Michael began his musical studies at age 8 on flute and piano with Asst. Prof. Lynn Hertel of George Washington University. During this period he played a well-received invitational solo performance at the National Flute Convention. Michael’s scholastic music experiences included electric and upright bass performances in jazz and classical symphony orchestras.  His high school symphony orchestra won gold medals and superior awards each year. Michael also earned competitive bass positions in District Symphony Orchestras and for three years was the principal bassist in the Arlington Youth Symphony Orchestra. Michael was one of a limited number of applicants across the country invited to audition for the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Program. Outside of school, Michael played in well-known local indie rock bands playing all original music and had radio and television appearances. He was also chosen to play at a National Guitar Workshop clinic with Larry "Mr. ES-335" Carlton (Steely Dan, session guitarist). Michael was competitively accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, from which he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music comprised of Jazz Composition and Music Business. While at Berklee, Michael played with many great musicians. He played in local groups and with these groups or as a solo artist obtained residencies at various Boston area venues. Soon after graduation Michael had the pleasure and honor of touring with Jamaica's Aria Morgan as the band’s guitarist to promote her album, "Full Time Love." In his last months at Berklee, Michael co-founded the technical metal/djent band, Yantra, with Jeffery Bobbin. The duo released their debut self produced and engineered album, “Beauty and Balance,” in 2012. Yantra signed to Sony IODA and re-released B&B on Manta Ray Records in 2013.  Moving forward, Michael continues to actively perform as a session guitarist, and folk/blues/indie/country acoustic solo artist as “Michael Mattice”. Michael's debut album, "Comin' Home", was released on June 25, 2013 and stayed at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Sellers List for 2 1/2 months after the release. After the release, Michael successfully toured the U.S. and Canada “Comin’ Home” Tour, playing both venues and festivals. Upon Michael’s return from touring in January 2014 Michael has been quite busy. He began teaching guitar, bass and piano through his own business model. He enjoys sharing knowledge and working with players of every level to reach new heights in their playing while having fun. In June 2014, Michael began a successful kids guitar and music clinic called "Jam Buddies", teaching groups of young players the basics of guitar, music theory and rock/pop history. Jam Buddies is still continuing on and growing with every reincarnation. While simultaneously working teaching and working diligently on his own music, Michael scored the entire theater production “Cross The Line”, written and directed by Jenna Selby. The play debuted with 9 performances at the Washington D.C. Fringe Festival in July 2014. The play received several 5 star reviews from the Washington Post’s top theater critics. Cross The Line and Michael’s score have become one, and continue to have a life of their own. Beginning in January 2014, Michael began working with other artists to co-create via mixing/mastering, co-creating and producing. It all started with Michael teaming up with the hip-hop rapper Big Ness. Their first project was a single called, Brand New, which debuted on September 1, 2014 which featured Michael both with all of the instrumentation, production, mixing and mastering as well as singing the chorus. Brand New was released on iTunes and a slew of other online venders with a music video roll-out campaign complete with trailer and “Making Of” video. In May 2014 Michael engineered Josh Washington’s (aka Malachi) “Seven” EP and was featured on several YouTube covers with the singer/rapper. In June 2014, Mattice’s palette expanded and began playing guitar for and producing/engineering Austin pop/country singer, Courtney Shields. So far, Michael has produced both of Shield’s latest singles “Do You Miss Me Now” and “Red Lights” as well as played with Courtney as a duo across the U.S. Michael’s journey has been and continues to be one of broad experience, expertise and growth. He strives to become better each day, in every way. His ultimate goal is “to help millions of people and inspire the world”.


Michael’s journey has been and continues to be one of broad experience, expertise and growth.