Chit Chatting with Michael Addison
Written by: Jill Sheets
Recently I got to interview singer Michael Addison. Continue to read on and learn more about him and his music.
R: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
M: I’m a die-hard musician that lives life to the fullest, every moment, one second to the next. I love traveling all over the world and staying active, whether it’s climbing Lion’s Head in South Africa or gazing at the sunset atop the Eiffel Tower. Other times I love spending days in the studio recording new music.
Another fact people don’t know about me is that I’ve been swimming my whole life and was a Division 1 swimmer in college. Later I won 2 USMS National Championships and currently train at UCLA.
R: At what age did you start singing and writing music?
M: I started writing at a very early age. Middle school through college, I wrote endless poems and essays. After I moved to LA I made a lot of those writings into songs. I worked with some great music coaches to find my vocal sound and started singing my original works shortly after.
R: Tell us about how you got discovered.
M: When I first got started, I was playing at smaller bars and recording my shows. I made DVDs and was passing them out to venues I wanted to perform at. One of the DVDs ended up in the hands of a promoter who also had a radio show. She invited me onto her show as a guest. After I played a couple of my songs, she told me her boyfriend was a producer and I should get in touch with him to record my songs.
R: Tell us about your album “Always You.”
M: This is a great CD from start to finish with a wide range of moving sounds. It’s a compilation of new songs I wrote for this album and past songs that I wanted to record and share with my fans. Some of the song lyrics are very close to my heart, telling eventful stories that took place in my life.
R: Tell us a little bit about it your single “Always You.”
M: “Always You” is a song that I was very passionate about from the start. I really wanted it to be catchy and fun. The lyrics are about that awesome feeling when you fall in love at first sight, and you just know you’re always meant to be with that person.
R: Where can people get your music?
M: The best place is on iTunes. Just type in “Michael Addison” in the search, my name and album “Always You” pop up. My website AddisonM.com also has a link.
R: I also read that you were an actor. Is that true? If so, do you have plans to continue acting or are you just going to concentrate on your music career?
M: Yes, I’ve been acting since High School. I would love to continue acting, but right now I’m blessed to be working on a lot of music projects and haven’t had the time to focus on acting. But that is something I hope to never let out of my life.
R: What do you look for in a girlfriend?
M: One word: FUN! There is nothing hotter than a girl that can make me laugh.
R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?
M: “Let the music come to you.”
-Larry Marciano (my producer)
R: What advice would you give someone who wants to become a singer?
M: Today a lot of people getting started in the music world are perfecting their own cover of a popular song and posting it on YouTube. This is a great way to get notoriety and a fan base. From there you can set up a website with videos of your performances. Also, be sure to keep up on your live performance skills. Find venues that have open mic nights or have local acts perform. The most important thing to remember is never give up on yourself and your dreams! You are the only person who can stop you from achieving anything.
R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart? If so, which ones and tell us about them.
M: My last show I worked with Harmony Project. They are a non-profit that focus on the music development of underprivileged children. Many schools do not have the resources to supply their students with music training and instruments. Harmony Project provides an inspiring outlet for these gifted children.
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
M: Do you bleach your teeth? (BTW, I never have)
R: What are you future goals?
M: I’m filming a new music video for my song “Come Back to Me” and working to get it on the MTV networks in the US and Europe. I’m also recording a new album early next year that will sound incredible, and take my music to a whole other level. Down the line my goals include top 40 hits, Grammy’s, and my own label.
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their address? Do you have an official website? If so, what is the address?
I also have a You Tube channel: youtube.com/michaeladdisonvideos where you can see my new music video for “Always You”.
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
M: It is an absolute honor and privilege to have the fans that I do. I worked very hard starting from nothing to find each and everyone one of you and hope to keep inspiring you everyday. Thank you so much for all the love and support and I promise to always give you my best!
R: Michael, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.