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Michael McClead

by Michael McClead

Acoustic guitar blended with beautiful violins, catchy sing a long choruses, piano, and a polished well produced sound come together to make music that is sure to be well received.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Christian
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1. Angel Of Mine
3:42 album only
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2. International Song Of World Champions
5:22 album only
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3. We'll Get Through All Of This
5:17 album only
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4. Try
4:25 album only
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5. Road - One Million Miles
4:19 album only
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6. No Reasons Why
3:57 album only
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7. Lo1ve
6:13 album only
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8. Saved By Grace
4:44 album only
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9. Don't Fly Away (You Could Be An Angel)
4:14 album only
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10. The World's Not Alone (You're Not Alone In The World)
4:48 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These songs have been built over a period of 12 years. Some of these songs saw their beginnings during my teen years. The album that is currently in progress represents more than a decade's worth of work and it is my highest hopes that it is worthy of so much time and effort. Throughout the production of this record, I have lost life long friends, seen loved ones go to heaven, learned that I will be a new daddy, and battle a life altering illness. Each song tells a story about my life in music and my relationship with Jesus Christ. Each song is a spiritual testimony about my journey from atheism to the realization of the fact that I am a child of the most high, God. The songs are about failed relationships, failing health, failing hearts and the renewed hope I have found in the one who has conquered death and the world." - Michael McClead. Michael McClead brings over a decade of music business experience to the world of Christian music. In his latest effort, McClead brings a heartfelt singer songwriter project to life with haunting vocals, enchanting strings, and catchy choruses anchored by hip hop loops. His self titled release is unlike any acoustic based record anyone has ever heard and arguably stands alone as a creative force in the world of Christian music. Formerly signed to a Hollywood record company, McClead brings Hollywood label experience to the world of Christian music. McClead has also worked with the late legendary Chicago soundman Jerry Soto (Buddy Guy, Eddie Clearwater, Super Bowl Shuffle) and legendary Hollywood photographer, Marvin Rinnig (David Bowie, Mick Jagger). In addition to his solo material, Michael is also the lead singer of Christian hard rock band Nothing Can Separate. McClead's born again experience is most noteworthy as the rock n roll lifestyle provided for some serious flaws in McClead's character that were revealed shortly before that experience. "On my own I'm nothing. That has been proven time and time again. Jesus Christ saved me. It is through salvation that I am anything. It is because of His sacrifice that I have any worth whatsoever. God looked down on the Earth and saw that none are good; but, because of the sacrifice of His son, we can be made righteous in His eyes. His law shined a light onto the darkest areas of my life. He saved me. What more to say?" -Michael McClead. It was through faith in Christ that McClead decided to start Bless the Day Music, an upstart independent and family run Christian record label. "I want Christian artists to have the opportunity to put forth their best artistic effort, without a record label executive standing over the session, trying to pinch pennies and silence the artist's constitutionally protected first ammendment right to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our job, as a family run label, is to sign artists with a real passion for Jesus and to get them set up to evangelize through not just music; but, music that is even better than the stuff we're subjected to on mainstream radio. We are also personally dedicated to treat every artist as if they were a dear member of our own family. We’re still in the developing stages; but, I have the highest faith and hope in what we are doing." -Michael McClead. Unafraid to tackle any subject matter, McClead's songs deal with weighty subjects like abortion and poverty, as well as his own personal testimony on the change of his heart and music that came manifest in the form of Jesus Christ. McClead's first solo album was recorded and mixed with Larry Kriz of LNL Recording and mastered by the SoundLab (Eminem, Jason Newsted, The Roots). The self titled effort will be released through McClead’s own label Bless the Day Music in December 2008. The album will be available at BlesstheDayMusic.com, MichaelMcClead.com, CDBaby.com, ITunes, and other local music stores near you. Be on the lookout for some amazing live shows as McClead teams up with long-time friends Jim Rickard and Peter Hermes to bring the music to life at a venue near you.




"This was one of the more interesting projects I've had the pleasure of being involved in. So much happened to Michael over the course of this recording. He could write a book about it, I'm sure. In spite of everything he had to endure over the course of the project, Michael never lost focus. He was determined to complete the album and he did!

I listen to the album now and have a hard time remembering all the different sessions that we were involved in. So many elements were added over time. A really lush production. Michael is influenced by many artists but Queen was a sort of reference for much of this. We tried hard to create the same sort of lush vocal harmonies that you'd find in a typical Queen album. Keep in mind though, as you listen to the album, that this is Michael doing all the vocal parts by himself. Pretty amazing when you stop and think about it. Michael had a vision from the beginning of what this album was going to sound like and I think he succeeded in realizing his vision. This is one of those records that you can listen to a dozen times and still find something new that catches your ear. You might not be able to catch everything on the initial listen but if you took anything away, it would diminish the songs.

I'm honored to call Michael a friend and look forward to the next record with him! Much success to you Michael."

Larry Kriz - recording engineer
LnL Recording
Elgin, IL



"I absolutely love your sound and love the ballads. I said that before, but I find myself being "caught" every time "No Reasons Why" is played on the station. Good job, love the vocals, the lyrics, and the music"
Michael Hughes-owner
Christian Mix INet

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Tammi Dimos

Simply Amazing
I was able to see Michael and his band live at Six Flags in St Louis. Their set was simply amazing and left the audience with their mouths open. There was certainly a buzz in the air. Michael is an amazing singer on par with some of the greatest I have ever heard. He has been blessed with the voice of an angel. Animal, their drummer, hits the kit like a reincarnation of John Bonham. Like I said, the band was amazing and I honestly cant think of a better indie band. That wasn't all. Michael had a message and he told his story and the story of Jesus in a way that I had never hear it before. Michael was real, genuine and authentic, an everyman, and the message of faith he shared hit hard and shook me. After the show, I told Michael that I couldn't afford a CD and he gave me one anyway. I couldn't believe it. It was the first time anyone had ever given me anything of value, for free. That wasn't all. He also hooked me up with stickers, a Bible, tracts, and an autograph to go with it. I was so excited and listened to the CD as soon as I got home. I floored and was amazed at the production and talent level on the CD. Michael is a truly brilliant artist as he plays just about every instrument on the CD and wrote every song, some of which are literally on perpetual play on my IPOD. I would pay to see them live over and over again and I would pay to hear their music. So to Michael and the rest of the band, thank you for your music and for impacting my life. God bless you.
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Bill Friehl

WOW!
This is simply one of the best indie records I have ever heard. I was blown away by the vocal layerings and harmonies that are prevalent throughout this full length effort. All the songs have passionate and extremely emotional and spiritually intense lyrics and vocals that are just simply awe inspiring. It's truly one of the best records I have ever heard and I am so glad to have the priviledge of hearing it! I eagerly anticipate the next one!!!
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Lisa DeLaino

Truly Amazing
Michael you have truly outdone yourself with this one. Some of the songs have become my very favorite and have left me inspired through wet eyes. Thank you for FINALLY releasing it.
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Tim Thompson

mcclead
awesome stuff i love the first eight songs of the cd the most the last few songs make it an album though
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Bob Kilgore

good job
good stuff. my favorite song is try. the world's is good to.
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