Michael Carey is an award-winning producer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist who writes, produces, mixes, and plays on albums by platinum and cutting edge acts including Escape The Fate, Gavin James, Idina Menzel, Mary Lambert, Pablo Alboran (6x platinum). His recent work producing and co-writing Santana singer Andy Vargas’s debut single “The Beat” garnered a 2016 Hollywood Music In Media Award and his co-write of Escape The Fate’s hit single “Alive” helped propel the band’s album “Hate Me” to #2 on the Billboard hard rock charts. He’s also composed hundreds of commercials, TV themes and scores for clients including Disney, CBS, TBS, Coca Cola, Outback Steakhouse, Ford, Toyota, and NASCAR.
Underlying his diverse body of work is a focus on fundamentals; emotional impact, structure, storytelling, and execution that remain constant whether writing songs, producing albums or scoring for picture.
Michael’s own background as a gun-for-hire guitarist, session player and singer/songwriter/frontman through his teens and twenties (including training with esteemed vocal coach Ron Anderson) allows him to create a comfortable working environment that encourages singers and musicians be inspired and empowered, free to take risks and dig deep.
His personal studio incorporates acoustically designed control and live rooms,15-foot vaulted ceilings with skylights, beautiful analog and vintage/boutique gear (instruments, amps, mics, mic pre’s and compressors) and an expanded Pro Tools HD system with best-of-breed plug-ins by Slate Digital, PSP, Soundtoys, Fabfilter, and many others, allowing for great sonic versatility and character with sounds ranging from warm and organic to modern, hard-hitting and impactful.
While much of his work - writing, composing, mixing - is by necessity, solitary, his greatest joy is in collaborating with artists, musicians and directors. “There’s a unique inspiration that occurs when different creative individuals work together. You get the sum total of different entire lifetimes of experience and influences distilled into this new work that’s taking shape in the moment. That’s when surprises happen… things you might never come upon working alone. Creating something collaboratively that did not exist before, and would never have existed if not for people coming together to make it a reality. That for me is magic.”
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Date Artist/Client Song/Album Role
2019 Connor Duermit Everything Mix + Mastering
2019 Dave Terry Girl In The Magazine Mix + Mastering
2019 Dave Terry El Cerrito Mix + Mastering
2018 Gwen Stefani You Make Me Feel Like Christmas (2018 Deluxe Edition) - Pro Tools Editing
2016 The Agonist The Ocean Songwriter
2015 Michael Bublé (New album in progress) Engineer/Pro Tools Release date: Q2 - 2016
2015 Alyse Black Love & Laughter (Album) Guitars/Engineer Release date: Q1 - 2016
2004 Desmond Child Do You Still Feel the Fire Producer/Arranger/Mixer/Guitars/Programming/Piano/Engineer
2000 2000 Grammys Apocalyptic (Opening Music for 2000 Grammys) Composer/Arranger/Producer
2000 Wilson Phillips Don’t Go Wasting My Time (Single) ProducerArranger/Mixer/Guitars/Programming
1998 Nikki Hassman Nikki Hassman (Album) Rhythm Arrangements/Loops/Drum Programming/Pro Tool
Composer – Commercials, Film & TV
Composer / Producer / Mixer
Awards include Cannes Silver Lion, Addys & Mobius
Hundreds of high profile TV spots for clients including:
ABC 7 News
Carrabbas Italian Grill
Buena Vista Home Video
DIne Out For America
New York City Aids Awareness Campaign
I Want To Say – Main Title Them & Underscore
(WINNER: 2012 Healdsburg International Film Festival - Best Documentary)
Monday Came – End Title Track from the motion picture Lbs.
