“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
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, 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. The Art Of Peace with its powerful blend of songs of love and loss, and commentary on social issues is insightful yet very entertaining. It received three 2012 Indian Summer Music Awards, and was nominated for two 2012 Native American Music Awards.
Michael's latest recording, Resisting Shadows, is a phenomenal blend of sounds and textures that's guaranteed to lift your spirits, challenge your life, and set your feet to dancing. It received three 2015 Indian Summer Music Awards.
To date, Michael’s performed at over 250 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’s an accomplished musician, and writing great songs remains his sole desire and fuels his ambition.
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
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
6/12 Voted #1 Artist - 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