Andy Michaels: Revisited by Eileen Shapiro
Australian singer/songwriter sings like an angel. He’s a lyrical anomaly, and a phenomenal poet. He has just released a new full length album called “Revisited”, an eclectic collection of inspiration. He defies genre bounties and has a fan for each song….
I shared questions with Andy regarding his music, his sensitivity and his compassionate way of creating music. The album is compelling and captivating and nearly addicting. ….
You are very poetic, do you write your songs from “life” experiences?
I guess most Artists are modern day Sponge Bobs (Haha, yes I have a 4yo
daughter ! ) in that they absorb and reflect what is going on in their
personal lives and what is going on around them.
I am very sensitive and intuitive to that and am also very spiritual,
although probably not in a strict religious sense.
I get inspiration from words that seem simple but convey enormous power,
and I try to convey that compassion and hope in my songs. Everyone remembers
these sayings :
“Some men see the world as it is and say ‘Why?’ I see the world as it could
be and say, ‘Why not?”
‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”
These words were said over 40 years ago and are still timeless, but do they
have any less power and relevance today ? I think not!
Who were your musical influences growing up?
My mother was my inspiration and I remember her playing Cat Stevens to me when I was like, 5
years old and I was thinking wow, that’s awesome !
At high school everyone was listening to Queen, Deep Purple or AC/DC and
when it was my turn, I put on Neil Young or Leonard Cohen, or someone else
with cool lyrics, and my friends would say “What the **** was that !”. So
many Artists have deservedly become famous for their lyrics and others for
their melodies, it’s the ones that have the exceptional gift for both, like
the Beatles, that become immortal legends.
Do you plan on touring in support of your new album?
When I finish and release my next album, yes definitely. I have so much wonderful new material
that I am restless and impatient to get it “off my chest”. I would rather
tour with 25 or 30 great songs that people know and love rather than just a
dozen. If I did that the show would be over in a hour !
You sing like an angel, or at least the way I’d picture an angel
singing….do you have a favorite song on “Revisited” that your most proud
of it that you love performing live?
I am proud of all of them and I think it was radio station in Canada
that said, “there’s a song on there (Revisited ) for every age and genre.” I
write from my heart and my soul and I think most listeners pick that up
” Lucretia’s Eylandt” is special as it is based on a true story (the wreck
of the Dutch East Indies Ship “Batavia” and the resulting massacre of over
300 people, including women and children, over 350 years ago. Although kept
as concubine ,Lucretia was one of the very few survivors and the song is
about her). It has everything, unspeakable Horror, love, lust, heroism etc
and is just a classic good vs evil story. It will be a major international
film blockbuster one day and I just hope I will still be around to see it !
“Will there be Love” still gives me goosebumps when I perform it, it’s a
very moving and reflective song
If you could have your ultimate stage fantasy what would have to
Just having someone come to see you perform is already the ultimate
fantasy come true. Honestly, what more could a performer want ? Anyone that
cares to give up their time for you are already special. They may come from
all walks of life, or maybe they are busy and going through their own
personal issues and emotions, but they have still come to see you, because
there is something in your music that they connect to. The stage fantasy is
when you hope there is a little part of you that they take away, but it
gets deeper than that.
I got an email from a woman recently whose daughter had been tragically
murdered and she said listening to “Angel” finally gave her closure and
some peace after so many years of grief.
That’s when it’s not fantasy anymore, it’s a soulful and emotional
What inspired you to become a part of the music industry?
I was born and brought up in a remote rural area of Western Australia,
where you had to create your own fun and entertainment. My mother sang and
played guitar, and every Sunday after the ritual local footy was finished ,
everyone would stay and be enthralled by her singing and her playing guitar
by the camp fire. It was probably only her only respite from raising seven
kids in brutal and harsh conditions. I remember thinking then how much music
can change peoples’ lives and whether you were a footballer, a burly local
farmer, a housewife, a local school teacher, or a farm labourer, music was
the ONE common factor that brought them all together at ONE time. My mum
never stopped encouraging me from the first time I picked up a guitar, and
although she has now passed , her wonderful legacy will stay with me
What advice would you give the younger Andy?
Just be yourself. I know that’s a cliché but its true. We were ALL born into
this world as blessed, talented and unique individuals. Our purpose in life
is simply to find AND be yourself. We are not here to please someone
else’s ego or conform to their expectations, however well meaning they might
be. Just Follow your dreams , that’s why we have them !
Social media links are
And Youtube videos
https://youtu.be/aI311P67fMw Where are you Now
https://youtu.be/9EZp4gEhi_g Just Because You Love Someone
https://youtu.be/6JrTkbXJAU0 White Lies
https://youtu.be/FI_0GBAEqUM I just Want to be the One