Artist Name: Andy Michaels
Song Title: Angel
Genre: Easy Listening/Pop
Release Date: January 2018
Andy Michaels + Kerry Ironside – Ange
“Andy has such soul-inspiring music!”
– Q108 Radio – Canada, Oct 2017
“It’s especially gratifying to discover new music that appreciates melody and lyric and can be appreciated by audiences of any age or genre “
– Broken Road Radio, USA, Nov 2017
“Poet, composer, singer and guitarist, Andy is a wonderful breath of fresh of fresh air in a somewhat cynical and tumultuous musical world.”
– Coastal Times, WA, 2016
While his songs and music have been described as “True Adult Contemporary Music”, Andy’s recent album “Revisited “, has been described as “having something for fans of every genre” and “an eclectic collection of inspiration.”
– The Indie Source (March 2018)
He has established a popular following with his works compared with international legends R.E.M, David Bowie, and Neil Young. His voice is unique and gives passion and vitality to his songs, and compared to Michael Stipe, Peter Gabriel, and Cat Stevens, whilst his lyrics are not only intelligent and profound but innocent and appealing. “A lyrical anomaly and a phenomenal poet”.
– The Indie Source (March 2018)
Andy’s arrangements and music style are also reminiscent of Cold Play and Pink Floyd. For added impact on several songs on his new album, “Revisited”, he also enlisted the amazing, Macey Gray sounding, vocal talent of UK-born Kerrie Ironside. Only a few months old, “Revisited” has already earned rave reviews:
“Revisited is an Extraordinary Achievement”
– SleepingBag Studios, USA, (Jan 2018)
Andy has played guitar since a car accident left him temporarily incapacitated before he was 20 years of age. His poems have been published by the International Library of Poetry, USA. Andy has not lost his passion for performing, with regular performances around Australia as well as in Asia, including China. He has performed on National TV while backed by a 20 piece Orchestra to a million viewers.
His songs have received radio play in many countries including Australia, USA, England, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, and even Russia, and Netherlands, where his songs have been syndicated to multiple radio stations.
Andy is now back in the studio and has started to record his highly anticipated follow-up album to the hugely successful “Revisited”. It is anticipated to be finished by end of this year (2018) and an international tour is also likely to be announced for 2019.
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“We believe that his new album will take him to Australian major Icon Status”.
“A powerhouse singer/songwriter bringing music that touches the Soul. An incredible album for fans of every genre. 10/10 ”.
“Rod Stewart meets Worship in this magical journey of production. Will have you scratching your head with this extraordinary production”.
“A guru with an incredible mastery of music, capable of transforming his poetry and narrative into hypnotic, sweet and powerful melodies that make “Revisited” an extraordinary work”.
“A marvelous array of melodic majesty and magical journeys. The album is a mood drawing, inspirational listen”.
“The album “Revisited” is a poignant, sensitive, and affecting conglomeration of music and poetry at its best. It defies genre and contains a spiritual essence rare in today’s music industry”. Indiepulse Music
“The blend of his voice and the words to the songs can move some listeners to emotions.”
“Poignant and meaningful, relevant and important in our modern times…Simply put damn good music”.
“Continues to deliver new exciting music…With fine songwriting, arrangements, and musicality, music fans can certainly enjoy this comforting album”.
“A magnificent piece of art…brings you on this journey where every turn holds something unexpected. An experience worthy of an hour of your time and then some.”
“An Australian artist is on a welcomed quest to share his creative acumen. With his latest album release, Revisited, he deftly demonstrates what happens when an array of musical genres are effectively blended.”
Tell us your history.
I was born on a farm in the rural wheat belt of Western Australia. My mother played guitar which inspired me later to pick up a guitar, as raising seven kids in a hostile and remote environment, it was one of the few pleasures she had time for.
It was after a serious car accident when I was 18 years old, that I seriously started learning and playing guitar and writing songs. At that time I was in my first year studying Business Law and Accounting at a West Australian University.
I played the pub scene regularly but there was never enough financial incentive to do it full time so I was lucky I had a full-time job to fall back on.
My mother passed away several years ago (I miss ya Mum!). I dreamed about her a couple of years ago and she told me in my dream I had to get back into music. That’s absolutely true! My recent album, “Revisited”, is the result and it is a coincidence (or fate), that one song “Where are you now” got picked up by a UK Radio Station, and then my album just took off from there. My songs are now being played in over 40 countries.
Describe yourself as an artist.
Always evolving! It’s tough out there but I appreciate everything I have. Having compassion foremost as a human being but also as an artist makes it easier for me to write songs about things and events that many listeners can identify with. On-request-Mag said: “What really makes this artist stand out above the rest is his command over the storytelling of his album. Each song tells a different tale, one that touches on core emotions we’ve all felt at one point or another, and yet he brings these feelings to life almost effortlessly”.
Tell us the genre of your music.
Eclectic – I like that no-one can seem to be able to put me in a generic genre box. Music is the only genre I like, whether that be Pop, Rock, Country, Acoustic, Christian, or Soul. Again On-request-mag said: “Refusing to be defined, singer/songwriter Andy Michaels brings multiple genres and sounds together in an effort to bridge the gap between these styles, and focus on what matters, and that’s the story of the song and the music being played.”
