Michael began performing when he was 7 years old, doing a song or two with his Father's band, The Honky-Tonk Goodtime Band, whenever they played a family friendly venue. His first live appearance was in Mocksville, NC at the Lake Myers Family Campground where he performed Ricky Skaggs' version of "Cryin' My Heart Out Over You." Michael's early years were filled with music by artists like George Jones, Gene Watson, Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and others. This provided the foundation from which his musical identity would form in later years. Even though he had learned a few chords when he was younger, Michael really started to learn how to play the guitar in his teenage years. He also learned how to play piano and mandolin. It was at this time that he also began writing songs. Michael was heavily influenced at this time, not only vocally, but lyrically and melodically, by artists like Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Alan Jackson and Joe Diffie. In 1998, after graduating from college, Michael became lead singer and "frontman" for a very successful regionally touring band called Native Son. During this time, Michael learned the skills necessary to be a great entertainer as well as vocalist. Michael left Native Son in 2001 to concentrate on songwriting. In 2007, Michael teamed with hit songwriter/producer Byron Hill, whose production credits include Gary Allan and Kathy Mattea, to write music and songs for a film project. Since that time they have continued to write together. In March of 2012, with Byron producing, Michael recorded STAY COUNTRY, his first collection of original material, which was digitally released in September of 2012. In March of 2013, Michael was signed to the Nashville based, independent label, BHP Recordings. Subsequently, STAY COUNTRY was released to retail outlets. Over the years Michael has shared the stage with many great, national artists such as Gary Allan, Shenandoah, Sara Evans, Sawyer Brown, Gene Watson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marty Raybon, Jim Lauderdale, Wade Hayes and others.