is an American composer based in London. He grew up in a musical family
studying piano and viola, and is a self-taught guitarist and bass player.
In his teens, Michael attended the Centre for Young Musicians in Pimlico,
and played in the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. After a spell at
Leeds College of Music, Michael headed back to London and established
himself as a sought after session musician and arranger working with
artists including Scritti Politti, Orange Juice and Ian Dury.
Michael went on to produce and write with top UK pop acts, including
Soul II Soul, Curiosity Killed the Cat and the James Taylor Quartet.
Later, he toured with Steve Winwood and Sting, and played on tracks for
artists as varied as Mark Morrison and Future Sound of London.
Michael's first experiences of composing for screen were Beeban Kidron's
film, 'Vroom', starring Clive Owen and David Thewlis, followed by 'The
Bearskin - An Urban Fairytale', starring Tom Waits. His music has
featured in a number of high profile UK documentaries including 'J'accuse'
(C4), 'Equinox: Fly Navy' (C4) and 'Battle of the Hood and Bismarck'
(C4/ITN) and 'Dog's World' (Discovery/Wall to Wall).
Returning to the USA in 1998, Michael went on to compose music for
documentaries on A&E (Biography), History Channel (Haunted History),
PBS and CMT. During this time he received three regional Emmy
nominations and was awarded the Emmy in January 2004 for Best
Instrumental Music for his work on a documentary narrated by Isaac Hayes,
His experience also includes writing production music for libraries and
live events, and in 2003 produced vocals for the American Idol Video
While in the USA, he studied composition with Professor Michael Alec
Rose, and conducting with Lyn Bingham at Blair School of Music
He returned to London to take a place on the Composition for Screen
course at the Royal College of Music and in October 2004 received his
Masters Degree. Since then he has scored the documentary 'French Beauty'
for the 'Storyville' series (BBC2) and 'E=mc2' (US title, 'Einstein's
Big Idea') a feature length docu-drama for Darlow/Smithson Productions
Michael now teaches part-time at the Royal College of Music and
continues his professional work as a composer.
'The Last Traffic Jam'
released on DVD and enhanced CD, performing in concert with Steve
Winwood and Jim Capaldi during the 1994 reunion tour.
Co-writer with Wookie and
Lain Gray on on Wookie's debut album. 'Back Up, Back Up' reached # 2 in
the UK dance charts in May 2001.
Soul II Soul
Writing and producing for
new Soul II Soul album and for artists signed to the Soul II Soul label.
Co-wrote 'Love Come Through' on album '1990 - A new Decade'.
Keyboards and guitar on
album "Return of the Mack" including title track.
Co-writer of track
'Caravan' on album 'Anything But Ordinary'
Programming and keyboards
on album "Junction 7"
Keyboards and guitar on
title track of album "Still Waters"
Co-writer of title track
and 'I like It' for debut album 'Push It'
James Taylor Quartet
Co-writer & producer
on album 'Supernatural Feeling'
Co writer of "We
Will Know Love" on album Corner of Eden, winner of the Dove Award
(1999) for Inspirational Album of the Year.
album, including club hit
'Try My Love'. Also released on Rebirth of the Cool compilation album.
Michael J McEvoy
Own instrumental jazz
album released August 1997 - 'Night Sea Journey'.
Tracks released on
several Smooth Jazz compilations :
New Voices 3 and 4, and Sweet Emotions
Future Sound of London
arrangements for forthcoming album
Co-writer, arranger and
musician on album 'Four Thousand Week's Holiday'
Songs To Remember.
Keyboards and vocoder
A further project is "The
Bobby Blackston Band" comprises some of Londons finest musicians
including drummers Chris Taylor (Roachford), Crispin Taylor (Galliano,
Push), and Walfredo Reyes jr. (Santana, Joe Sample) plus horn players
Iain Dixon (Mike Walker), Jacko Peake (Push, Paul Weller), Gerard
Presencer (US3, Herbie Hancock), Chris Margery (Incognito). They got
together in 1997 to record these compositions, but soon after the mixing
sessions ended, the tapes went missing while in transit to the USA, and
were undiscovered for almost 10 years. They mysteriously appeared in a
New York City basement last year and are now available on the CD 'Elevations'
(Rezzonator Music). Buy the album at http://www.bobbyblackstonband.com
Also available at http://www.tunetribe.com/TheBobbyBlackstonBand.