Michael is an Australian singer/songwriter. His music has been described as a fusion of folk, Americana and rock with hints of artists such as The Beatles, Wilco, Eagles and Ron Sexsmith. From intimate solo shows to full band performances, his songs are deceptively simple about complex things: love, family, home, and trust.
Michael's new single Please Don't Cry ( ft. Neil Finn) set for release mid February 2020 was recorded in NZ at Roundhead Studios a few years prior as part of an experience offered by Medicine Mondiale. Michael knew that opportunity had to be his and grabbed onto it with everything he had. He won and got to spend two days recording with Neil Finn. Neil chose two songs from a batch of demos and the final versions of these songs, especially Please Don't Cry have a warm and personal feel that Michael is so excited to share.
“When Neil sang harmonies on my song, I was ready to die right there in that NZ studio chair”
Neil worked with Michael on two songs Please Don't Cry and Hinges both of which also feature Neils vocals on the track. They were never released as Michael went to the US soon after to record his debut EP. Upon returning from that experience and release, Michael finished the Roundhead songs back in Australia working with old pals Gideon & Daniel Frankle who helped shape the track with extra instrumentation, lap steel by Ed Bates, Mixed by Tony Buchen (Courtney Barnett, Tim Finn) and Mastered by Steve Smart ( Vance Joy, Midnight Oil).
In the past couple of years Michael had been co-writing with Grammy-award winning artist Frank Myers ( All 4 One, Lonestar, Alabama). This songwriting resulted in an EP recorded at Ocean Way studios in Nashville. Produced by Frank Myers and Jimmy Nichols ( Faith hill, Reba McIntyre) the songs were recorded and mixed by Steve Marcantonio (John Lennon, J. Geils, George Strait, Alabama and recently Thomas Rhett, Taylor Swift and Steven Tyler)
The songs became Michael’s new EP ‘Turn This Love Around’.
Please Don't Cry re-recorded for the US market with a distinct Nashville tone was the first single released and In September 2018, Burrows released his second single "Turn This Love Around." The song debuted at No. 39 on Australia's iTunes Store, No. 2 on the iTunes Rock Chart, and No. 14 on Australian Independent Record Labels Association's singles chart.
The singles received light to mild rotations across commercial, independent and community stations. From ABC with Myf Wurhurst to Triple M, Triple M Country and album of the week for ABC Widebay. All 3 single releases have been picked up by Coles Radio ( Australia's largest digital station)
In January 2019, "Turn This Love Around" made its US premiere on Atwood Magazine and landed on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for 5 weeks, reaching its peak at No. 24. The single's success carried over to his following single "Brightest Star," which peaked on the same chart at No. 25. Both singles became part of Burrows' debut EP Turn This Love Around, which was released in June.
Both Billboard tracks have also received significant radio play within the US in 2019 appearing on shows like 'The Jim Brickman show ( syndicated to 200's of stations), NPR's WLRN ( Folk & Acoustic Music Show) , Voice Of America (measured weekly audience of more than 275.2 million people around the world), Acoustic Cafe ( RDR Radio, LLC) and hundreds of other commercial stations across the AC and AAA radio format.
Just recently Michael's songs made the official ballot for the Grammys 2019 for two songs ' Turn This Love Around ' ( Best pop solo performance & best pop vocal album) and ' Brightest Star' ( Best American Roots performance & Best American Roots song)
Michael is currently writing his sophomore offering, hoping for recording and release early 2020.