Giving Sunshine That Has Emerged From Behind The Clouds
“Waitin For A Train” is Michael Skinner’s third full-length CD release over the last decade. An award-winning and outspoken advocate on issues involving child safety and exploitation, Skinner threads a sense of justice through his music, though the tracks “Songs For the Keys To Your Life,” “Joy” and “Maureen” offer his fans the sunshine that has emerged from behind the clouds.
The ten songs that comprise the acoustic pop sounds of “Pirates” still address angst and accountability, love and loss, but anger is replaced by a degree of acceptance. Skinner sings in the title cut: “A sturdy ship from those at hand will help your passage, Deliver you to a new land…Position your ship so that the sun shines in their faces.”
Listen as Mike sings “Brush Away Your Tears” from his latest album release “Waitin’ For A Train”.
Michael Skinner is an accomplished motivational and inspirational speaker available for radio, television, and live performances. His blend of humor, compassion, listening, and just being present disarms one of the major weapons abusers count on: silence.
Stopping The Stigma of Mental Illness Through Song
“Train of Tears” signals the rebirth of Skinner on several levels. The original songs are gritty, touched by the angst his long journey has led him through, but also by a renewed hope. He has dipped into a deep well of emotions and brought them to the surface: Mental Illness is a challenge to be taken on, not a definition of who or what a person is. The stigma, which can be just as damaging as the illness in its isolation, is one that Skinner wants to actively speak out against.
Healing Trauma, Abuse, & Mental Health Through Music , Education & Advocacy
Thank you for visiting my website, please take some time perusing and learning what I am about as a musician and as an advocate. I wear ‘two hats’, so to speak, one as a singer/songwriter/guitarist performing songs about life in coffeehouses, pubs, schools, business events, private events and so much more. I also utilize some of my music and public speaking for presentations at conferences, training seminars, and events all over the country that have to do with healing from the concerns of trauma, abuse, and mental health. Two distinct musical endeavors and I make sure that whatever the occasion I am hired for, I present the music that best fits the event.
As a musician and songwriter, I like to write songs about life, love, loss and hope. And that’s important to me, for at the end of the day I do want to leave people with a sense of hope and inspiration.
Mike Skinner – Musician
Read about Mike’s experiences with live performances and his skill in developing a fast rapport with his audience – a professional musician for over 40 years, he has performed in some of the same venues as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and AC/DC to name a few.
Mike has triumphed over years of victimization during his childhood and adult years. He has transformed this horrific experience into a positive and caring force for others. Read how Mike uses insight, compassion and music to help others who have had similar pasts.
Musician Michael Skinner has crafted his albums “Train of Tears” , “Pirates”, and the new release, “Waitin’ For a Train” the hard way. As a former member of a number of successful rock bands, including American Train which toured England in the late 70’s, the guitarist/drummer saw his whole world change back in the early 90’s with the onset of complex PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and depression from childhood abuse, but with persistence, patience, and hard work he has returned to his musical endeavors.
Your presence alone portrayed so much strength. Your music is powerful. I admire your strength to remain so open with yourself in your music. Your openness creates such a connection between you and your listeners. It’s amazing.
It is Mike Skinner’s immersive lyrics that are most impressive; they tell the story of his life, his pain, heartbreak, recovery, and renewal. Add to that his voice and guitar and you have a talent ready to take off!