15 Mins of Xmas
Mike Williams on Sax is an Inspirational Saxophonist; with influences of Smooth Jazz, Oldies, R&B, Gospel, & Indie Rock. He is passionate about spreading positivity, through soothing and peaceful music. Mike is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio; but has called the Greater Toledo/North-West Ohio area, home for the past 11 years.
Mike is known for his vibrant, joyful, and playful personality, that bursts through every performance; which is complimented by his infectious laugh and smile. In addition to music being his passion; he's built a reputation of being truly about his business; off stage as well. With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration (MBA); it is no surprise that Marketing is one of his strongest attributes. In addition to both of these degrees, Mike also acquired a Minor in Musical Recording Technology; all from Bowling Green State University.
Mike's musical career is an extremely diverse one; combining performances from solo events, serving as the official saxophonist for Moths in the Attic; and sitting in with various local and regional touring acts. Mike has played a wide array of events including: concerts, restaurants, corporate events, weddings, receptions; and cocktail hours. He has performed for various festivals including; The Black Swamp Arts Festival, Old West End Festival, The Toledo Museum of Art Juneteenth Festival, The Fifefly Nights Festival, and B.R.A.V.E. Juneteenth Festival. Mike has also become known for performing his unique Smooth Rendition of the National Anthem; for many collegiate and professional sporting events including; The Toledo Walleye, The Toledo Mudhens, The Ohio State University (NCAA March Madness), Monster Jam, & The Cleveland Guardians. He has also played in various bands opening for artists such as: Drake, The Vindy's, Tyler Childers, Gwen Stefani, & Patti LaBelle.
15 Mins of Xmas; is a Holiday Experience, that was originally birthed by accident. In 2016 many members at Mike's church, begged for him to put out a Holiday EP (CD); so eventually he caved in and created 19 Mins of Xmas. The project was quick, short, and straight to the point; only available to stream from the music website, Band Camp. Years down the road, he wanted to revisit this concept; but also make it more accessible to everyone. In 2021 he revised it to 15 Mins of Xmas; as that was the closest estimate of the actual duration of the project. Although, in present-day, the duration is much different than 15 minutes; the original theme and concept still remains. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, this project reminds us all to just slow down; and simply enjoy ourselves. It is designed to be a therapeutic and relaxing experience; that allows all of its listeners the opportunity to escape life's stressors and realities; even if it is just for a moment. This project also encourages listeners to remember the reason for the season; and to be kind, thoughtful, and friendly to one another. In 2022 the project expanded to a tour; which added a series of live concerts with a full band, covering various cities in Ohio. The tour and CD series has experienced both sold out shows and sold out physical CD's. This year the concept will continue to grow and expand; as it comes to your city; for a very special 15 Mins of Xmas "Deluxe Edition"! This will include the best elements from Volumes 1, 2, & 3; which some new and fresh concepts as well all in one place for a giant listening experience.
The CD (Vol 1,2,&3) 💿
2023 Concert Recap
2022 Concert Clip