Originally from Southington Connecticut Michael started guitar lessons at age nine. After studying guitar through high school, Michael moved to Boston in 1980 to attend the Berklee College of Music. Graduating Cum Laude in 1984, he was a founding member and leader of what would turn out to be one of Boston's most successful local acts ever, 'High Function'. With High Function, Michael played extensively at clubs and colleges throughout the New England area. Other performance experience's included a three-week tour of Switzerland, appearances in New York City, recording an eight-song album in Chicago, and performing in a marketing film produced by the Bose Corporation.
After leaving High Function, Michael went on to co-find and play guitar in the Boston based R&B band 'Universal Language'. Another very popular local group, nominated for a Boston Music award each year of their existence (and winning once), Universal Language credits include performances in the Boston Garden, Fleet Center, and at The House of Blues. He was also the Co-Executive Producer of their CD entitled 'One People'; a release well received on the local music scene.
In addition to playing with the bands, Michael was teaching himself the art of recording and composition. As a composer using his home studio (Studio Nine Productions), he has licensed original music for NBC, ABC and CBS television, including shows "The Voice", "Vice", "Last Call with Carson Daly", "The Colbert Report", "The Great Christmas Light Fight", "Let's Make a Deal", "Oprah", "The Biggest Loser", "JAG", "Keeping Up With The Kardashians", "One Life To Live" and "The Nate Berkus Show " among many others. International composition clients include Macmillan Educational Publishing the Mexico and UK branches. He has also worked outside the house as a freelance recording engineer, and as an author has been published numerous times in the international periodical 'Recording Magazine' and the Berklee College of Music alumni magazine 'Berklee Today'.