Music has always been Michael's first love, his fondest memories are being in choir as a child, and being raised with a piano in the living room where he would plunk and write his own songs. His instrument of choice however is the guitar, which he started learning at 11 years old. He still does love the piano, which he started "officially" learning at 16.
Musical talent also runs in Michael's family. His uncles, Jim Mayer & Peter Mayer, have been the guitarist and bassist for Jimmy Buffet's "Coral Reefer" band for last 20+ years. His uncle Peter Mayer, is a talented guitarist as well as popular independent artist. Jim Mayer, is a popular children's musician, known as "Uncle Jim". Michael's cousin Brenden Mayer is currently signed to Jimmy Buffet's Mailboat Records and has toured and performed with Jimmy Buffet.
Michael's major musical influences are Jason Mraz, Damien Rice, John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, The Script, One Republic and his vocal coach, mentor and friend Trevor Davis.