In 1987, his recording studio and company, Mike Strickland Productions, Inc. was formed. That same year, he recorded his first album of original music entitled "Floating". This upbeat, creative recording soon attracted the attention of CBS Sports producer, Frank Chirkinian and was used for the PGA Golf telecasts for several seasons.
Since that time, Mike has produced 14 more CD releases entitled: "Time Remembered"-1990; "Christmas Time"-1991; "Traveling On"-1993; "My Favorite Things"-1994; "My Favorite Things, Vol. 2"-1995; "Starry Night"-1995; "Music Of The Night"-1996; "Moonlight"-1997; "On The Wind"-1998; "The Piano"-1999; "Jazz, Blues and Boogie"-2000; "Duo"-2001; "Touch The Sky"-2003; "All-Time Piano Favorites"-2003.
In the last 20 years, Mike has performed extensively all over the United States as a solo artist and with various groups. In 2002 Mike was a guest soloist with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra in Rapid City, SD debuting two original piano works and composing and arranging for the performance with the 90 piece orchestra plus jazz piano trio. Recently Mike's 12 year old daughter, Elizabeth Strickland, a gifted classical pianist, has been performing with Mike on his concert tours.
To date, he has recorded 15 CDs on his own label, MSP Records. His recordings have been broadcast nationally on several radio and television programs. His music is also broadcast through several foreground music companies via satellite to 40,000 businesses nationwide, and has been distributed commercially to gift and specialty store markets throughout the USA including DisneyWorld gift properties and The Sharper Image stores.
In addition to performing Mike has produced, arranged and engineered on over 35 different CD projects. Mike's publishing company, Strickland Music, currently licenses his original music and other artists music in the USA and internationally.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Touch the Sky
2. I Can Fly (Di's Theme)
3. Promise For Romance
4. The Emporer's Return
5. Circus Waltz
6. My True Love
7. Skippin' Along
8. Lullaby of the Rain
9. Pretty Money
10. Little Song
11. The French Cafe' Revisited