Born and raised in Oklahoma, Mike’s humble roots and keen eye for detail help him craft songs full of vivid images that have been described as “honest portraits of real people painted on a canvas of beautiful music.” Mike's clear, heartfelt vocal style is regularly compared to classic singer/songwriters like James Taylor and Jackson Browne while his evocative lyrics reflect the influences of musical wordsmiths like Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, John Moreland, and Slaid Cleaves.
Mike has won a host of prestigious national and international songwriting awards including two gold medal awards and the First Place/Grand Prize Award in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, First Place in the Folk/Acoustic category of The UK Songwriting Contest, and the Grand Prize Award in The Dallas Songwriter’s Association Songwriting Contest. He is a two-time finalist in The Kerrville Folk Festival's "New Folk" competition, a top 10 finisher in the Wildflower Performing Singer/Songwriter Contest, and a Bronze Medal winner in the American Songwriter Magazine lyrics contest. Mike’s debut album, American Tales, was released in 2015. His follow-up album At Home In The Darkness was released in November of 2018. At Home in the Darkness debuted at #11 on the Worldwide Folk DJ charts and continues to garner high praise across the folk music world.
A gifted live performer and a natural raconteur, Mike entertains audiences at music venues, folk festivals, and Songwriting Showcases from coast to coast. A particular favorite with folk fans, he has performed at The Connecticut Folk Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, The Wildflower Music Festival, The Tucson Folk Festival, and The Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival. In 2018 Mike was chosen to perform an official showcase at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Annual Conference. Mike has opened for regional and national touring acts including Michael Martin Murphy and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek.
An avid student of the craft of songwriting, Mike teaches songwriting workshops and provides songwriting mentoring to songwriters of every experience level. A former Army paratrooper who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Mike volunteers with a number of veteran-focused charities including The Warrior Music Foundation. Mike currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and son.