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A Brief Musical Bio

Michael Leake (Mike to his friends) began playing the guitar at age 11 and picked up piano at 17. The Beatles were a huge and lasting early influence, setting the bar high for quality and versatility in an aspiring musician. By his late teens, he found himself a lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and pianist in a rock band, co-founded with a friend, and wrote a great deal of music for that genre. After band members went their separate creative ways a few years later, he began performing as a solo musician and vocalist. Desiring to expand his piano technique, he began to explore classical piano. As a result of coursework in music history at the University of New Mexico, his already keen interest in classical music grew. To this day, Romantic Era composers Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Chopin remain favorites, especially Pyotr Tchaikovsky--a Russian master of heartfelt melody and skillful orchestration. About the same period of time he was tabbed to write the music for a traditional stage musical, as a coworker knew someone who had written the “book” for a musical as part of a graduate school project, including some possible lyrics for a handful of songs, but the writer lacked a composer--an essential element for any musical. Research for this project quickly brought an appreciation for much of the Broadway music from decades past and a genuine admiration was born for Jerome Kern, Vincent Youmans, Richard Rodgers, Jerry Herman, and many others. After a couple of months, a full musical stage production was born.   Through it all, his main passion has been composing. He writes music in a variety of styles, from lush orchestral grandeur to simple atmospheric and background pieces. He has a very large library of high quality orchestral and other sound samples at his disposal to produce a wide range of music in a variety of styles.  
Michael Leake
Composer