Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Michael Skinner is fulfilling a long held childhood dream to play the guitar, sing, and write songs. Since first picking up the guitar and learning to play it back in 1995-96, his musical adventure has brought him to new heights of achievement with the release of a successful album titled “TRAIN OF TEARS” in 1999, designing and establishing a website in February 2002 that has garnered over one million visitors from 40 different countries. In May of 2003, Michael released his second album “PIRATES” and in April 2008 he released his third album – “WAITIN’ FOR A TRAIN”. His performances have brought him throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Washington, DC, North Carolina, Tennessee, California and all points in between. He has received some great reviews about his music from the press, but more importantly, the accolades from those who have seen his performances, buy his albums, and visit the website are indeed proof that he is doing the “right thing”.
Michael first entered the world of music as a drummer when he was ten years old. Throughout his early teen years his band performed for many school dances, teen centers, and they won their fair share of the Battle of the Bands contests. His later teen years found this success parlayed into being a fulltime professional drummer, performing in nightclubs throughout New England and New York. Eventually his skills as a drummer led him to perform and tour all of Great Britain for two years with the rock band “American Train”. For several years after their return home to Boston, MA, “Train” continued to perform and record in New England and New York. Later on, Michael took his knowledge and skills into the business end of things in music and started a highly successful management and booking agency representing rock bands who toured all over the East coast, as far mid-west into Chicago, and from Toronto to New Brunswick in Canada. Some severe health problems and concerns forced Michael to leave the music business for several years. He has now returned full force in living out his long held childhood dream of playing the guitar, writing songs, and singing and is loving every minute of it.