During his career, Michael has written for every medium – print, video & film, radio, television, theatre and the Internet. A professional songwriter as well, Michael got his start as a jingle lyric writer for the William B. Tanner Company, which later became Media General Broadcast Services. His songs have been recorded by Shelby Lynn, Jimmy Griffin, Jim Brickman and Clay Crosse.
He is the co-writer (along with Stephony Smith) of the Memphis holiday classic “Christmas in Memphis” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlg-icJJfBU . It was written in 1985 and originally recorded by The Media General Singers.
In 1985 he was signed as a staff songwriter for Chips Moman Music http://www.chipsmoman.com when the famous “American Sound Studios and 827 Thomas Street Band” writer/producer returned to Memphis and set up a new state of the art studio at the old fire station at 3rd Street and Linden.
As a film & video writer, producer and director, he has worked on advertising and marketing campaigns for such clients as FedEx, Dover Elevator, MCI, Holiday Inn, Owen Brennan’s Restaurant, International Paper, Garden Plaza Hotel, Terry & Terry Homes, Thompson’s Water Seal, Libertyland/Mid-South Fair, Captain Bilbo’s Restaurant, Marriott & Renaissance Hotels International, St. Mary’s of the Plains Hospital (Lubbock, TX), The John Waddell Company, Twisstop Phone Jacks, Crews Safety Glasses/Memphis Glove, A.J.D. Pro-Line Caps, Preway Fireplaces, Brioski Antacid, Shane Toothpaste, Cub Cadet Tractors, Yard Man Lawn Mowers, Continental Systems Fitness Equipment, Elkington-Keltner Developments and Terminix. He won numerous local and regional Addy Awards for his work.
In 1981, he was also a writer/actor and producer for “Memphis Almost Alive,” a summer comedy/music show that aired on WPTY-TV Channel 24. From 1983-1986, he was writer/actor and executive producer for “Sinus City,” an award winning comedy/music show that aired on Memphis Cablevision’s Public Access Channel.
He received an M.A. in Communication Arts from Memphis State University in 1981. In 200o, he returned to his alma mater (now the University of Memphis) as adjunct professor in both the Department of Communication http://www.memphis.edu/communication and the ACAD freshmen orientation program http://www.memphis.edu/acad1100.
He has served on the board of the Memphis Songwriters Association and was a Memphis coordinator for the Songwriters Guild of America http://www.songwritersguild.com. He has taught his “ABC’s of Absolutely Brilliantly Conceived Lyrics” workshops for both MSA and SGA.
In 2001 he won American Songwriter Magazine’s Song of the Year Award.
In 2008 his song “Lone Star Flag” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nr0rNZXrRI (co-written with Wake Eastman) http://www.wakeeastman.com was released as a single by Pauline Reese http://www.paulinereese.com and her High Country Band on her album “Too Texas: Live At Cherry Ridge” and was nominated for “Record of the Year” by the Academy of Texas Music.
He is currently a freelance advertising copywriter, marketing consultant, humorist, songwriter, poet, playwright and entrepreneur. He offers creative services in both business and academia, and is available for lectures, workshops and seminars.