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Biography

Michael McPherson is a seasoned songwriter, performer and recording artist and has made his mark in the music industry as the owner and operator of recording studios, record labels, music publishing companies, production companies and music distribution companies. A versatile vocalist, songwriter and musician, he plays several instruments including the guitar, bass, mandolin, and keyboards.

Michael spent his early years in southeast Missouri where he first learned to play the guitar at age 12. He went on to play guitar, bass, and keyboards in a number of Midwestern rock bands throughout his high school and college years. After graduating from the University Of Missouri with a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he played local clubs as a solo acoustic act, refining his performing and songwriting skills. He later moved to the Boulder, Colorado area where he fronted several rock/blues bands and continued to write and perform as a solo artist.

He released an album of original material titled "Don't Look Back" which was produced by Bobby Barth (Axe, Blackfoot, Angry Anderson). Barth provided backing vocals and guitar tracks to the album and even wrote two of the songs. Other notable musicians who play on the album include bass player Blake Eberhard (Windmachine), Bob Harris (Frank Zappa, Warren Zevon) who played keyboards, trumpet and added backing vocals and Philip Wolfe (Angel, W.A.S.P.) who also played keyboards. The album was mixed and mastered by former Frank Zappa engineer and two time Grammy award winner Mark Pinske.

After the release of "Don't Look Back", Barth and McPherson formed a business partnership, built a recording studio and launched NEH Records LLC. Their record company generated dozens of albums for numerous bands from the USA and Europe including Axe, Caught In The Act (CITA), Guild Of Ages, Jaded Heart, The Red Rock Roosters, Wishdoctor and Blister 66. In 2002, Barth and McPherson divested their business partnership so Barth could devote more time to touring with the southern rock band "Blackfoot" as their new frontman, replacing Ricky Medlocke who had left Blackfoot to become a full time member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Michael's wife Jeanette became a part owner in the business at that time and the two of them focused their efforts on music distrubution and internet-based music retailing. NEH Records LLC has grown and prospered to become the leading online ecommerce site for AOR and Melodic Rock music in North America.

Jeanette McPherson was surrounded by music from a very early age. Both of her parents played in Country & Western bands throughout the mid-west and west coast as she was growing up. Her mother played bass and steel guitar and her father played guitar and mandolin in "Hank Williams" style bands. This constant exposure to performing live music had a strong influence on Jeanette and her siblings as all of them went on to play music in various capacities. In spite of constantly being around country and western music, motown soul is her self-professed favorite style. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona from Northern California where she met Michael McPherson and began participating in his musical projects as a vocalist, harmonica player and percussionist. She was a founding member of Hourglass where she sings lead and backing vocals and plays harmonica and percussion.

Michael and Jeanette are now fully absorbed managing NEH Records but they continue to write and record music at their recording studio in Niwot, CO. They also perform live with their current rock/blues band, "Hourglass" in addition to playing as a duo and with guest musicians in the McPherson Acoustic Project.


Contact Michael McPherson by E-Mail: mmcpherson@nehrecords.com
 
NEH Records
Phone: (303) 652-0199