Michael Carey is a Los Angeles-based producer, songwriter and guitarist who's resume includes platinum-selling US and international artists. A prolific composer, he's created the music for numerous worldwide ad campaigns for leading brands, award-winning film soundtracks, trailers and TV themes. 

Andy Vargas/Souleros Sessions, January 2015  © Maureen Feldman Photography

 Recent works include 2 songs (co-writer) with Escape The Fate (Eleven Seven Music) on their upcoming album produced by Howard Benson to be released Fall 2015, recording, arranging, mixing a track for Irish singer/songwriter Gavin James (Capitol Records), producing/co-writing Santana singer Andy Vargas’s debut solo album and playing guitars on recent top charting releases for Mary Lambert (Capitol), the worldwide multi-platinum “Terral” by Pablo Alboran (Warner Music-Spain), Jacquie Lee (The Voice/300 Entertainment), Tony Lucca (The Voice/222 Records), Japanese rock/pop icon Kenichi Kurosawa (Pony Canyon), and producing, writing, remixing and guitars with top-selling Russian artists Louna, MAX and Nogu Svelo!  

Past projects include co-writing and producing three singles for multi-platinum Dishwalla singer JR Richards, composing the end-title track the critically acclaimed feature film "Lbs", the main-title theme for the award-winning documentary “I Want To Say”, and programming/production/arranging for pop icons Robbie Williams, Will Smith, and Desmond Child, and Wilson Phillips and playing guitars on albums for Jason Castro and David Archuleta (American Idol). Michael has composed and produced music for numerous high profile ad campaigns for Coca Cola, Ford, Outback Steakhouse, Toyota and many others.

Michael primarily works from his studio in the hills south of the 101 freeway in the West San Fernando Valley - a relaxing, creative environment well suited for writing, tracking, overdubs and mixing.  Centered around an expanded Pro Tools HD system, the studio features a variety of warm, vintage mic pre’s by Neve, Trident, Sebatron and Boulder, fat vintage compressors, lovely boutique mics, and an extensive array of software and plug-ins.  The tracking room features a custom Pork Pie drum kit and vintage vintage/boutique amp cabinets always mic’d up and ready to record. Amps in the control room include a '74 Marshall 50w JMP, a '91 Demeter TGA-3, a '64 Fender Princeton, a '73 Traynor Bass Mate, a '54 Premiere Model 71, and an enviable assortment of boutique pedals.. guitar tracking heaven. Click here for a full gear list.


Album Work: 

