Originally from Houston, Texas, Mike began studying music formally at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a school that is renowned for it’s musical alumni. Which include names as Jason Moran, Beyonce, Robert Glasper, Brian Michael Cox, Eric Harland, Chris Dave, and Kendrick Scott. Much to be inspired by, this was a huge influence in the progression of his musical development.
After graduating High School, Mike quickly moved to New York City to attend the New School University with the highest scholarship the school had ever given to a guitar player. He soon began playing gigs, working his way into the New York Jazz scene