Michael J

Michael J


"Michael J combines melodic pop sensibilities with intelligent, heartfelt lyrics. His songs are filled with lush, ethereal sonic landscapes and his passionate vocal delivery will draw you in and have you singing along before the end of the second chorus."


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".


"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

Set List

My typical sets consist of about a 50/50 mix of original songs and covers ranging from songs by The Goo Goo Dolls, Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, Matt Nathanson and U2 to Pink Floyd, Tom Petty and The Beatles. Ive been entertaining crowds for almost over 20 years and I know how to mix things up enough to entertain just about any audience from college students to older people in fine dining establishments.