Michael Burgess is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitartist from Warsaw, Virginia. With his influences from the likes of The Beatles, Billy Joel, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and Chicago to name a few Michael’s sound comes from various genres in music spanning from 60s Blues and 70s Rock n Roll to 80s R&B with very catchy melodies.
Michael got his start in a local bar named Ferebee’s which hosted many of Virginia and Upper & Lower Maryland bands, even The Old Crow Medicine show performed there. He would come in and play breaks with his mentor, Country artist Faron Hamblin.
At age 3 Michael learned to play the piano by ear listening to the radio. This would inspire his parents to buy him his first instrument the Alto Saxophone at age 11. He then would go on to learn many other instruments, some of which were the French Horn and the Mellaphone playing in his high school marching band, and pep band. Michael would buy his first acoustic guitar at age 12 for $30 even delegating with the second-hand shops’ owner from $40 previous price and that Christmas he would receive his first electric.
At Age 13 Michael would start singing out doing karaoke and surprising people with his strong vocal abilities. By the age of 16, Michael played his first gig at his High School’s event, Treehouse, in honor of the Earth Day holiday with his first band The Great Escape with fellow high school mate on the bill, Shane Cooley(Touring Musician). During all 4 years of High School and two years in middle school Michael auditioned for Area and District Band entering all 6 years with one year making 2nd chair with the French Horn in The Northern Neck’s District Symphonic Band. With all of the successful auditions and awards in 2007 Michael received the high honor National Award, The John Philip Sousa Band Award in 2007.
After graduating from Rappahannock High School, Michael would start his own company “Big Mike’s Entertainment” in the Fall of 2007. Michael spent a few years working the DJ/Karaoke business learning the ins and outs of the crowd. By 2009 Michael would launch his own band entitled, The Michael Burgess Experience which would later be changed to The House of Burgess in 2011. During this bands years Michael would get to open up for many big named artist such as, Half-Brother Sid(Country Artist Tony Jackson), Slam Allen, Apollonia(Prince Protégé), Sean Paul, ZZ Pop (ZZ Top cover band).
In 2013 Michael would become part of a Richmond Based blues band Andrew Alli & Last Night's Blues Band and Record an Album "Last Night" with Award Winning Producer Wayne Pooley who is well known for various Bruce Hornsby albums. The album consists of very many traditional blues songs by Buddy Guy, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf as well as their original tunes with great local success on the album. The band performed at The River City Blues Society's 9th Annual Blues Competition, smoking the competition by several points placing them in first place and becoming the first band to score over 30+ points over 2nd place at the judges table. The band traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to compete at The Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge placing as Semi-finalists playing 3 out of 5 day's of the competition. During this time Michael would perform at the Richmond Folk Festival on the bill with many artist including Rosanne Cash (Daughter of Johnny Cash) and bluegrass legend, Ralph Stanley. Shortly after the band departed Michael would join up with Shelly Bonet, an International touring artist well known in Europe, and work beside her for a few months until he was asked to join yet another blues band, The Bush League, in 2014. It was here when Michael’s career would start to really bloom.
In 2015 they competed in the Piedmont Preservation Blues Society in Greensboro, NC for yet another International Blues Challenge. They came through at the No. 1 spot out of a two-round competition and another quarterfinal spot in Memphis, Tennessee in 2015. Michael, now a two-time IBC participant, with The Bush League recorded their next album, "Didn't See This Coming" shortly after and a Single entitled, "Moonshine". Both would acclaim great reviews from critics and radio stations with the Album being selected and considered for a Grammy in 2016 despite being beat out by Buddy Guy. They would compete again in 2016 for the IBC's this time in Charlottesville, VA advancing and taking home a Semi-Finalist placement in the 2017 International Blues Challenge. During this time Michael would open up for many well known acts such as Samantha Fish, Robert Randolph, Jerks Singleton, Selwyn Birchwood, Devon Allman, Shamika Copeland, Luther Dickenson(Former guitarist of The Black Crowes), Duwayne Burnside, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory, Robert Kimbrough, Little Joe Ayers, Kenny Brown Band, North Mississippi All Stars on major stages and festivals. This wouldn’t be the end of the list as Michael would join The Shaun Peace Band in 2017 along side J.J. Plasencio (Former original bassist for Six Pence None The Richer, Plumb, and Jars Of Clay) again would be touring around the US and sharing the stage with September Mourning, Cage The Elephant, Shinedown, Lakeside, Klymaxx, Marcus Johnson, Chico DeBarge, Parliament MrazFunkedelic, Third Eye Blind.
Starting in 2019 Michael joined in on performing with The Rolling Stone Magazine Rock Room touring all over Europe and The Caribbean on Holland America Line cruise ships. In 2021 Michael released his first solo, single entitled, "Sweeter" and is currently working on more songs to be released, including his next release, "Ride For Miles" out on May 7, 2021.