LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the release of his second CD in two months, his fourth in three years, and his 18th overall, Michael On Fire continues to carve out a unique niche as a fiercely independent, extremely prolific independent artist operating outside of the mainstream of the music industry.
On his newest offering, Michael On Fire Live in London, he's backed by a group of traditional Irish musicians and singers from London's West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Recorded in London, mixed in Sydney and mastered in Los Angeles, the result is an original blend of Americana – Irish – World music.
"I didn't set out to be an outsider," said Michael On Fire, "I've just always been clear on who and what I am and what I do, and I've tried to follow the voice of my heart and the path of my soul."
Cadillac Ranch, released in August, reveals Michael as a complete musical master. He wrote and arranged all the songs, plays all the instruments (real instruments in real time), sings every vocal part, and produced, engineered and mixed all the recordings.
"I've been fortunate to play and record and tour with great musicians all over the world," said Michael On Fire, "and that is a supremely joyful act – to make music with other people. At the same time, I am an artist, so sometimes it's necessary for me to create and express from a place that by-passes discussion and thought and collaboration, and to use my skills and my natural talents to convey a feel and a sound and a work of art that is uniquely 'me'."
The two EPs, released within 60 days of each other, come on the heels of last year's Always Yes, which spent half the year on the Americana radio charts.
Maverick Magazine wrote, "[Always Yes] epitomizes all that is so good about the Americana genre … honest, rootsy music by a veteran artist who makes music on his own terms regardless of current fads and fancies – we celebrate artists like that, especially when the music is of such uniformly high quality."
JANE AYER PUBLIC RELATIONS
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