Michael was the Pianist, Arranger and Associate Musical Director for the hit FOX-TV series American Idol for over a decade and has mentored everyone from Kelly Clarkson to Carrie Underwood. Michael is currently the Vocal Coach on the hit NBC show LITTLE BIG SHOTS hosted by Steve Harvey. Michael has appeared on Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and a record number of appearances on The Ellen Show accompanying every Idol winner.
Michael began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see “Mary Poppins” and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he has become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert, theater, and nightclub scene.
Michael has collaborated with music industry giants such as Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Lopez, and Tony Bennett all as a result of American Idol. He also served as a pianist/coach for the successful summer series American’s Got Talent (Seasons 1 & 2) and a few seasons back American Juniors and has Associate Produced two hit singles (God Bless the U.S.A. and What The World Needs Now Is Love) for American Idol as well as the hit compilation CD from American Juniors.
He has also played with and conducted performances for many celebrities including Ariana Grande, Kristen Bell, Sabrina Carpenter, Kristin Chenoweth, Tony-Winner Debbie Gravitte, Jennifer Holliday, Olivia Holt, Sally Kellerman, Idina Menzel to name a few. Michael played for the hit shows “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY”, “RUTHLESS!”, and “WHEN PIGS FLY” in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the legendary MGM star Ann Miller.
Michael served as Associate Musical Director on the NBC production of HAIRSPRAY LIVE . He also is the vocal coach on NBC’s Little Big Shots.