When it comes to song writing, the story's the thing, and Michael Chain (www.michaelchain.com
) tells one with the best of them. No big surprise. Chain has been a top music and screenwriter for years (major artists record his tunes and his shows have been EMMY nominated). And the man can sing. A quick listen to any cut on Chain's new CD Loud and Proud makes that clear.
Michael wrote and produced his latest CD with engineer Dave Matthews twiddling knobs at Studio 19 in Nashville and the first cut released, "Do You Wanna Do It?", hit number one on the Hot AC Indie Charts. Musicians stand in line to work with Chain and his musical family includes folks who have played with George Harrison, Steely Dan, the Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Joe Cocker, Elton John, Billy Joel, Tom Waits, Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Dylan, Waylon, Faith, Tina, Shania... this band don't suck! They love getting to stretch on Chain's unique brand of music and they play their hearts out for him. You can't really categorize Chain's genre - it's way too eclectic - so we call it "loud and proud." No tricks, no loops, no pitch-fixing, no Pro Tools - just strong songs, solid vocals, killer tracks. Chain is all about the music.
Chain knows his way around a recording studio, but concerts are where his heart is - no audience in a session. From hell holes the Hollywood Bowl he has shared the stage with everybody from Led Zeppelin to Frank Sinatra.
B.J. Thomas, Vicki Laurence, Lee Roy Van Dyke, the Knack, Eric Andersen, Wayne Newton, the Mills Brothers, Manuela Torres and John Davidson, to name a few, have cut Michael's tunes and his script credits range from Punky Brewster and Police Academy to Rambo and Chuck Norris. You've heard Chain's voice as the Transformers, the Chicken McNuggets, and on hundreds of TV and radio spots.
Michael grew up(?) in the wilds of Laurel Canyon when it was the Music Mecca of rock. His parents gave him a guitar for his thirteenth birthday to get him to put down his BB gun and it worked. Music became his passion. Sinatra gave the boy his first singing job, Bob Dylan encouraged him to pursue a recording career, and Buck Owens told Michael "cut your damn hair!"