Only in his 20â€™s composer, pianist and recording artist Jeffrey Michael has performed for millions of people and sold over 250,000 CDâ€™s worldwide with his self-promotion strategy and record label Fireheart Music.
Jeffrey Michael grew up in Sterling Heights and Novi, Michigan. As a 2 year old he used to bang on his Great Grandmotherâ€™s piano. In 1983 she passed away and her piano was passed along to Jeffreyâ€™s mother. She actually told him not to touch the piano for fear that he would damage it at such a young age. Naturally, he disobeyed her and began playing the piano by ear when he was 6 years old, going on to compose his own music by 11 years old. Jeffrey does not read music but rather is a self-taught musician who utilizes his excellent ear for his music and composes using a special shorthand that he developed as a child prodigy. Some of his musical influences include George Winston, David Lanz, Suzanne Ciani, John Tesh, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, John Williams, Thomas Newman, Dave Matthews, Pink Floyd, James Blunt, David Gray and Coldplay.
At age 15 Jeffrey broke his right hand and could barely use it to play piano for many months which caused him to develop his left hand much more fully than many pianists. Now he is known for his dexterous two-hand counterpoint melodies. That same year Jeffrey borrowed $1,000 from his father, went to a recording studio and made a tape of his compositions that he began selling in his high school. In two weeks he paid his dad back. The next year he made another tape. By the time he graduated, he had sold 5,000 albums of instrumental music primarily to high schoolers!
1n 1996 after briefly taking business classes at Eastern Michigan University and Schoolcraft College, Jeffrey created Fireheart Music. Since then he has developed his company into an independent record label and music production company where he composes, produces and arranges piano CDâ€™s. Under the Fireheart label he has released and self-promoted 7 piano CDâ€™s including Inspirations (1996), Sailing to the Stars (1999), Winter Spirits (1999), Reflections (2000), Kaleidoscope (2002), After the Storm (2004) and Awakening (2006).
For the past 8 years Jeffrey has been touring the United States performing small concerts and more recently has become one the top art festival musicians in the country. He has also performed for many illustrious companies including Fox, Robert Mondavi Wineries, Versace and The American Cancer Society.
Jeffrey also composes music for film, television and video games. He has his own recording studio and has composed music for many projects. Some of his credits include music on the Sci-Fi Channel, ABC, Bravo and Oxygen as well as various reality TV shows.
Jeffrey is also co-owner of Half Genius Productions, an independent film production company in the Los Angeles area. He plays the guitar, enjoys screenwriting, painting, traveling, fishing, golf, hockey and has played soccer throughout Europe. He now resides in Hermosa Beach, California."
Check out the artist's website:
1. Winter Spirits (Part 1) : Snow
2. Silent Night
3. Carol of the Bells
4. Angels Among Us
5. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
6. O Come All Ye Faithful
7. Oh Christmas Tree
8. Joy to the World
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. The First Noel
11. Variations on Pachelbel's Canon in D
12. Winter Spirits (Part 2) : Peace