(2011 IFC Spirit Awards Finalist, 2011 Prism Nomination, Sundance Official Selection)
Why Do I – Soundtrack song ft. The Dares from the feature film Junkyard Dog
Enter The Fist – (Git Some& Show Me) - Soundtrack songs from the feature film
Squeeze – Theatrical Trailer – Miramax Films
Action Trailer – Buena Vista Features
The Lion King – TV trailers – Disney/BVHV
Aladdin – TV trailers – Disney/BVHV
Mighty Aphrodite – TV trailers – Disney/BVHV
Dinner And A Movie – TBS – Main Title Theme, Underscore, Bumpers & Stingers
War Games – TBS – 2-hour Pilot Special – Main Title Theme & Underscore
Generation O! – WB Network – Animated series, 13 episodes – Underscore
CBS Television – Fall On-Air Promos – Themes & Underscore
ABC 7 News – On-Air Promo – Theme & Underscore
“If there has been one constant variable in all my creative successes over the years, it has been Michael Carey. He has made me look so good so many times, people have begun to mistake me for George Clooney. I owe Michael for making my years at Bozell award-winning... creating brilliant and original solutions for every account in the shop (yes! the ONLY music supplier we used for EVERY account in the agency was Michael!) Not only did he provide musical solutions, he provided marketing insights...He came up with amazing tracks and ideas for Exxon, Coke, and when we pitched and won the Taco Bell kid's business... not only did he write, score, arrange, and produce six different themes for six totally different campaigns, he also provided VOs, SFX and more... Michael and I produced over 70 radio and TV spots for Outback Steakhouse during a 15 year relationship working directly for the client, and over 40 spots for Carrabba's Italian Grill. When I moved into TV, and got my first show on the Kid's WB, who did I go out to get to score our award-winning series... there was never any question... And years later, when I was approached to pitch the Papa Johns pizza, it was Michael who was not just my musical better half, but my creative partner in developing the work that won the account. But even more, Michael is one of the nicest people I know in the world. He is kind, thoughtful, insightful, and is is truly a pleasure to call him my friend. I also like his politics... Michael is the best music person there is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
CEO/Chief Hostage Negotiator – The Resistance
EVP/Creative Director – Bozell-LA
EVP/Managing Partner/Creative Director – DMB&B/NY
SVP/Co-Group Creative Director – J. Walter Thompson/NY
“During our production process on Louna's CD "Behind a Mask" Michael was a great resource and sounding board. He made several good suggestions, many of which were used, and I appreciated his positive yet constructive attitude. Later, when the album was finished, he suggested a remix of one of their songs. I agreed. What we received was a great collaborative final result for our digital release. He takes direction but still never compromises his integrity as an artist. I enjoy working with Michael and plan to in the future.”
Red Decade Records, LLC
“Michael is a music professional in every sense of the word. His creative composing skills always provide excellent tracks. Combine that with his vast knowledge of music and instruments, his ability to assemble and direct creative teams, and his comfort with lyrics and vocals and you've got Resonation! I would highly recommend contacting Michael for any upcoming music needs.”
Vice President, NY Chapter AICE
Northern Lights Post - NY / Bodega Films
“Michael Carey is not only one of the nicest people I've ever met, but his formidable and far-ranging talents are indispensable for anyone looking for a music creator. He has blown me away as a composer, producer, player, engineer, and singer.... Whether you need someone to provide music for a project or someone to collaborate with, you will not be disappointed if you are fortunate enough to work with Michael Carey!”
Charles Judge Music
Arranger/Producer/Session Keys: credits include Colbie Callait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, etc.
“Michael is an extremely talented composer. He understands nuances, irony and even the subtlety of humor. And to make things even better, he is a pleasure to work with. I have no hesitations recommending Michael. I look forward to the next time we can do something together.”
Commercial Director – BOGADA, Bully Pictures
Member - Director at Directors Guild of America
“Michael Carey has provided great musical solutions and collaborated on a number of projects with us for Outback Steakhouse. Always ready with plenty of options, Michael is versatile, fast, and always looking to take on a challenge ("We're looking for a signature digeridoo line...") He handled an incredibly complicated online project for Outback with great skill and incredible patience – and as always, it sounded fabulous. Always a pleasure.”
The Kaplan Thaler Group
“Michael is an incredibly talented artist. He brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh insights to his projects. His dedication gave us flexibility in our work flow, resulting in terrific spots and satisfied clients.”
Northern Lights Post - NY
“Michael is one of those rare creative talents who is not only a highly astute composer/songwriter, producer, and mixer, but also a gifted performer and musician in his own right. In full possession of superb artistic instincts, intelligence, and a wealth of knowledge of the craft of writing, recording and producing music, Michael consistently delivers work which is outstanding, compelling, and singular.
Perhaps the best way to encapsulate Michael's talent is to say that every time I work with him, I learn something new. Whether it's Michael hiring me, or the other way around, collaborating with him is always a treat, and I'm always a better musician for it when the project is finished.
Michael's big-picture conceptual abilities, his attention to detail, his commitment to staying ahead of the curve, and his unshakable professionalism become evident from the get-go, and any performer, advertising agency, or producer of new media, television, or film would be well served to avail themselves of Michael’s talents – he’s a powerhouse!”