Michael McFarland

Michael McFarland

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Alternative Indie




"Bill Smith"

Cleveland Native Michael McFarland is a Musical Architect - The Rock Office

"Debbie Mazella"

Talent, Passion, and lyrics that come from the heart. That sums up the music on Michael McFarland's latest album, "House Of Ghosts." He knows how to tug at your emotions, yet, after you listen to the songs, you walk away feeling like you've got a kindred spirit in this thing called life. - Magic 98.3 WMGQ

"Joshua Finch"

Looping multiple vocal parts to create gorgeous, lush harmonies… The room filled with smiles in a fleeting magical moment - Exiled in Eugene

"Michael Mozart"

He has talent just oozing out of him. - JeepersMedia

"Kyle Berg"

McFarland is very skilled at producing music… These songs are fantastic! - Black Squirrel Radio

"Shane Hunt"

He crafted an album that you, as a listener, won’t want to end. - Ampkicker.com


2020: Through This Fire (6 Tracks)
2018: House of Ghosts (10 tracks)
2015: We Are the Architects (6 tracks)
2014: A Sarcastic Tango (5 tracks)
2013: A Failed Breakup (5 tracks)
2011: Waking Up is a Letdown (13 tracks)
2010: Made a Mess (6 tracks)



Michael McFarland: Anthemic Indie Rock

Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in musical architect Michael McFarland’s refreshing take on indie rock. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock acts such as Weezer and Bastille to classic singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon and Elton John, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever. Performing live-looping acrobatics as a one-man rock show, the Cleveland, Ohio-based performer elevates the material on stage with a seemingly inexhaustible energy. Showing a maturity of style and sound that has developed through years of travel, relationships, heartbreaks, and reinventions, McFarland’s music contains talent, passion, and lyrics that come from the heart. The result? A big, bright, and lovestruck slice of anthemic indie rock.

Michael’s amiable yet commanding presence on stage arose from years of experience paired with diligent study.  He began performing with bands at age 14, accumulating ample experience under stage lights while still a teenager. Later, while pursuing his degree in Visual Communication at Kent State University, McFarland spent countless hours studying performance footage from any source he could find, from classic rock acts to modern pop stars. When it comes to songwriting, McFarland shows the same attention to his craft. “I listen to a lot of music I don’t necessarily like,” says McFarland, “because I want to understand why the songs connect with their audience.” A lifetime of attentiveness and continued learning has taught McFarland how to use lyrics to tug at your emotions and leave you feeling like you've found a kindred spirit.

Michael is constantly moving his craft forward, whether by touring the country solo, seeking out festival performances, or even creating innovative new musical experiences that push the boundaries of preconceived stage performance ideology. Finding himself without a backing band during a 3-year stint in North Carolina, McFarland began to explore looping technology to build intricate soundscapes live on stage. Beatboxing, percussion on the body of his guitar, and layered vocal harmonies give his performances a rich depth not usually found in a solo act. Though his musical past is already storied, McFarland’s ever-growing repertoire of talent and vision promises a continually brighter future.

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