KJAZZ Radio UK is pleased to welcome singer/songwriter Mike McGill. Mike was born and raised on the East Coast in Connecticut, but settled in sunny San Diego in 1998. He began writing music in the mid 90’s, but didn’t start performing until August, 2005. His style has been described in many ways, but if you ask him, he will tell you “I really have no idea. I’ve been influenced by so many different singer/songwriters and bands going back as far as the 60s. I can’t put my finger on it. You tell me!” Let’s just say a little surf / meets folk / meets rock / meets pop. Mike’s first CD ‘Keep On’ was self-released at the end of 2006. After a few years of performing and promoting his first project throughout San Diego, he also wrote and recorded 12 new songs. His second CD ‘Enjoy the Journey’ was self-released in 2009. As he continues to perform locally and throughout California, he also continues to write. Mike plans on recording and releasing singles throughout 2012 via YouTube and/or digital media.
What the Press and others have said about Mike
“We are spoiled with many winery/vineyard properties in Temecula, but the cooler temperatures, ocean breezes, and sense of adventure beckon us to wander on down. I had the recent honor of attending a media event at Orfila, and while I love to write on and on about chefs and food, winemakers and wine, sometimes the images from an evening are more compelling than any words I could conjure up. The video features the song “Southern California” by Mike McGill who entertains Orfila Winery guests on a regular basis. His acoustic surf folk pop rock style is a perfect match for this laid back venue.” – Corie Maue, Taste of Temecula – A taste of Fun at Orfila Vineyards & Winery (Feb 16, 2011)
“McGill’s songs are easygoing and optimistic. His sentiments as well as his music are straightforward. These mostly uptempo tunes are delivered with a very back-to-basics approach to songwriting and arranging, driven primarily by the acoustic guitar and McGill’s vocals. ” – Mike Alvarez, The San Diego Troubadour (Nov 02, 2009)
“Headliner, Mike McGill and his band (bass player Jared Gianquinto and drummer Jim Woodruff) thrilled the audience with foot-tapping songs that delighted the entire family, young and old. The kids were instantly drawn to the stage to listen and dance to the mesmerizing songs.” – The Emilio Nares Foundation and Amini family, The Keep On Charity Concert for The Emilio Nares Foundation (May 29, 2009)
“Mike has an extraordinary sound with smooth vocal and guitar tracks inspired by artist like: Jack Johnson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Jim Croce, and others.” – Christopher Kalt – Host, Cut N’ Dry Talent Radio (Nov 10, 2008)
“Make yourself a tropical bevy with those little paper umbrellas, sliced pineapple, a curly straw, and ice cubes. Then cheer up, have a nice day, and pop in this Mike McGill CD.” – Chuck Schiele, The San Diego Troubadour (Feb 01, 2007)
“Mike makes it look and sound so easy. His voice, his style and his attitude puts laid back smiles on faces. Never stop playing.” – Lee Coulter, Singer/Songwriter/Producer, mikemcgillmusic.com