Musician / Creative Composer / Arranger / Producer / Engineer
A Commitment to Excellence
Mikael is a professional and accomplished guitarist whose love for music began at an early age when he started with formal guitar training in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Later, as a student at Howard University, he mastered his skills and talent, and was recognized by Walter “Clyde” Orange, and asked to become a member of the legendary Commodores. It was not long before Mikael became their lead guitarist, a position he held from 1995 -2005. During his ten year tenure with the Commodores, Mikael was requested by Clyde to not only showcase his talents, but to write music for the group as well.
While touring with the Commodores, Mikael shared a live stage with such performers as Mya, Silk, Glenn Lewis, Gladys Knight, Isaac Hayes, and a host of others. Mikael appeared on the Lou Rawls Telethon with Stevie Wonder, Ashford & Simpson, and Brian McKnight. On the international stage (including a tour of Japan), Mikael shared the stage with Boyz II Men, Diana Ross, and the Temptations.
Before working with the Commodores, Mikael collaborated with Frank Cornelius of the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose. The groups’ single, “Fat Bottom Girls,” was a regular hit on Black Entertainment Television (BET). Always in good company, Mikael studied and collaborated with Walter “Junie” Morrison, original keyboardist and lead vocalist for the Ohio Players. In the mid-1980’s, Mikael’s single, “It Must Be Nice,” made it to the top 20 in the Miami market and was featured on the hit television show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
After a near fatal automobile accident, sustaining injuries to his neck, spine, and fingers; Mikael had surgery and worked hard to recover. In 2007, he released his first solo album, “In Ya Pocket”. This album showcased the never-ending timeline of a unique blend of jazz, rhythm, blues, and a touch of reggae by Mikael. Two songs, from this CD ended up as background music for the “Weather Channel”; “Mi Latinos”, and “Mo Better”.
On October 1st, 2015, Mikael released his second solo album, “Grooveology (Prelude), and that is when his feature arrangement of “Highway 105”, climbed immediately into the Top 50 Smooth Jazz charts as well as the Smooth Jazz MediaBase charts. “Highway 105” continued to make it into Top Ten charts on radio stations around the globe. Billboard station, KJZY, had this song featured at #1 for weeks. SmoothJazzBoston also had this song featured in their Top 5 charts for months as well as the WAVE.fm, out of Canada. Another song, “All I Do”, is climbing the charts as well and is being played around the globe, along with “Highway 105”. Mikael’s music is now being played in the UK, Scotland, Canada, Italy, Austria, Australia, France, and Germany as well as the USA, and the list of countries is still growing. Mikael's latest album, “Grooveology (The Finale)” hit the market on August 16, 2016. On December 31, 2016, it was announced to the music industry that Mikael's album, "Grooveology Prelude" was selected as one of the year's Top 50 albums by the smoothjazz.com charts, founded by Sandy Shore; smoothjazz.com/charts/yearend_2016.php
In addition to writing music, Mikael will be appearing in some very well-known “night clubs” and jazz festivals in the next leg of his promotional development. He is very excited to be returning to the stage for intermittent appearances around the USA and hopes to perform on stages in Europe as well as other parts of the World in the coming future. Lastly, in addition to writing and composing music, Mikael also spends time building recording studios and mentors new artists to believe in themselves, and maintain good work ethics as they work to achieve their dreams.
DETAILSSandra Griffin, Marketing & Promotions Manager
Mikael Man Guitarist, formerly with the Commodores
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