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James Michael in 2011.
|Birth name||James Andrew Michael|
|Born||September 26, 1967|
|Origin||Holland, Michigan, U.S.|
He took piano lessons while growing up and sang in Holland High School's show choir, Vocal Dimensions. As a teen, he played in different local rock bands including The Way We Dress and Night Shift. In the late 1980s, he moved to Los Angeles where he slept on a friend's couch the first year and lived on a diet of junk food and beer.
James Michael has worked as a record producer, songwriter and/or engineer/mixer with many recording artists including Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, Meat Loaf, Mötley Crüe, HammerFall, Scorpions, Hilary Duff, The Rasmus, Papa Roach, Trapt, American Bang, Saliva, The Exies, Deana Carter, Sammy Hagar, Lillix, Sarah Kelly, Taylor Momsen, Halestorm, Jack's Mannequin, Brides of Destruction, Shahnaz and Marion Raven.
He put out his first solo album in 2000 entitled "Inhale". Michael wrote and mixed the entire album and often played all of the instruments, with the exception of a few guest artists. He released the song "Los Angeloser" on May 7, 2009 on MySpace.
Michael gave the song "Los Angeloser" to Meat Loaf which was released on Meat Loaf's album "Hang Cool Teddy Bear". Michael sung backing vocals on the song.
Michael is co-founder (along with Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba) and lead singer of the rock band Sixx:A.M.. The band’s debut album, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, produced by Michael, was on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart for 26 consecutive weeks and featured the No.1 rock track of 2008 and gold-selling single "Life Is Beautiful". He also co-wrote and handled production for the band’s second album, "This Is Gonna Hurt", which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 200 and its second track, "Lies of the Beautiful People", went No. 1 at Active Rock radio.
Michael produced, mixed and co-wrote (alongside Sixx:A.M. bandmate DJ Ashba) Mötley Crüe's last studio album Saints of Los Angeles that debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. He also co-wrote the song "Higher Than Heaven" for James Durbin's "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster" album released on November 21, 2011. He produced Papa Roach’s new album, "The Connection" (as well as co-wrote the track Where Did the Angels Go), which debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart. Other projects from around this time include writing the track "People Like Us" for the Kelly Clarkson "Greatest Hits - Chapter One" project, mixing Hinder’s new album "Welcome to the Freak Show" and writing with and contributing vocals for Halestorm.
Michael's solo song "Learn to Hate You" premiered on November 26, 2012 online.
Michael met up with Sixx and Ashba early in 2013 to start writing songs for a new Sixx:A.M. album, which turned out to be "Modern Vintage", released in 2014. The band followed up with "Prayers for the Damned" and "Prayers for the Blessed" in 2016, before going on hiatus in 2017.
|Mötley Crüe||New Tattoo|
|2003||Meat Loaf||Couldn't Have Said It Better|
|2005||Alanis Morissette||The Collection|
|Lillix||Inside The Hollow|
|2006||Meat Loaf||Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose|
|2007||The Exies||A Modern Way of Living with the Truth|
|Marion Raven||Set Me Free|
|Sixx:A.M.||The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack|
|Scorpions||Humanity: Hour I|
|2008||Sixx:A.M.||Live Is Beautiful|
|Mötley Crüe||Saints of Los Angeles|
|2010||Meat Loaf||Hang Cool Teddy Bear|
|2011||Sixx:A.M.||This Is Gonna Hurt|
|James Durbin||Memories of a Beautiful Disaster|
|2012||Papa Roach||The Connection|
|Kelly Clarkson||Greatest Hits: Chapter One|
|Halestorm||The Strange Case Of...|
|2016||Sixx:A.M.||Prayers for the Damned|
|2016||Sixx:A.M.||Prayers for the Blessed|
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- Michael, James. "About James Michael". www.jamesmichael.net. © 2012 James Michael, INC. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- Childers, Chad (February 11, 2018). "Sixx: A.M.'s James Michael + DJ Ashba Announce New Band Pyromantic". Retrieved 2018-02-12.