An all-around performer and creative, teen musician Michael Eddy is an accomplished singer, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer. School productions, dance competitions (Michael is a national hip hop champion!), and live performances with his band are all a regular part of Michael’s life. “My parents raised me to put kindness above all else,” he shared. “Family is very important to me and my late grandma was a big part of who I am today. I’ve always been taught to help people, and I’m an advocate and supporter of all students being treated with kindness and respect no matter their learning ability. I would hope that my music would inspire someone to smile and also put them in a good mood. And maybe dance a little,” he confides.
There are plenty of opportunities to smile and dance with Michael on the way. Recently he’s chasing even bigger projects. Michael released his debut solo single, “small towns” in December 2022. We caught up with Michael to learn more about “small towns” and its music video and his other projects.
Showstopper Magazine Online: Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get started in music?
Michael Eddy: My name is Michael Eddy and I am currently a senior in high school. I have loved music since I was a little kid and always knew that was my passion. When I was 5 years old I started performing in my school’s productions. I soon discovered my passion was not just for acting, but also dancing and singing and I was often the lead in productions like The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, and The Lion King. I started my vocal journey by taking voice lessons weekly because I loved to sing. I would continue my passion for singing by performing in recitals and singing in choirs. As I got older I became more invested in music, which made me learn how to play the guitar, drums and recently bass. With this experience, I’ve gained a whole new insight into the world of producing and making music.
SMO: How would you describe your sound? Who or what inspires your music?
Michael: I would describe my sound as southern rock, and my biggest musical inspirations are, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, and Freddie Mercury.
SMO: Your debut single “small towns” came out just last month. What inspired that song?
Michael: One of my musical partners Rob Shaver approached me with the idea for the song and when I heard it, I immediately loved it, but knew I needed to work on the lyrics so it fit with my life experience. “small towns” is a song about optimistically embarking on new horizons and seeking out new experiences. It was inspired by my own creative and personal growth. It’s very exciting to work with collaborators, especially Michael Orland who helped in the musical composition of the song.
SMO: What is it like to release your debut single?
Michael: It is amazing to have a debut single. I love being able to see all of the positive feedback from my fans and that ‘small towns’ has been growing in views and has been getting more recognition. As an artist, the main thing you want to see is positive recognition which I have gotten a lot of on the song and music video.
SMO: “small towns” has an accompanying music video as well.
Michael: Yes! The music video for “small towns” is on Youtube, and at the moment has been getting a lot of views! The video was very exciting to film and a big shoutout to Typo (@mytypolife) for filming and editing the music video. Also a big thank you to Apogee Studios for the setting of the video.
SMO: Can you tell us a bit about the process for creating the video?
Michael: The process for creating the video was very interesting and composed of many different ideas. The video itself was filmed in the iconic Apogee Studios and I was able to access many of their instruments and even the soundboard for the video. One of my favorite items in the studio was the retro jukebox that I was able to use as a prop. Another fun aspect of the video was using artificial intelligence(A.I.) to create most of the music video. We had our main ideas for the video and our talented friend Typo (@mytypolife) turned the ideas into an amazing video with his directing, filming, and editing.
SMO: Do you have a favorite line from “small towns”?
Michael: Yes, my favorite line from Small Towns, is “Come on over nice to meet ya, stay a while and hear the music.” “ I’m playing with my band on Saturday night.”
SMO: What should people expect from you in 2023?
Michael: People should expect more publicity from the single, “Small Towns” and the music video. I also will post covers of me singing and playing guitar on my Instagram (@itsmichaeleddy).
SMO: Is there anything else you want people to know about you or your music?
Michael: I am currently the lead singer of a band called Tomfoolery that is composed of friends from school. We play covers, originals, and have performed at the Whisky a Go Go. We are an LA-based alternative rock band that will continue to stroll along the sunset strip playing more gigs and soon releasing new music.
Also, I am a proud member of SAG and I am a national hip hop dance champion. My dance troupe and I won a national championship in 2018.
“small towns” is streaming now on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube!