Michael's passion for music began at only eight-years-old when his grandparents bought him his first drum set.  At the age of twelve, Michael bought his first bass guitar after he saved enough money by washing buckets at his grandfather's flower shop.  Throughout middle school and high school Michael played drums or bass in various local bands.  

At Augusta State University, Michael transitioned to bass as his primary instrument, playing both electric and upright.  During that time, Michael toured regionally with the critically acclaimed funk/rock group the Riff Raff Kings, sharing the stage with various acts such as Parliament Funkadelic and british mega-group Bush. 

After graduating, Michael recorded, toured, and had the invaluable opportunity to share the stage with R.E.M., The Violent Femmes, 3 Doors Down, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, O.A.R., Marc Broussard, Cowboy Mouth and many others.

In order to enhance his knowledge of reading music, theory, and transcription, Michael attended the Atlanta Institute of Music, where he graduated with honors at the top of his class from the Bass Musicianship Program. 

Michael currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two (crazy) dogs.  He works as the musical director and bassist for the nationally-touring act, Almost Elton John & The Rocket Band.  Michael is constantly - and joyfully -  writing, recording, and performing with many varied local artists and groups in styles ranging from jazz and soul to rock and country.

“As a parent, I am so pleased with the music instruction my son is receiving. Michael creates an atmosphere of mutual respect, joy for learning and appreciation for the child as a whole. Michael exudes professionalism while at the same time being personable, friendly and in-tune to my child’s unique style of learning. My child feels listened to, appreciated and excited to discover the world of music. The instruction is not only about learning the foundations of an instrument, but about cultivating a love for music and accessing self-motivation. Thank you, Michael, for offering your talents and gifts to the community and to all budding musicians!”
— Stephanie Jordan