Coined as one of USA TODAY’s intriguing tracks on the Playlist “Sophisticated Lady is over a laid-back R&B groove, the singer/songwriter croons about how special his woman is! At the age of 23, John Michael has established himself as one of the premier singer/songwriters of the upcoming generation. Born in northeast Washington, D.C. and raised in Virginia, John Michael began writing at 16 years old. He has penned material for several distinguished producers who have worked with top artists such as Wale, Rick Ross, Lloyd, and Jay Sean. Unaware of his innate ability to sing, music always surrounded him growing up. His mother subjected him to the sounds of James Taylor while his father introduced him to the world of soul, funk, and big band. Throughout high school he dropped hooks for classmates during freestyle battles and mixed his own beats. He began to take his talent more seriously after friends were blown away by his rendition of Dru Hill’s “April Showers.” It was at this point that singing and writing transitioned from a hobby to a daily grind. Musically influenced by Stevie Wonder, Glenn Lewis, Donell Jones, Jon B., Lauryn Hill and Dru Hill, his unique ability to write and perform places him among the elite. “I set my standards high. I view my competition as Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and similar artists out today,” said John Michael. “I need my music to sound like that or better.” His strong work ethic and willingness to put in long studio hours has resulted in soulful hits like “Just a Man” and “Where I Belong.” John Michaels hit single “Sophisticated Lady” Now playing on these RADIO STATIONS and GROWING • Sacramento’s V101.1 • Richmond’s 106.5 The Beat, • Rochester’s WDKX 103.9, • Los Angeles’ KJLH 102.3, • Chattanooga’s WMPZ 93.5 , • Atlantic City WTTH 96.1, • Norfolk’s WOWI 102.9, • Jackson’s WKXI 107.5, • Sirius XM Radio’s Channel 48 “Heart & Soul”. • “Sophisticated Lady” has also been featured on SINGERSROOM and Urban Flava TV in the UK. • Named Artist of the month by Clear Channel The key to success for John Michael is that he never gives up. His determination to prove skeptics wrong only adds fuel to his fire. This focus and dedication keeps him in the studio writing new material for his EP coming out in 2012.