John Michael Presney
A singer, songwriter, and actor originally from Chicago, IL, John Michael is best known for his work with the national tour of the Broadway show, "Million Dollar Quartet." John Michael started writing songs at a young age and ventured into performing full steam, but was never satisfied with just one outlet and began building an acting car...
A singer, songwriter, and actor originally from Chicago, IL, John Michael is best known for his work with the national tour of the Broadway show, "Million Dollar Quartet." John Michael started writing songs at a young age and ventured into performing full steam, but was never satisfied with just one outlet and began building an acting career as well as one in music. He attended multiple fine arts colleges where he honed his craft as a professional, but the structure left him feeling tied down. His unwillingness to succumb to types and genres helped him forge his own path through the world of conservatory arts training and emerge with a new agenda. After leaving theatre school, and with the knowledge that the only path he could take was to make music on his own terms, he began the long process of writing what would be his debut record. But things have a funny way of working and he was cast in the First National Tour of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet" (about the eponymous event) portraying the father of rockabilly, Carl Perkins. With Million Dollar Quartet, John Michael had the opportunity to play his guitar and sing across the world for thousands of people. He has spent nights drinking whiskey and recording at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis; soaking in its soul. He has worked alongside and learned from some of the fathers and giants of Rock and Roll. He has been seen on national as well as international t.v. The show provided him the opportunity to play rock and roll music on a scale that most can only dream of. Having taken the opportunity to write in hotel rooms across the world, John Michael released his debut record, "The Nighttime and the Dawn." It was recorded in Beverly Hills, CA with J.D. Andrews (The Rolling Stones, Kanye West) at Billy Bob Thornton's legendary home studio, "The Cave." The record is genre spanning and directly influenced by his nights on the road in strange cities and beds. Fueled by heartbreak and liquor, it features his explosive band and guest strings by Jessy Greene (Wilco, The Foo Fighters). Whether with his full band or by himself, plugged in and turned up or acoustic and intimate, his performances and songs speak loudly. The choruses soar and the guitar sings. Always engaging, his powerful songs speak to the romantic in all of us. John Michael continues to act frequently, but his main focus is his music.
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