Pablo Alboran “Remember Me” (US Single) - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Engineer (Warner Music)
Mary LambertHeart On My Sleeve” - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Engineer (Capitol)
Pablo AlboranTerral” - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Engineer (Warner Music Spain)
Tony LuccaNever Gonna Let You Go” (Single) - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Engineer (222 Records)
Mary LambertShe Keeps Me Warm” (Single) - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Engineer (Capitol)
Tony LuccaWith The Whole World Watching” (EP) - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Engineer (222 Records)
LOUNAStorming Heaven–Michael Carey Remix” – Dubstep/Alt-Rock Remix (Red Decade / Sony/Red)
Big Fish AudioThe Rock Collective” - Writer, Producer, Mixer, Guitars, Programming, Engineer (Big Fish)
MAXHave A Nice Flight” (Single) - Producer, Mixer, Electric Guitars, Programming (Immature Entertainment)
Bright Young Fires feat. Katie ColeLight It Up” - Co-Writer, Producer, Mixer, Guitars, Keys, Programming, Engineer (MTV Placements)
MAXMy Name Is Dick” (Single) - Co-writer, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Programming, Keys, Backing Vocals (Warner Music Russia)
Nogu Svelo!Faberge Eggs” - Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Guitars, Programming, Backing Vocals (Warner Music Russia)
Bright Young Fires feat. Katie ColeFirst time Today” - Co-Writer, Producer, Mixer, Guitars, Keys, Programming, Engineer (MTV Placements)
Jacquie Lee (The Voice) “Broken Ones” (EP) Electric Guitars, Engineer (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records)
Andy Vargas (Santana) “Harvest For The World” – Produced, Arranged, Recorded, Guitars 
Kenichi KurosawaLifetime Best” - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Engineer (Pony Canyon-Japan)
J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) “Monday Came” – Writer, Producer, Guitars, Engineer (End Title Track for the feature film “Lbs.”) (Huge Time/Universal)
J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) “Sunlight” – Co-writer, Producer, Guitars, Mixer (Huge Time/Universal)
Steve Hott - 3 cuts on debut album – Co-writer, Arranger (executive producer/mixer Chris Lord-Alge) ((Nettwerk Music Group)
J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) “Sugarville” – Co-writer, Producer, Guitars, Keys, Programming, Engineer (Huge Time/Universal)
Jason Castro (American Idol) "Jason Castro" (debut album)- Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Engineer
The DaresWhy Do I”, featured in the film “Junkyard Dog” (Vivica A. Fox, Brad Dourif) – Co-writer (RCA/Jive Entertainment)
Agnes Chan (Asian pop icon) “Forget Yourself” (US debut album) – Producer, Co-writer, Guitars, Programming, Engineer (Bungalo Records)
Desmond Child – multiple tracks – Produced, Arranged, Recorded, Mixed
Will Smith  “Freak This”/”Wild Wild West” medley for Grammy and Brit Awards – Arranger, Programmer, Pro Tools (Columbia)
• 2000 Grammys – Opening Music (preceding Will Smith’s performance) – Composer, Arranger, Producer
Robbie WilliamsCoffee Tea or Sympathy” – Loops, Drum Programming, Backing Vocals, Pro Tools (Capitol Records) 
• Nikki Hassman (Debut solo album) – Rhythm Arrangements, Loops, Drum Programming, Pro Tools (Sony Music)
Wilson Phillips “Don’t Go Wasting My Time” – Produced, Arranged, Recorded, Mixed, Guitars, Programming (Columbia)


Commercials / Film / TV:  Composer / Producer  / Mixer / Musician

(Awards include Cannes Silver Lion, Addys & Mobius)

Commercials (Composer/Producer)
• Coca Cola
• Outback Steakhouse
• Mattel
• Exxon
• Papa John’s
• Ford
• Sonic
• Exxon
• Taco Bell
• General Mills
• Gillette
• Universal Orlando
• Sega
• Bayer
• Toyota
• DEP/LA Looks
• Pedigree
• Busch/NASCAR
• Kawasaki
• Lincoln Mercury
• Asahi Beer
• TDK
• Korean Airlines
• Bonefish Grill
• ABC 7 News
• CBS Television
• Carrabbas Italian Grill
• Buena Vista Home Video
• Childhelp USA
• DIne Out For America 
• New York City Aids Awareness Campaign

Film
• “I Want To Say” – Main Title Them & Underscore 
  (WINNER: 2012 Healdsburg International Film Festival - Best Documentary)

• “Monday Came” – End Title Track from the motion picture “LBS”  
  (2011 IFC Spirit Awards Finalist, 2011 Prism Nomination, Sundance Official Selection)

• “Why Do I” – Soundtrack song featuring The Dares from the feature film “Junkyard Dog”
• “Enter The Fist” – (Git Some  & Show Me) - Soundtrack songs from the feature film 
• Miramax – “Squeeze” – Theatrical Trailer
• Buena Vista Features “Action Trailer”
• Disney/BVHV – “The Lion King” – TV trailers
• Disney/BVHV – “Aladdin” – TV trailers
• Disney/BVHV – “Mighty Aphrodite” – TV trailers “

Television
• TBS - “Dinner And A Movie” - Main Title Theme, Underscore, Bumpers & Stingers
• TBS - “War Games” 2-hour Pilot Special (Main Title Theme & Underscore)
• WB Network - “Generation O!” animated series (13 episodes - underscore)
• CBS Television - Fall On-Air Promos
• ABC 7 News - On-Air Promo

 


