Michael Christopher Starr born in Honolulu, Hawaii was best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, with whom he played from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.
In the mid 1980s Jerry Cantrell began a band called Diamond Lie which included drummer Sean Kinney and Starr on bass. Cantrell's roommate, singer Layne Staley, also agreed to join while having Cantrell join his funk project which ended shortly thereafter.
Diamond Lie gained attention in the Seattle area and eventually took the name of Alice in Chains. The band was later signed to a record deal with Columbia Records and enjoyed extensive success via record sales and radio play in the grunge rock movement of the early 1990s.
A demo called "The Treehouse Tapes" in 1988 won them a major-label deal with Columbia Records the next year