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Michael Tuten

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Pianist Michael Tuten is a composer of new age
contemporary classical music and pop music. He als is dueling piano performer who appears in clubs throughout the U.S. including Sing Sing and Charlie Murdoch’s in the Pittsburgh area. Mike began performing as a street musician at age 12 in Durham, North Carolina. He released his first CD “Ninth Street”, a live recording of his street performances, at age 14. Steve Gonback of T.G.S. Studios in Chapel Hill Mike recorded Mike subsequent studio CDs. “Journey” is a delightful collection of Mike’s new age and contemporary classical piano compositions. “Holiday Classics” is recording of Mike performing his arrangements of 16 Christmas standards. Both CDs were released when Mike was only 19 years old. Mike plans to record a CD of pop-rock originals in 2007.

Michael was born in Tampa Fl. raised in Durham NC where he began classical piano lessons at the age of 8. During the ages of 8 through 14 he won numerous music awards at district, state and national levels. Hearing Elton John’s 1970 self titled album along with the likes of Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews band, Billy Joel, U2 and others expanded his musical aspirations from classical to rock and pop. After a few years of being one of North Carolina’s top entertainers making headway on the local charts, he pursued a second passion which was dance. After wasting away in college for 1 1/2 years he decided to get back into music. Michael saw his first dueling piano show at the age of 16,.sneaking into a Chapel Hill NC club with a fake ID to hear the show every night. Eventually he shelled out 20 bucks to play a song onstage.

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