Michael J Downey and the World

Michael J Downey and the World

 Santa Cruz, California, USA
BandRockAcoustic

Once the high-volume guitarist of Femme Fatale (MCA, Atlantic), Michael now makes waves around the world with an Acoustic/Pop/Rock solo career. Touring with Michael in 2007-Christina Rasch (John Tesh, Ringo Starr), and Jessica Fagre. Michael's mission is creating a cultural bridge through his music.

Biography

Review
LOS ANGELES, CA - 8/22/07 - (AP) The new Michael J Downey and the World single, "america" has debuted the FMQB Adult Contemporary radio charts as the 1 Most-Added single across the USA for the week of 8/22/07. This week, "america" was added to the playlists of more radio stations than any other AC single on the FMQB charts, including Gwen Stephani, Maroon 5, and others. --AP Wire

Product Description
Michael J Downey and The World: California Based Singer/Songwriter and Former Lead Guitarist for Femme Fatale is Building Powerful Cultural and Musical Bridges between `America' and Korea and Japan Thursday July 12, 4:27 pm ET Band Has Toured Extensively over the Past Year in Asia LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--When Michael J Downey titled his four song 2006 breakthrough EP and its title single and video Bridge of No Return, he drew upon his tireless dedication to the importance of cultural exchange between the U.S. and Asia. The bridge was a historical metaphor about the end of the Korean War, when families were torn apart as citizens were given a choice between staying and crossing from North to South Korea. The popularity of Bridge of No Return throughout Asia led Downey and his all-female band The World to tour Korea last November and Japan this past March and April. Establishing himself as a indie singer/songwriter on 2004's Your World , Downey has come a long way since his lead guitarist days with late 80s glam hair band Femme Fatale. Downey's latest contribution to that philosophy is his new, ripe for AC radio recording america, which features the four songs from Bridge Of No Return (including "Hajimemashite," which means "It's nice to meet you for the first time"), and america, as well as the perfect combination of a lush love song ("In Love Again"), a heartbreaker ("Wish"), a gritty rocker about what we can all learn from "History" and the cutting edge pop/rock fun song "Fly Away." The Bridge songs were produced by David Longoria (Sting, U2) and the newer tracks by Robert Eibach and Downey himself at the helm. His current touring band includes keyboardist Christina Rasch (Ringo Starr, John Tesh) and bassist Jessica Fagre--both of whom also do extensive USO tours. The Bridge concept extends into the artist's overall mission with his recordings, performances and extra-musical activities, which is to create a vibrant and mutually beneficial way for Americans and Asians to interact. After returning from his first tour of Japan a year and a half ago, he was motivated to start hashi.org, a California non-profit organization dedicated to promoting unique cultural exchange opportunities between Southeast Asia and America.

Lyrics

"Your World" - 9 songs- 2004

Written By: Michael J Downey

BE HERE NOW

The hardest thing you’ll do,

Is doin’ nothin’ at all.

Always runnin’ away

‘til you start to fall.

Always lookin’ to find,

Instant gratification.

Won’t be satisfied,

Until I reach my destination now, right now

And I wanna be there right now.

Anywhere except be here now, right now.

Can’t get there from here right now.

No, no. Right now.

Yah, I’m makin a stand.

But I can’t stand still.

Can’t taste anymore,

But I get my fill…

So I’m back on the road.

‘Cause it ain’t so hard,

(to) go around the world

(when) it was always right here. Right in my backyard, right now.

GO IN THROUGH THE DOOR

The ocean ever changin’

Not still enough to see

Reflections, or just projections

Still harbor, what’s to be?

And so we go inside

Where I knew you long before.

It’s not the you reflected,

It’s the you there at the door.

Go in through the door

And love takes you inside

Forget what you came for

As you walk through the door

For all the good intentions

As a moth draws near the flame

It’s lost in the translation

And a higher call remains

If life and earth a circle

If love’s resistance least

As the sun sets in the west and

It rises in the east

HOLD ME

On a cold, winter day

I saw you walkin’ away from me.

Then winter to spring,

Lover you bring to me.

I know we both hurt inside.

I know we both feel

That you and I should be as one,

‘cause I love you still.

Hold me don’t let go

Your love’s all I know.

I don’t care, and I don’t know, just

Hold me don’t let go.

Since you’ been gone

I knew all along you’d see

That after the fact

You would be back to me.

I know we both hurt inside

I know we both feel.

That you and I should be as one,

‘cause I love you still.

Since you made me believe that dreams can come true

It’s hard to see myself, livin’ without you, without you.

ON THRU THE NIGHT

(As the) Sun goes down, this dusty town

I look around, somewhere I’d rather be.

(‘cause when the) heat is on you ride ‘til dawn

Don’t care, just gone, that’s all I wanna be.

Desparate, but you’re right (we’ll still be…)

Leavin’ it, every night.

Until one day we find, we can leave it all behind,

They say passion is blind, but I believe… (we’re gonna ride it out)

On thru the night, until mornin’

On thru the night, ‘til the break of day

Y’ don’t have to take me in, but you don’t have to turn me out.

