Every once in a while there comes a talent that cannot be ignored. He grew up listening to the legends: Stevie, Luther, Michael, and Donny to name a few. Today he's ready to hold his own with his contemporaries: Musiq, Dwele, and Anthony Hamilton. His interpretation of songs is impressive. His vocal range is astounding. His energy on stage is contagious. His name is Mike Hammond. At the age of three in the Hollis area of Jamaica Queens, this local celebrity started singing in the Blanche Memorial Baptist Church's Tiny Tot Choir under the direction of his aunt. When family members found out there was a singer in the family, influences came from every where. From Gospel with an auntie and soul music from uncles, to Doo-Wop music from Dad and his Mom playing a wide variety tunes daily, Mike came to appreciate all facets of music. Growing up he'd perform all along the east coast in church programs, talent contests, shows, pageants and festivals. Then at the age of 11, Mike was invited to perform on Hollis Stones' debut album 'Welcome to My World' where he sang lead on a number of tracks. Then a year later he was asked to take part in Hollis's sophomore project 'White Soul.' Though both projects didn't go much farther than the New York City area, Mike enjoyed the experience and knew he wanted to record a project of his own someday. Through the years, Mike has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively and has had the opportunity to share the stage with Gladys Knight, Billy Joel, Patti Labelle, and Kelly Price. His travels have taken him to the Caribbean and even to Africa to perform for the Royal family of Morocco. He has opened shows for Jennifer Holiday and Cathy Sledge of Sister Sledge. He has also recorded with 50 Cent, Incognito, and DJ Roger S just to name a few. His self-titled solo album is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication to his craft. Being a prolific writer and daring vocal arranger, Mike has worked with the hottest new producers and seasoned musicians to create a project that stands apart from the rest. Mike Hammond is ready. Are you?
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