MICHAEL HARRIS, the son of two master-degreed musicians, was born into a musical world in the midwest U.S. town of Dayton, Ohio. After favoring sports as a child, he soon discovered music and started playing the trumpet at age 11 in the school band. Then at age 14, Michael picked up guitar and never looked back. He soon formed his first band, Tyrant, which played the Ohio club circuit for a number of years until the mid 80s, when he formed Arch Rival, which became a powerful hard rock act of world acclaim that has released 4 CD’s to date.
In 1991, Michael completed his first solo instrumental album, “Defense Mechanizms”, which was released with much critical acclaim. After a tour and live CD with the Chastain / Harris band, entitled “Live! Wild & Truly Diminished”, Michael relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1994. Shortly following his move, MH released his second instrumental disc, “Ego Decimation Profile”, and also around this same time formed a metal band, Surgeon, which gained yet more fans worldwide with its 1996 brutal debut, “Encyclopedia of the Insane”.
Michael, the multi-instrumentalist / composer has continued to maintain a very successful solo career. He released “Distorted Views” in 1999, followed by “Sketches From the Thought Chamber” in 2001, and his first solo vocal release, “Words Collide” in 2003. In November of 2006, Lion Music released yet another instrumental album from Michael, a neo-classical opus entitled “Orchestrate”, which received some of Michael’s highest accolades to date from fans and media.
In 2004, world renowned keyboard virtuoso Vitalij Kuprij recruited Michael to play on his “Forward and Beyond” disc. Alongside seven more of the world’s best known virtuosos, Michael performed on two songs on that album, and continued to play all the guitars on Vitalij’s next two records, “Revenge” and “Glacial Inferno”.
More recently, Michael’s progressive group, Thought Chamber, released its 2007 debut disc, “Angular Perceptions”, proceeded by the band’s concept album, “Psykerion” in 2013, both on the InsideOut Music label. All the music and lyrics on these 2 releases were composed by Michael. In 2009, Michael’s metal band, DARKOLOGY released their debut album, “Altered Reflections”, again yielding much praise from fans and critics. After touring Europe in late 2014, the band’s sophomore statement, “Fated to Burn”, was released in July of 2015. Both releases yield yet more music composed by Michael.
In the live arena, since the early ‘90s, Michael has been stunning audiences with his own band under the moniker, The Michael Harris Project, which performed with the likes of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Black Label Society, among others, and then morphed into The Michael Harris Tranz-Fusion in 2001, which has performed with Yngwie Malmsteen, among others, and which also features Michael’s brother Brian Harris, on drums.
Michael continues to compose, record, and release cutting edge music, while performing live with several of his bands. As Michael states, “I’m forever grateful to be able to express myself through the magic of music”.