Our “Local Sound” series focuses on local musical artists in the area, this month brings us the incredible soul of Michael Elijah.
Michael was born in Muskegon Heights, Michigan (The great city of friendly people), Muskegon Heights is located in Southwest Michigan on Lake Michigan. Some of his favorite memories include the feel of sand between his toes as he would dive into the cool waters of Lake Michigan.He was born into a musical family. His dad would gather his brothers and him around and they would send all of the Motown hits, especially the Temptations. The Tempation’s were his father’s favorite group.
Later in life, he joined groups such as the Continental Five, Blackmail, Inc., and the Clever Gentlemen. They had a knack for dazzling audiences with their highly choreographed dance steps and smooth light harmonies. They also recorded hit songs such as “Love Like Yours” and “Not a Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”.
After a while, Michael chose to pursue a solo career. He picked up keyboard and learned to play it. Since then he has been playing at various venues around the valley. His musical sound is a combination of all of his influences, including Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, Country, and Music from the 50’s 60’s, 70’s & 80’s. He is proud of his ability to appeal to a broad range of musical tastes. It is because of that appeal that his audiences have never left unsatisfied! Stop in and listen to his all original music and incredible sound.
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