Todd is a vibrant and melodic singer, songwriter, guitarist, & producer. He has appeared on albums with Norah Jones, Sting, and Karsh Kale. He has performed original music and cover songs at a wide variety of national music festivals & special private events including corporate parties, holiday parties, birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, graduation parties, weddings, cocktail hour, & more. He can play original or cover music - instrumental or with vocals - for the bride walking down the aisle as well as serenading the bride and groom with their first dance song. Todd can accompany himself with both acoustic and electric guitars as well as background beats if the situation calls for it. He has been known to bring up additional singers, including his talented wife Reena Shah // @DancingReena for duets and other pieces of music.
Todd is equally comfortable performing his own award-winning music or any requested styles that a client may need for their event. He will discuss your musical needs and will tailor your musical tastes into his live music set.
Todd's own music has been featured in TV shows, on ESPN, and and in National TV Ad campaigns. His original song "Moonshine" was used for Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine National TV Commercial which aired for 3 years on the Discovery Channel. He composed original songs & score for the animated feature film 'Sita Sings the Blues' by Nina Paley, which won numerous critical awards around the world. "Sita Sings the Blues" has over 1.2 million views on YouTube. Another Nina Paley collaboration called "All Creative Work is Derivative" has over 3 million views on Facebook.
Todd also co-wrote and sang on a pop-song called "Airborne" which debuted on the closing credits of "Almost There", a new comedy developed for Direct TV.
Todd welcomes your inquiry for your event and will contact you back within 6 hours of your inquiry.
PRAISE FOR TODD MICHAELSEN:
"Never have I been so moved and absorbed by a male vocalist. It's not only his soaring range but the sheer warmth you feel when you're listening to him, sets him right apart from any other singer.......... The music has this beautiful feel good vibe, charming listeners with expressive lyrics and illustrious melodies – like giving your ears a hot bubble bath"
-- Indian E-Music
Todd Michaelsen aims to raise the roof on an arena near you.
"Majestic Lovers", a wise choice lead single, is chimey anthemics — and that's this band's sweet spot. Equally soaring, "Love Anthem" takes the guys into Muse/Coldplay/Temper Trap,,,,,"Crystal Ball" is pretty and driving, & "Lover in Hiding" recalls Bono & Co. circa Atomic Bomb. Which is not to say they don't throw a few curve balls. The retro bounce of "Darling", the rollicking "Moonshine" and the wistful, acoustic "Siren" are nice departures. Still, this is big, audacious & brimming with hooks. Considering that's only kind of rock that gets the big boys to notice anymore, do not be surprised if you're hearing more from and about My Pet Dragon, and soon.
-- John Norris (Noisevox, MTV News)
"Vocalist/songwriter Todd Michaelsen has a tenor voice that falls somewhere between Thom Yorke & Muse's Matthew Bellamy."
-- Brooklyn Rocks
"Todd's music has influences which range from U2 to mid-80s electro pop..."
-- Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn
"Todd Michaelsen's voice shines!"
-- Southside on the Town
"Hazy, Flaming Lips-Esque ethereal tunes highlighted by a melodic tenor"