexakis of Everclear.

I've received some awards for my songs and was named one of the "Best Unsigned Artists of 1999" by Billboard magazine. I've also done some songwriting with Stan Lynch, the former drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, producer/songwriter for Don Henley, The Eagles etc.

I played at Gator Growl 2002 (the largest student-run pep rally in the world) with my band at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL in front of over 56,000 people.

My song "Spin" appeared in the internationally released feature film "3 Needles" starring Lucy Liu, Stockard Channing, Sandra Oh, Shawn Ashmore, Olympia Dukakis and Chloe Sevigny.

Another of my songs, "Nothing To Say" was recently featured in "Episode 109 (Papa Was A Rolling Stone)" of ABC Family's hit television series "Falcon Beach" which is currently airing in 18 different countries all over the world including France, Scandinavia, and the UK.

I'm also a producer and recording engineer and have been spending some time lately working with other up-and-coming artists helping them to realize their creative visions.

I'm currently working on a bunch of new singles which feature guest appearances by Eric Stock and Jens Funke of "Stroke 9", and my longtime friend Steve Schiltz of "Longwave".