Michael Mayo began forging his musical identity long before he hit the stage.
The son of two successful musicians, the Los Angeles native grew up just a little
more than 20 feet from the likes of Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind and Fire
and Stevie Wonder. This proximity helped Mayo create a musical path centered
around the innovative elements of R&B and Jazz.
After receiving his Bachelor’s from the New England Conservatory of Music,
Mayo attended the acclaimed Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance,
only the third vocalist to be accepted into the 20-year-old program, where he
learned from Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Luciana Souza