B i o g r a p h y
A Guitarist and singer with over 50 years of experience in music. Michael has played with many famous bands and singers. He has also recorded on many different records. Michael's first gig was back in 1969 with his own backyard band. From there it just progressed to where he traveled to England chasing his "music dream."
Recording with the band "Levwood" releasing a single in 1972 called "The Fire". Working with recording engineer and bassist "Shad Lyons" (composer of the hit Denim and Lace) in his home studio in Bondi, New South Wales and playing guitar on many of the demos for up and coming singer songwriters. he was a session guitarist for Alberts Studios, recording on many hit singles in the 1970's ; Musical Director for Lester Coombs and also in the resident show band for over a year and a half at Panthers Leagues with the show "Are You Ready For The Country?" Musical Director for the Mo Award nominated Reg Norton. Performing live with him on the Mike Walsh Show, The Steve Raymond Show, The Reg Lindsay Country Homestead and then to London to perform at "Blazers" Nightclub in Windsor. Upon returning to Australia and joining up with ex "Flake" drummer Wayne Thomas, keyboard and guitarist David Hines and bassist Neil Smith forming the rock band "Gopher Broke" who during the mid 1980's performed every live music venue in the Sydney circuit. Splitting up in the late Eighties. Michael went on to work with Neil Smith, John Stafford, Brian Donnellan and Kaye Webb in the starting lineup of "Streetheart". A solo life followed after that and Michael worked in many freelance engagements. In 1990 Michael decided to persue a retail career. Never stopping playing in fact the home studio was his home away from home and writing his own music and performing gigs has always been his passion. In 2014 he joined the "Monash Concert Band" and sang and played with them at all their live engagements in 2014. With the highlight of the year performing at the Carols by candlelight at Jells Park.
"Music has always been part of my life." Inspired by the Beatles in his youth and learning to play from the age of nine. His earliest and fondest memories is with his mum. "My mum was always checking to make sure I would practice after school every day." Something he is truly and forever grateful. "I didn't get it at first and I stopped and nearly gave it away and it wasn't until six months later that I became ill and I was confined to bed. I was not allowed out of the house. I was bored so I picked up my guitar and my books and suddenly there was a light bulb moment. I understood what my teacher was trying tell me. The symbols over the music were chords. From that moment on I started to play and sing along to every Beatles song I could get my hands on."
It has lead Michael to play some amazing venues. Such as the Sydney Opera House in the early 80's to 2013 and the magnificent Carols by Candlelight for more than 20,000 people at Jells Park in Victoria.
Michael's latest projects:
Tillerman the Cat Stevens Songbook.
It features the songs of the early life of Cat Stevens. I am working with my partners to produce shows in 2018.
EVOLVE NEW FOUR PIECE BAND
As well as doing the Cat Stevens show Michael has just joined forces for a series of engagements with very talented singer and guitarist Breanne Peters. They have a extremely large collection of songs and are beginning to work in the Melbourne area.
Michael Prizeman Solo
Michael is available for bookings in the Melbourne Metropolitan area as a solo performer. If you have any sort of function. It may be a wedding, a birthday or any other special occasion. Michael can prepare any request for you. You may have a special music style. If you have a favourite bridal dance or a love song dedication Michael can bring it all to life on your special night. Michael travels complete with lights and a P.A. system plus hundreds of recorded songs and backing tracks to make sure your night is a hit. Email Michael via the contact page and he can give you a quote for your engagement.
"I am a huge supporter of the Beyond Blue organization. I have recorded and released a track called "Peace" on ITunes that every dollar earned goes directly to Beyond Blue Foundation. You can help me support Beyond Blue and download my track here" (click button)
Photo by Miranda Mayle