Michael recently made his Broadway conducting debut at Motown the Musical. In 2013, he premiered his arrangement and orchestration of "The Closer I Get To You/Where Is The Love" as part of the Classic Soul concert series with the Houston Pops Orchestra (October 2013) conducted by Michael Krajewski; performed by Capaithia Jenkins and Darius de Haas. Also in 2013, Michael premiered original songs, arrangements and was music director for a new gospel musical "We Ain't Perfect" created by Darryl J. Williams ("Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel") and Kenneth L. Roberson ("Avenue Q"). Michael arranged and recorded “Un Peu Plus Haut, Un Peu Plus Loin” ("A Little Higher, A Little Further") for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, which was performed at the Opening Ceremony by the international artist: Garou.
His Broadway credits include: Motown, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Memphis, and Baby It's You. He completed 4 years conducting/music directing/lead pianist for the North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley, of the motion picture Jesus Christ Superstar. Michael was the Music Director for the revolutionary gospel musical experience, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, which premiered in Atlanta, GA at the TONY Award winning Alliance Theater. He was awarded the Suzi Bass Award for ‘Best Musical Director’ for this production. As the Music Director for The Best of Both Worlds, directed by TONY Award Winning director Diane Paulus, Michael was nominated for the Independent Reviewers of New England Award for the 'Best Music Director.'
Michael is the current music director and arranger for TONY/Emmy/SAG Award Winner - LaChanze, Obie Award Winner Darius de Haas, TONY Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, and the Boy and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble. He can be seen performing on New York's stages like Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, Alice Tully Hall, 54 Below, Iridium, and BB Kings.
As a Pianist, Organist, and/or Music Director, Michael has performed with: Bob Mintzer (Grammy Award Winning Yellowjackets), Michael J. Fox (Grammy/SAG/Emmy/Golden Globe winner) , Brian Stokes Mitchell (TONY Award winner) , Lillias White (TONY Award winner), Hinton Battle (3-time TONY Award winner), Corey Glover (2-time Grammy Award Winner), Dave Pierce (Emmy Award Winning Music Director), Phillip Boykin (TONY Award nominee), Kid Cudi (Grammy Award winner), Joan Osborne (Grammy Award Nominee), The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem, Tangiers Blues Band, and many others. Deemed one of the up and coming great versatile pianists, he was a guest soloist on St. Louis’ leading classical station, Classic 99. Michael received honorable mention from the Stravinsky International Piano Competition.
As a percussionist, Michael performed with The American Musical Ambassador Concert Band (European tour) and the John Philip Sousa Concert Band (Washington, DC). He has received many regional and national awards in both piano and percussions. Michael composed, arranged, performed and produced several albums nationally and internationally including: Invincible with guitarist Felton Offard; Lead Me, Guide Me Second Edition Recordings (GIA Recording); Hot, Live & More with David A. Tobin’s Ministry of Song (Germany, Holland); Evolution with Yewende on Lotus Records; Smashing Musical Barriers with 3 Mo’ Divas and more.
Michael graduated from DePauw University with a degree in Music Business. He is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon International Musical Fraternity.
Michael continues to perform internationally and nationally. He is also working on a solo project filled with sounds of jazz, gospel, classical, soul and blues. Michael is grateful to God and for the support of his family and friends who have all aided in his success and development as a man and a musician.