Described as one of the area's most exciting emerging artists, Michael Canty exploded onto the jazz scene with passion and energy. Originally from New York, Michael's influences include Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Donnie Hathaway, DJ Rogers, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. Joe Williams and Nat King Cole. A fan describes him as, "A ball of fire with a unique and captivating sound". "People feel you when you sing from experience"; Michael was quoted as saying in an interview with a NY Daily News columnist.
Michael began performing early touring Europe with guitarist and bandleader Doug Bischoff. He could be found performing at venues such as Lincoln Center, Sweetwaters and a host of Soho and Greenwich Village clubs with a group called the Young Jazz Soldiers.
Leaving music to "Get serious about my life", Michael began a long and successful career in Telecommunications. "Although I had a new career, I couldn't stay away from the clubs. A great performance is a high everyone should experience". Returning from a long break and standing in his birthright, Michael resurfaced in Washington DC studying with jazz Diva Ronnie Wells, piano impresario Ron Elliston and performing with talent the likes of piano master Elsworth Gibson, Bassist Wes "Sugar" Biles and Drummers Jeff Neal and Rodney Mathis. Michael sings jazz, blues, gospel, R&B and any other musical genre that allows deep expression. Michael began recording a CD of jazz standards in November.
For your listening pleasure, treat yourself to Michael.
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Bio prepared by Managing Advanced Concepts, November 2014