Michael Pinning is a pop/rock acoustic guitarist, pianist and singer-songwriter. He performs a wide range of covers and original songs. He enjoys playing a wide variety of music, from classic rock to todays top 40. Through performing his goal is to lift the spirits of his audience and share a message of hope and positivity. He enjoys connecting with a small group in an intimate setting with just his guitar, or starting the party with a large audience and a high energy full band, and everything in between.
Music has always been Michael's first love, his fondest memories are being in choir as a child, and being raised with a piano in the living room where he would plunk and write his own songs. His instrument of choice however is the guitar, which he started learning at 11 years old. He still does love the piano, which he started "officially" learning at 16.
Musical talent also runs in Michael's family. His uncles, Jim Mayer & Peter Mayer, have been the guitarist and bassist for Jimmy Buffet's "Coral Reefer" band for last 20+ years. His uncle Peter Mayer, is a talented guitarist as well as popular independent artist. Jim Mayer, is a popular children's musician, known as "Uncle Jim". Michael's cousin Brenden Mayer is currently signed to Jimmy Buffet's Mailboat Records and has toured and performed with Jimmy Buffet.
Michael's major musical influences are Jason Mraz, Damien Rice, John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, The Script, One Republic and his vocal coach, mentor and friend Trevor Davis.