Michael’s professional music career began as a songwriter and guitarist in Nashville, TN. His debut solo CD, Sacred Nation, received the 2003 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Recording. His follow-up, They Come Dancing, was nominated in 2004. The Journey, Michael’s third CD, received a 2006 Indian Summer Music Award, and was nominated for a 2006 Just Plain Folks Award and two 2007 Native American Music Awards. Mystery, Michael’s next release, covering topics from the environment and politics to the ecstasy and agony of life and relationships, received two 2008 Indian Summer Music Awards: for Best Pop Recording and Best Rock Recording. Chasing The Wind was nominated for four 2010 Indian Summer Music Awards.