MICHAEL SHANKS-Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Someone very special to me told me I needed to write a biography to put on my website so people could understand a little more about who I am and how I’ve evolved. I looked around at other biographies and came to the conclusion that I’m supposed to make myself sound really great in some 3rd person kind of ruse. Well, I find that a bit too self-promoting for my taste.
So here it is in a nut shell.
I was band geek in high school who learned to sing listening to country and heavy metal music. Brass instruments taught me how to breath, Michael Jackson taught me that entertainment was a complete art form. Metallica taught me that simple songs with tons of passion could unlock the doors to people’s hearts. And Garth Brooks made me believe that if I love something big enough I could make it cool. I could list the number of bands that I’ve been in or written with, but I honestly don’t remember them all. I could say the same thing about the songs I’ve written. I’m not happy with my songs or my representation of them, but I love the way they make me feel when I perform them. If you ask me what I sound like, I would say smooth and silky, but nobody agrees. I’m ever evolving with a daily routine of self reflection and confusion. My songs are about great memories or happy thoughts. I don’t feel a need to write music that torments and then play them several nights a week. I keep the therapy in the moment and let it go.
I am not committed to one genre of music, but I tend to make things a little country, a little soul and a little rock and roll!
So, if you’ve made it this far into this rant of self promotion, then I hope to see you at a gig where the biography continues to write itself.
“Love what you love with all your heart and learn to accept the rest”.
My love for music was born somewhere around the age of 5, maybe 6, in my Grandma Walker’s living room listening to Ferlin Husky sing “On the Wings of a Snow White Dove” on vinyl. I’ll never forget that old record player or the first time I heard the crackles of a record once that needle hit the vinyl.
I grew up singing southern gospel music in church and sitting around my grandma’s table singing old gospel hymns like “I’ll Fly Away”.
As a teenager in the 90’s, I began singing lead in an all original rock band and loved the 90’s edge. Those were some of the best times of my life, and I met some killer musicians along the way.
After the 90’s, I took about a seven year hiatus from music. One thing I realized during that time was that I really need to be playing music. It’s a huge piece of who I am. So, another band was formed and, although short lived, fun times were had by all. After that is when I truly believe I found my voice, my style, what I truly love to sing. I had more freedom to write and explore who I really am as a musician. I picked up a guitar and wrote my first song. I learned a lot about myself.
Southern music, blues, soul. That’s me.
I suppose everything comes full circle at some point.
This band gives me the freedom to be me.