Tell us the story behind your song.
Angel evolved after witnessing the birth of my little girl four years ago. Any parent will tell you that holding a newborn baby in your arms for the first time is one of the most humbling, unique, and soul-inspiring experiences in our lifetimes. She is still my little “Angel” and I am smiling as I write this. It is also her as the little girl in the video.
Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.
Acceptance as to who and what I am. I have six brothers and sisters but only one sister ever bothers to contact me. The others are too busy being wealthy rapeseed (Canola) grain, growers. The only family gatherings I get invited to are funerals, haha. I sent them all a CD of my last album and not one even acknowledged it, but hey I love them all and think of them every day. Life should be about the journey, not the destination. Luckily my father is still living and he has been so wonderfully supportive of me and my music since my mother died. She would be so proud of him now.
I guess all musicians face that “why am I different” moment and sometimes it’s downright scary and frightening. I can express those fears lyrically and melodically and it’s why I think my music can make many people explore their vulnerabilities and hidden fears inside.
Discuss the recording and production of the song.
It was after “Angel” was recorded that my producer, Andy Court said hey, this song is so beautiful and inspirational, let’s add some choir harmonies at the end. I just said go for it and the result is simply amazing. Both versions are great but the choir version definitely has that “wow” factor.
List the names of blogs, radio, or television stations that have supported you so far.
David Wright from the Wright Music Group is determined to take my music to the World and I am humbly appreciative of that.
Marvin from “iPluggers” for finding me and asking if he could send my songs to radio stations.
So many Radio Stations that see my music filling a void in the radio market e.g. Q108 Radio in Canada said “Andy has such soul inspiring music!”
Also, Broken Road Radio in the USA said “It’s especially gratifying to discover new music that appreciates melody and lyric and can be appreciated by audiences of any age or genre”.
Rock journalists like Eileen Shapiro (Huffing Post and Getoutmag) wrote genuinely heart-touching reviews. Jimmy Star from the Jimmy Star Show; thanks for taking me under your wing.
David and Lynda at Airplay Direct (APD) for always being there and seeing merit in “Angel” to release it on a compilation CD worldwide to over 11,000 Radio Stations.
For those many that I can’t fit on here, thank you, thank you!
I am living in a small city out of Perth called Mandurah but the local radio station, 97.3 FM refuses to play me as it considers me NOT mainstream or top 40 pop enough!
Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.
Thankfully I still have a day job as (at this stage at least) as music is so expensive to record, produce, and market, and everyone has their hands out. Having a young family is also challenging but it’s just a matter of compromise and putting everything in perspective.
I am lucky to be here and just simply appreciative of everything I have in my life.
Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.
I guess I am one of the “Overnight Success” stories that took over 20 years! I have had experience previously in financially managing other hugely successful bands, never thinking that one day this would also be me. I want to find and nurture other singers and up-and-coming singers/songwriters and get them out on the world stage. There is so much unbelievable undiscovered talent, locally, nationally, and internationally and I wouldn’t rest unless I did whatever I could in my power to do my best to make some of them heard.
Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Many of my songs come from my dreams. Other songs are just inspired from I see and feel around me. I am very sensitive and intuitive, and compassion should be seen as a human strength, not a weakness in a sometimes selfish and materialistic society.
Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.
Write from your heart but co-write with your soul. Honestly, that’s all… I was told by a brother when I was 20 years old to stop singing because I was dreadful. It didn’t stop me from singing (Sorry Frank!) but it did make me realize when you do anything with just your heart and soul you can achieve just about everything.
Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Just be yourself. Stick to what you believe and don’t change for anyone. I spent my life trying to change to please other people. It’s now, I realize, all I needed to do is try to please myself first!
Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have received.
I have written more than 120 songs but many are still to be recorded. “Revisited” has given me the courage and strength to now bring many of them out into public attention.
Having Airplay Direct (APD) pick up “Angel” and release it internationally gives me the conviction that my music is on the right path.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
It’s funny but I have never thought of myself as a Poet but others do.
“A lyrical anomaly and a phenomenal poet”
– The Indie Source (March 2018)
To me, it’s just about having the lyrics mesh with the song melody to create an emotive and strong piece of music where each supports the other. My producer is a hard taskmaster and perfectionist and my old general – “She’ll be alright, that’s good enough” doesn’t sit well with him and we will be there for hours until I get it right!
Singing is the hardest part for me now and that’s why I enjoy collaborating with other singers who also bring the best out of me.
Name your favorite artists for collaboration.
I would love to collaborate with Neil Young and Cat Stevens. They were both my childhood inspirations. Train, Ed Sheeran, and Keith Urban are also other artists I admire.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I wouldn’t. I would just pay my bills, support those who have unselfishly supported me over the years and make sure my immediate and past families are OK. The rest I would use to set up a charity.
Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.
I’m old school so it took me ages to work out how the 21st century works. Reverbnation is great for growing my fan base and CD Baby and Host Baby is my mainly interactive platform. I confess my Facebook page doesn’t get the attention that it should deserve. Getting on Spotify lists is my next goal.