Mike was born and raised in Fayette County, TN. He taught himself to play guitar and piano by ear at an early age. He was heavily influenced by the gospel music his parents sang while he played piano in their gospel group. After high school he spent several years traveling with another gospel group on the road. But alongside his love of gospel music was his love of country and southern rock music. He loved the sound, the grit and the honest lyrics of Waylon Jennings, Hank, Jr., Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd just to name a few. So with some gospel soul, some southern rock attitude and a lot of country rebel, he sings with that same grit and emotion of those that influenced him....and always has a good time!