About Michael Patrick Phelan:
Recent Press About MPP:
“That’s A Great Song--Makes me wanna put on my maple leaf underwear…a phenomenal cabaret entertainer.” --Joey Reynolds - NYC Radio Talk Show Host
MPP was a featured guest / performer on Joey Reynolds (“The Seinfeld of Radio) Show (WOR710 - NYC) in Nov / 07. Guest Co-host was famed mentalist “The Amazing Kreskin” aka George Kresge Jr. Michael performed his song “Canada” on the show with a live interview following.
“I really love that—such a tribute to Canada. You have a long future ahead of you. He’s got a very gentle quality about him and I’ll tell you that there’s something romantic about listening to him. The way you dress and the way you look and the movement of your head when you’re singing is very enchanting. I’m serious.” -- The Amazing Kreskin
“He’s one of these guys who’s in his twenties, like Michael Buble and Tony DeSare, who are really fine, fine musicians and songwriters, and also cover lots of standards…a one-man cabaret wave in Binghamton. I think he’s really got wide appeal.” -- Christine Lavin (reknowned folk artists / co-host)
“Some really nice stuff…he deserves to be heard.” - -Bill Kates (producer / co-host)
MPP's songs were featured on the XM 15 (The Village) show "slipped discs" in Sept./07. "Canada" is currently in rotation on XM 15.
“Great music…a very talented young man...I think you have a blockbuster career ahead of you." -- Sam Goodyear, host of "Art A La Carte" a cultural roundup of Oneonta, NY-area events on which MPP was featured in Oct / 07
"Probably the best unsolicited submission we've gotten, and we get a lot. A great, full sound." -- Tracie Coleman, morning host for WSRK Mix 103.9 (Oneonta, NY)
"Spare but effective arrangements put his deft piano melodies out front, with other instruments (guitar, cello and drums) clearly in supporting roles. Phelan’s smooth-as-silk vocals invoke both Broadway’s best as well as classic crooners such as Mel Torme and Tony Bennett, while treading a new path of his own.
Instead of focusing on vapid party girls in skimpy hip-huggers, the stories are for adults — those who do their best to jugglejobs, marriages and kids.
It’s clear he’s risen above the “lounge singer” stereotype to offer some solid additions to the jazz-pop genre — and it’ll be intriguing to see where this journey takes him." -- Chris Kocher, Arts Critic for Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, NY. May 10/07 CD REVIEW: Michael Patrick Phelan, “In The Meantime”
click here to read the Press & Sun-Bulletin's review of the In the Meantime EP.
If you like clean, crisp sheets covered with a fuzzy blanket, you’ll love Michael Patrick Phelan. His music possesses both a refreshing honesty and soothing clarity. Mike’s velvety voice, straightforward melody lines and intelligent (yet not overly wordy) lyrics tell the stories of average people. His arrangements are equally as spare, a breath of fresh air in a market crowded with overproduced perfection. While his vocal style has drawn comparisons to jazz legends such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, his songs and the themes they explore share more common ground with folk-pop icons James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. He has found inspiration in recent years from fellow singer/songwriter/pianists Bruce Hornsby, Marc Cohn, and Sarah McLachlan, to name a few.
In his own words:
Comments Mike on his music: “While the day-to-day struggles of normal people (myself included) may not seem overly dramatic, I think they are very real, and important, and need to be written and sung about. More than anything, I want people to feel that someone is telling their story; that they are understood, and that they are not alone.” His songs, while written from a personal perspective, touch on universal themes: love, loneliness, growing up, family, and the many ups and downs of living day to day. Many listeners often comment that while they had never met Michael prior to seeing him perform, they felt as though he had written the songs specifically for them; that he transported them to a time and place vividly painted by his storytelling.
Born and raised in Brockville, Ontario, Canada on the shores of his beloved St. Lawrence River, he began playing the piano at 5 years old and studied classically for twenty years. An avid singer as well, his vocal training ranged from school choirs and theatrical productions to studies and performances with renowned opera singers. A graduate of the prestigious bachelor of fine arts acting program at the University of Windsor (Canada), in May 2005, Michael has been involved in many aspects of the performing arts. While in university, he found himself moving away musically from his classically-based training and embracing a more stripped-down style that borrowed from the worlds of pop and folk with tinges of jazz. Making the move to Binghamton, New York post-College (he’s a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.A.), he made the risky decision to put his acting career on hold and focus on what had been a side gig for many years: his music. It paid off. Michael has enchanted thousands now with his popular originals and his warm, soulful renditions of classic songs. he currently resides in owego, ny, an upstate village between binghamton and ithaca.
In December of 2006 Michael embarked on a new phase of his music career: writing, arranging, performing and producing an EP of original material with the help of seasoned record producer, Kenny Belanger, through his studio, Bear Swamp Records, near Binghamton, New York. In addition to Michael (vocals/keyboards) and Kenny (guitar/bass), local musicians Doug Laura (drums/percussion) and Sara Wolfe (cello), lent their talents to the recording. The echoes of Michael Patrick Phelan’s musical influences and inspirations can be heard in his writing, from Mozart to Gershwin to Randy Newman to Damien Rice.
The EP, titled "In The Meantime", was released in May of 2007. It is s now available online through CD Baby.com as well as at many local record stores and at all of Mike's gigs. It is also available for downolad on itunes.
Michael was selected to showcase at the 2007 Millennium Music Conference (www.MMC11.com) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The event features a diverse roster of artists from all over the world. In addition, Michael’s song, “In the Meantime Blues,” was featured on the MMC11 2007 compilation album. Most recently, Michael was selected to be a featured artist on “Narrative Music” (www.narrativemusic.ca), a website that features “songwriters that tell great stories” from around the world. They wrote of Michael: “You genuinely walk in Frank and Tony’s footsteps and we are honored to feature you.
Where to find him:
He currently performs regularly in Binghamton, New York and across the northeast. He hopes to be playing in a venue near you very soon!