About Michael

Whether you label it “Americana,” “folk,” or “singer-songwriter”, Michael is happy being called a storyteller. A west coast native, he takes the “write what you know” idea to heart, telling tales of small-town American life and making humorous observations on the everyday: Bad drivers, cell phone abuse, the aches and pains of getting older.



“Wow, your video is awesome. Loved it. You obviously ARE a drive-in kind of guy.” - John Bloom (Joe Bob Briggs), journalist and drive-in movie critic

Michael turned to songwriting and performing after a background in journalism and a narrow brush with standup comedy. (He sold jokes to Jay Leno. A long time ago. Back when Jay Leno was funny.) Michael has released four CDs of original material, all of which have received international airplay. Offstage, he produces and hosts the “Songs and Stories” podcast, an interview series with other songwriters.



“Michael Gaither makes toe tappin’ music that makes you think….and smile!” – Wesley Robertson, KVMR 88.9 FM, Grass Valley CA

Michael is available as a solo performer for wineries and private events or with a band behind him for house concerts, larger venues, and festivals. A partial list of places Michael has performed includes: The Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton CA), The American River Music Festival (Lotus CA), The San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Don Quixote’s Music Hall (Felton CA), Old City Hall (Redding CA), and Michael Nesmith’s Videoranch.com.

“[Gaither] has a way of engaging the crowd and he is one of the most outstanding singer-songwriters in our area.” I love his ability to tell a story with a song.”
- Tom Miller, promoter

Go here for the whole bio. Or go here to contact Michael about booking.

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6 comments for “About Michael

  1. Jessica Kelly
    November 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    What a great new look for your site, Michael. Watching the featured videos now!

  2. Gilbert Ryan Adcock
    November 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    The new site looks great! Great color choices!

  3. Raquel
    November 17, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Your website is so welcoming and fun! So happy for your success!

  4. Jim Murphy
    January 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Love the website. I enjoyed the videos.

  5. Becky Gilmore
    January 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Nice work… Thanks for sharing! I love the press photo of you and the German Shepherd, the one with you smiling. :-)

    Let me know if you ever make it near Boise or if you need some contacts.

  6. Jody
    December 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Excellent work. The sound is awesome and as always your lyrics really hit home. I was supposed to be working while listening for the first time. I kept missing the lyrics, so I turned off my computer and started the cd over. I can’t wait to play Krampus for my grandkid. Thanks Mike (and Cyndy for the cool ornaments)

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