Michael recently took the time to answer some questions. He discusses his album, his current single, and shares a little about himself in the process. Besides the fact that he enjoys long walks on the beach, that is. You have to love a man with a sense of humor. Be sure to spread the word. Also, when you are done here, head on over to his website for your autographed copy of his new album.
Tell us about your new album, please.
I'm really excited about this album! It's definitely my best work thus far. I poured myself into this, having cowritten all but one song. In fact, the collection of songs is what makes this album so great. I feel there is truly something for every listener, from the heartfelt ballad to fun rocker and everything in between. Also, even though every song is different, you can still find my signature sound throughout. That's another reason I'm proud of this; I've finally honed into what "my sound" is. It sure helps having had some of the best musicians in Nashville play on it.
"DNA" is your current single? Please share the story behind the song.
This is a unique song for me; a different style/vibe as well. I was writing with Rand Bishop (who wrote Toby Keith's number 1 hit, "My List") and basically had an idea in mind that loving someone was in a person's DNA. It actually started out as more of an uptempo song and evolved into the heartfelt song it is today as Rand and I kept writing. This is quickly becoming a fan favorite.
How would you describe your sound?
In a nutshell, country rock. You definitely find an "edge" in my music more often than not.
Who or what has most influenced your musical style?
Who inspires you, both personally and professionally?
A lot of people inspire me in general. I am fortunate to have a supportive family, friends, and band. A relatively new inspiration in my life is my 2-year-old daughter, Alyssa.
When did you first realize that music is the career for you?
Probably around 2010. I started my band in 2008 as a hobby, but I'm the type of person who pours myself into whatever I do. Once I got "rolling" I knew this would be something I couldn't let go of easily.
If you could share the stage with anyone you choose, who would be your dream duet partner?
Hmm, this is a tough one! There are a lot of people I'd like to do a duet with! For the sake of answering the question though, I'd pick Hilary Scott of Lady Antebellum if I were singing with a woman and Garth Brooks if I were singing with a man. That would be awesome.
If you could not do music, what would you do instead?
Well, I also do design work and marketing as well. I've found that a lot of creative designers double as musicians. I guess that shouldn't be too much of a surprise!
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I like sunsets and long walks on the beach. . .haha. Seriously, I do! Ok, ok, what I'd really like my fans to know is that I'm trying to take this thing as far as I can and any support I can get from you is much appreciated. Any likes and shares on social media go a long way. I've put a lot of effort into the new album and I want the world to listen to it! Speaking of which, the whole album will be available in its entirety on digital media outlets shortly. Currently, you can order physical CDs (autographed) from www.michaelchristophercountry.com.
What can fans expect from you in the future?
Hopefully, some big things! As you know, we recently released a music video for "DNA," which CMT was kind enough to premiere. Additionally, we also finished recording a video in New York City that will likely premiere in early 2017. Stay tuned!