Born in Newcastle, England, Michael Shotton loved music from the moment he discovered The Beatles. Subsequently performing, by the ripe old age of three, Michael accumulated years of experience playing drums (southpaw!) and singing in countless original, top-40 and specialty tribute acts. In 1988, Michael signed to Herb Alpert’s label, A&M, with the pop-based group “Diamond Life”, who’s hit “Habits of the Heart” still, gets play on Canadian AOR radio. This launched one of the most diverse, storied kinds of careers that could possibly be imagined.
He plays: he sings: he entertains. But he also writes: he engineers: he produces. Consult his friends and family, as character witnesses: they will say, "It doesn't do Mike justice, to simply say he's versatile, or eclectic. He's possessed by an inexhaustible, energetic spirit."
Mike Shotton is a human dynamo. Offered as evidence:
In '91, after appearing on Boston’s platinum fifth album, “Walk On” (MCA) , he signed to EMI records worldwide with his own original hard rock band, “Von Groove”. To date, Von Groove has completed their ninth album under the Z Records/Marquee labels. In '98, Michael also became part of the rock group “The Outpatience”, releasing their debut album, “Anxious Disease” (Teichiku/Virgin). This album features all of the members of Guns n’ Roses (including a duet with Axl Rose), Steve Stevens of Billy Idol fame and Louis Conte (of Phil Collins, and many other A list sessions). Recently, Michael has been playing drums with the well-known Canadian band “The Spoons”, as well as performing as a solo vocalist on many symphony dates all across North America - all of this, while providing the voice behind many radio & television commercials, such as Coke, Labatt’s, Coors, Crunchie, Fosters, the Bay and many more.
In 2001 he independently wrote, produced and released a 911 fundraiser song entitled “The Heart of America”, which is currently part of a compilation album with the likes of Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. The indefatigable and prolific Burlington Ontario-based Renaissance man has also teamed up with Gordon Deppe (The Spoons) and Tom Lewis (Partland Brothers, Alan Frew) to form the pop-rock band “5 STAR FALL”. The debut record “Automatic Ordinary” is available through www.myspace.com as well as www.thespoons.com . Currently, Michael has teamed up with Canadian Hall of Fame icon Rik Emmett; playing, co-producing, and co-writing the melodic hard rock of “AIRTIME”. The debut album (Liberty Manifesto) is available internationally under the Marquee/ Escape labels, at Maplemusic.com and www.rikemmett.com . In the summer of '07, Michael had the honor of writing and co-producing “I Believe”, the new theme for the annual Canadian Special Olympics, a song that captures the spirit of the games and its competitors. Somehow, after all of this, the guy still found time to develop his own TV show for pre-schoolers, called “Mike's Garage”, featuring a kaleidoscope of songs, characters and adapted for television with support from Bob McGrath of “Sesame Street” himself!
His almost impossibly wide vocal range: the spectrum of his abilities: the charisma of his stage presence and his astonishing appetite and lust for life: these qualities shine through in the multitude of things he does.