From Michael Flayhart
Michael spent his first year as an established musician playing in venues across Alabama, primarily as a singer/songwriter playing coffeehouse music that he had written. In his freshman year at Belmont, Michael found himself losing interest in writing coffeehouse music. His inspirations had always been bands such as Green Day, Muse, Blink-182, and other rock, alternative, and punk bands, but he never ventured into those genres because he feared that his smooth, jazzy voice could not handle the power and grit often required to suit such musical styles. Despite advice to stick with the singer/songwriter genre, Michael chose to take a chance and began writing whatever came to his mind, no matter what genre it was. Michael’s debut album, Sound Manifesto, was released October 2nd, 2012. The album features 12 songs.