On thru the night. On thru the night.

On thru the night, we’re gonna ride it out

The cold winds blow, the lights below

The full moon glow, no where I’d rather be.

So take my hand, you understand

The promise land, that’s all I wanna see.

On the edge, in the night (but you just…)

Can’t be found, in the light

Until one day we find, we can leave it all behind,

They say passion is blind, but I believe… (we’re gonna ride it out)

If I could make you see, if I could take you there with me

You don’t know you hold the key but you do…(so turn it, turn it now)

GOOD LOVERS, BETTER YET, BEST FRIENDS

You got your life, I got mine.

We both answer to the people standin in line.

To them you’re a goddess,To the others I’m a star.

But when the show is over, We know who we are.

We know we’re never gonna make it

But what we got, it goes beyond,

The world outside.

Behind these walls we hide.

Good lovers, better yet, best friends.

I called you up, you let it go

Too scared to get too close, too scared to let it grow.But what the hell is real, and what is right?

What’s real is right now, what’s right is tonight.

No one will ever know, the places that we go.

But it’s rainin’ outside, On the streets below.

We don’t ask for much, just every now and then,

Whenever it gets too cold outside, we gotta see us again.

CAN’T FIND MY WAY

Once in a dream or so it would seem by now, So far away

Final beginning, lost you by winning myself

But maybe someday…

…day after day, we grew further away.

‘Til I turned around, and you were gone.

And I can’t find my way back to you (can’t find my way)

I try but I just can’t get through (can’t find my way)

But somewhere in the night

There shines a distant light

To find my way back to you

Then a change in the season gave me a reason, To ask myself where you’d gone.

What will you find, will you leave it behind you now, Now that everything’s new…

…New changes, old ways, they just turn around

But if you were here, you’d know what to do…Chorus…So far away…so far away…

FOLLOW ME, FOLLOW YOU

The road from here is long, but with your help I’ll be strong

Follow me, follow you there.

You’ been there before. You’ been waiting for so long.

I’ been waiting too, just for you, but the time was wrong.

Fly Away

Written By: Michael J Downey

Fly Away

©2007 Michael J Downey

I wake up next to you

The sunlight on your skin

I step outside your door,

The world comes crashin in

Outside on the road

No one to let me in

I fight for what I have

To take me home again

To you, you help me find the way

With you, I wanna fly away
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I’ll fly away with you

Fly away with you

Wherever you want to

I’ll fly away…fly away with you
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The towers that they build

Will fall apart one day

The ocean overflows

I want to fly away

We don’t have to go too far

Don’t have to go anywhere

‘cause whenever I’m with you

I know you’ll take me there

Yah, you, you help me find my way

With you, I wanna fly away

(chorus)

Fly Away

Written By: Michael J Downey

Fly Away

©2007 Michael J Downey

I wake up next to you

The sunlight on your skin

I step outside your door,

The world comes crashin in

Outside on the road

No one to let me in

I fight for what I have

To take me home again

To you, you help me find the way

With you, I wanna fly away
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I’ll fly away with you

Fly away with you

Wherever you want to

I’ll fly away…fly away with you
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The towers that they build

Will fall apart one day

The ocean overflows

I want to fly away

We don’t have to go too far

Don’t have to go anywhere

‘cause whenever I’m with you

I know you’ll take me there

Yah, you, you help me find my way

With you, I wanna fly away

(chorus)

America

Written By: Michael J Downey

America

Michael J Downey (c)2006

So, even though you?fre searching

So, even though you?fve arrived

But you got it good, like they said that you would in America

Still, the dreams that you had, weren?ft the dreams that you had come true.

But you?fre not alone as far as I can see

Is that good enough, good enough for me

Is that good enough, good enough for me

All that you were, and all you can be,

You were good enough, good enough for me

Just good enough, good enough for me.

America, god shed his grace on me

America, I?fve seen you on TV

The home of the brave, and the land of the free

America, be all that you can be

(as far as you can see) It's black 'n' white, wrong 'n' right, in the end

So at the end of the day, you can stand up and say 'we win'

And that's good enough, good enough for you

That's just good enough, good enough for you

Look what it?fs done, we?fre under the gun

Is that good enough, good enough for me

(red) (white) (blue)

And I?fve read the news white lies the blues page three

America, god shed his grace on me

America, I?fve seen you on TV

The home of the brave, and the land of the free

America, be all that you can be

(Instrumental chorus)

So, even though you?fre searching

So, even though you?fve arrived

America, god shed his grace on me

America, I?fve seen you on TV

Is that good enough, good enough for me

Is that good enough, good enough for me

America, America, you?fre free

America, America, to be

America, America?c

Discography

1998 - Waiting for the Big One - Femme Fatale, MCA
2004 - "Your World" - Artists1Stop Records
2004 - "Oasis Rock and Roots" - Oasis
2005 - "Hajimemashite" - indy release
2006 - "Bridge of No Return" - Asia-only release
2007 - "america" (World Records)

Set List

Live Performance:
Shows vary in length and content -
45 -75minute all-original music sets (showcase, concerts, etc.)