“You have noticed that the truth comes into this world with two faces. One is sad with suffering, and the other laughs; but it is the same face, laughing or weeping. When people are already in despair, maybe the laughing face is better for them; and when they feel too good and are too sure of being safe, maybe the weeping face is better for them to see.” -- Black Elk

biography

 

     Michael’s professional music career began as a songwriter and guitarist in Nashville, TN. His debut solo CD, Sacred Nation, received the 2003 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Recording. His follow-up, They Come Dancing, was nominated in 2004. The Journey, Michael’s third CD, received a 2006 Indian Summer Music Award, and was nominated for a 2006 Just Plain Folks Award and two 2007 Native American Music Awards. Mystery, Michael’s next release, covering topics from the environment and politics to the ecstasy and agony of life and relationships, received two 2008 Indian Summer Music Awards: for Best Pop Recording and Best Rock Recording. Chasing The Wind was nominated for four 2010 Indian Summer Music Awards.

     Michael's latest, The Art Of Peace, is a blend of powerful roots rock, pop, and folk, with Native American influences. With personal songs of love and loss, to commentary on social issues and our shared humanity, this CD is insightful, yet very entertaining. It received three 2012 Indian Summer Music Awards and was nominated for two 2013 Native American Music Awards.

     To date, Michael has performed at over 200 colleges and universities in 45 states, besides numerous libraries, museums, pow-wows, festivals, and fairs across the U.S. and Canada. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Michael is an accomplished musician, and writing great songs remains his sole desire and fuels his ambition.

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Media

2/03 and 11/03 - Racine (WI) Journal-Times

12/15/03 News From Indian Country

Jan/Feb 2004 – Native Peoples magazine

3/07/05 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Takes Five"

5/31/05 Indian Country Today Online article

Jul/Aug 2005 Native Peoples magazine

1/05 Creation Story in WFYI-TV (PBS/Indianapolis) production:
“The
Wabash: Life on the Bright White River”

12/06 They Come Dancing in Urbana Conference dvd

1/25/07 DuPage County Herald

7/07 Little One, They Come Dancing, and Tsiquaya in dvd:
"Mino Mikana: Our Culture Is Prevention"
produced by Marlin Farley/White Bison

3/08 Welcome Home in Indian Summer Music Awards promotional dvd

11/08 News 4 U Evansville

3/09 The End Of the World in dvd:  "Through The Pain" produced by
My People, International

6/23/09 Parkersburg (WV) News And Sentinel - pages 1, 2, 3

9/22/09 Ball State Daily News (Muncie, IN)

Fall 2009 Moundville Archaeological Park and Museum magazine

2010 Thunder Mountain Native American Festival DVD

3/11 Wellbriety Movement: Journey for Forgiveness dvd

6/12 Voted #1 Artist on Vincent Schillings radio program
"Nativetrailblazers June Jamz"

Nov/Dec 2012 Native Peoples magazine CD review

2/10/13 Martha Fast Horse Show

3/22/13 The Nightwolf Show


  

 photo courtesy of Mollie Hanrahan and WKU