Client Testimonials

“If there has been one constant variable in all my creative successes over the years, it has been Michael Carey. He has made me look so good so many times, people have begun to mistake me for George Clooney. I owe Michael for making my years at Bozell award-winning... creating brilliant and original solutions for every account in the shop (yes! the ONLY music supplier we used for EVERY account in the agency was Michael!) Not only did he provide musical solutions, he provided marketing insights...He came up with amazing tracks and ideas for Exxon, Coke, and when we pitched and won the Taco Bell kid's business... not only did he write, score, arrange, and produce six different themes for six totally different campaigns, he also provided VOs, SFX and more... Michael and I produced over 70 radio and TV spots for Outback Steakhouse during a 15 year relationship working directly for the client, and over 40 spots for Carrabba's Italian Grill. When I moved into TV, and got my first show on the Kid's WB, who did I go out to get to score our award-winning series... there was never any question... And years later, when I was approached to pitch the Papa Johns pizza, it was Michael who was not just my musical better half, but my creative partner in developing the work that won the account. But even more, Michael is one of the nicest people I know in the world. He is kind, thoughtful, insightful, and is is truly a pleasure to call him my friend. I also like his politics... Michael is the best music person there is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  
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David Hale
CEO/Chief Hostage Negotiator – The Resistance
EVP/Creative Director – Bozell-LA
EVP/Managing Partner/Creative Director – DMB&B/NY
SVP/Co-Group Creative Director – J. Walter Thompson/NY

 

“During our production process on Louna's CD "Behind a Mask" Michael was a great resource and sounding board. He made several good suggestions, many of which were used, and I appreciated his positive yet constructive attitude. Later, when the album was finished, he suggested a remix of one of their songs. I agreed. What we received was a great collaborative final result for our digital release. He takes direction but still never compromises his integrity as an artist. I enjoy working with Michael and plan to in the future.”
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Travis Leake
President
Red Decade Records, LLC

 

“Michael is a music professional in every sense of the word. His creative composing skills always provide excellent tracks. Combine that with his vast knowledge of music and instruments, his ability to assemble and direct creative teams, and his comfort with lyrics and vocals and you've got Resonation! I would highly recommend contacting Michael for any upcoming music needs.” 
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David Gioiella
Vice President, NY Chapter AICE
Owner/Principal Editor
Northern Lights Post - NY / Bodega Films

 

“Michael Carey is not only one of the nicest people I've ever met, but his formidable and far-ranging talents are indispensable for anyone looking for a music creator. He has blown me away as a composer, producer, player, engineer, and singer.... Whether you need someone to provide music for a project or someone to collaborate with, you will not be disappointed if you are fortunate enough to work with Michael Carey!”
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Charles Judge
Charles Judge Music 
Arranger/Producer/Session Keys: credits include Colbie Callait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, etc.

 

“Michael is an extremely talented composer. He understands nuances, irony and even the subtlety of humor. And to make things even better, he is a pleasure to work with. I have no hesitations recommending Michael. I look forward to the next time we can do something together.” 
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Danny Kaufman 
Commercial Director – BOGADA, Bully Pictures
Member - Director at Directors Guild of America

 

“Michael Carey has provided great musical solutions and collaborated on a number of projects with us for Outback Steakhouse. Always ready with plenty of options, Michael is versatile, fast, and always looking to take on a challenge ("We're looking for a signature digeridoo line...") He handled an incredibly complicated online project for Outback with great skill and incredible patience – and as always, it sounded fabulous. Always a pleasure.”  
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John Colquon
Creative Director
The Kaplan Thaler Group

 

“Michael is an incredibly talented artist. He brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh insights to his projects. His dedication gave us flexibility in our work flow, resulting in terrific spots and satisfied clients.”  
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Michael Novello
Northern Lights Post - NY

 

“Michael is one of those rare creative talents who is not only a highly astute composer/songwriter, producer, and mixer, but also a gifted performer and musician in his own right. In full possession of superb artistic instincts, intelligence, and a wealth of knowledge of the craft of writing, recording and producing music, Michael consistently delivers work which is outstanding, compelling, and singular. 

Perhaps the best way to encapsulate Michael's talent is to say that every time I work with him, I learn something new. Whether it's Michael hiring me, or the other way around, collaborating with him is always a treat, and I'm always a better musician for it when the project is finished. 

Michael's big-picture conceptual abilities, his attention to detail, his commitment to staying ahead of the curve, and his unshakable professionalism become evident from the get-go, and any performer, advertising agency, or producer of new media, television, or film would be well served to avail themselves of Michael’s talents – he’s a powerhouse!” 
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James Verboort
Composer/Arranger