Michael Lyon

May 24, 2021


“Like many things in life, success at songwriting is a process of becoming ever more in rhythm with yourself.” - Michael Lyon


Like marveling at the outgrowths of seeds falling from a flower, Michael Lyon, as an educator, has devoted a career to the human equivalent: implanting a thirst for knowledge in his students so they may blossom. As the best teachers are passionate students of their subjects, Michael's life is becoming the story of the teacher grounding himself as a student of his greatest love - music.

Michael Lyon embraces his work as a teacher. However, he is also emerging onto the world stage as a compelling singer-songwriter. His talents are flowering because of a musical seed planted in him long ago.


Michael Lyon's music is a mesmerizing amalgam of musings immersed in meaning. Michael's unique style of California pop, with its uncomplicated organic feel, stems from a combination of his instrumental talents, upbeat vocals, and the messages that sprout from his seasoned lyrical craft. His creative goal is to spread musical sunshine as bright as the California coast where he resides. For Michael, the sunlight makes even songs grow, and it seems the shining source of his style and songs.


Michael Lyon's love of music dates from early childhood in Arlington, Virginia, as his parents awakened him for school with songs from The Great American Songbook. Michael was captivated by scores of hummable melodies from Broadway show tunes, like “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” from Rodgers & Hammerstein's, Oklahoma, Irving Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "On the Street Where You Live," from Lerner and Loewe's, My Fair Lady. Playing sports like baseball and tennis may have won out as competing interests at the time. But as the years passed, the musical seed planted with the help of his parents began to take root.


During his college years at Stanford University, Michael was influenced by the music of an array of pop artists, from Cat Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Beatles. Inspired by their melodies and harmonies, he picked up the guitar, strumming along to their songs and sparking his imagination. Legends like these helped him realize his innate gift of singing, playing instruments and songwriting.

Michael explains, "When you find the right educational environment for yourself, it's often amazing what you can accomplish." Michael did just this in returning to school in his late twenties. He pursued full-time musical studies at Cabrillo College and San Francisco City College and took up the violin, enabling him to play in community orchestras. By returning to school, Michael expanded his knowledge of music theory and choral singing, developed the craft of songwriting and laid a solid foundation in guitar, piano, violin and voice.


When listening to Michael’s songs such as, "Clear Blue Sky," "Try," and "Grows a Tree," it's clear that his aim is communicating something uplifting and straight from the heart. As Michael puts it, "We are alive for only a short while. If you are going to spend time with my music, I would rather take in the big picture together and lift you up than to lower your sights."

It was images of special people in his life that inspired Pictures, Michael's first full-length album from 2015. Waking Up, released at the end of 2017, raised his songwriting to the next level. Going from strength to strength has proved to be very much the case with 2020's recently-released Curiosity album. The songs written in recent months promise a forthcoming (fourth) album well-worth waiting for.

As Michael Lyon's development leads to ever more impactful songwriting, his music is the inspiring work of a teacher who has made himself the student. He branched out to help others discover their potential, and now his songs celebrate the joy of music-making in a unique way. So if you think, there’s nothing new under the California sun, think again!

Official Website: https://www.MichaelLyonMusic.com 

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Michael's song Try It On is being featured on Indieartst Radio.