Bio: Michael Greenleaf|
Seattle born singer-songwriter now living in the Arizona desert, Mike has been writing and performing for over 40 years. His songwriting is heartfelt, intelligent, at times humorous, deeply personal and influenced by a wide variety of musical styles. He writes genuine songs about real life.
Over the years Mike has developed a charming, eclectic, individual approach to finger-style guitar, and his smooth, warm baritone voice has an easy, open, intimate style that speaks directly to the heart, allowing a gentle spirit of hope and kindness to shine through.
Having grown up during the folk-revival in the early '60's, Mike was captivated early in life by artists like Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan. Given his first guitar by an aunt at age 11, Mike has performed in a variety of musical incarnations.
At 19 he picked up the five string banjo, and later studied voice with George Peckham. But, even while venturing out and exploring performance in other musical genres like rock'n'roll, R & B, country and bluegrass, Mike has never lost touch with his folk-music oriented roots.
Mike's performance style is warm, open, engaging and unpretentious. He has become a gifted collector of songs, always seeking songs rich in meaning, poignancy and humor. Heart-touching songs that might move the listener to laugh or to cry.
He will often share a song by one of many songwriting role-models, folks like Steve Goodman, Paul Simon, Michael Peter Smith, Joni Mitchell, Dave Carter, James Taylor, Louden Wainwright III, Tom Waits, Steve Kinzie, John Prine, Brian Bowers, Steve Gillette, David Roth, Randy Newman, Mark Knopfler and Leonard Cohen.
To see his amazing collection of songs, including three CD's!, all available for download, please visit his website!