BIOGRAPHY

Mike Williams on Sax is an Inspirational Saxophonist, with influences of Smooth Jazz, R&B, Pop, Oldies, Funk, Fusion, Indie Rock, and Gospel. Mike is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but has called North-West Ohio; particularly Greater Toledo, home for the past 8 years. He loves cross generational music; and the blending of various musical genres and styles. Mike enjoys challenging the musical rules, boundaries, and traditional music theory; in his original music, arrangements, and compositions. With 20 years of experience in live entertainment and performance; Mike has acquired knowledge in a wide variety of different types of stages and performance spaces. Each stage, genre, and style has given him a new appreciation for music and the culture that is attached to each.

Mike’s musical career began a little differently than most people would have imagined. His grandmother recommended that he start classical piano lessons in efforts of stimulating his young brain. Shortly after, at the tender age of 9, he began his classical piano journey. Just after he began piano lessons, his school music teacher Mrs. Rodriguez, contacted his parents; informing them that she strongly would endorse him to audition for the world renown Cincinnati Boychoir. After a successful audition; Mike was the newest member to the choir, and was to begin as a full-time member at the start of the fall school year. In the Fall semester of his 5th grade academic year; students were to choose a band instrument for music class. Mike wanted to be a drummer like his older brother and father; but stood no chance as each percussion slot was filled by instantly. Mike remembered seeing an older cousin playing the saxophone, so he decided he would “settled for the sax”.

Mike majored in Business Management and minored in Musical Recording Technology, from Bowling Green State University; graduating in 2013. Just before starting his senior year, in 2012, he began playing as a Church Musician for Family Baptist Church; where he still continues to serve. Upon graduation, Mike began he career in Corporate America and remained for 4.5 years until the gravitational pull of music steered him towards a career as a full-time musician. In 2015 he began playing with Zack Fletcher & Kevin Jorrey, which would later be molded into the band Moths in the Attic. The band was considered Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, and Soft Rock; and really forced Mike to learn how to compliment lead vocalists. This style of music was unlike anything he had ever played; but it really was one of the greatest things that could have ever happened for him as it helped increase his diverse musical palate.

As Mike continued to explore new avenues as a full-time musician; this also allowed him the opportunity to find his own original sound and voice. Mike began to find himself servicing many unique venues and spaces; as demand continued to increase all throughout Northern Ohio. Mike has shared stages and recording sessions with, Folk Artist Dan Bern, Award Winning Blues Singer, Johnny Rawls, and Award Winning Jazz Singer, Ramona Collins. Mike has also opened up for several National Touring Acts with various groups including: OWEL, Helmet, Tyler Childers, Gwen Stefani, and Drake.

Grand Openings

  • 2021 Perrysburg Boat Club Facility Grand Opening (Perrysburg, Ohio)

  • 2021 Otterbein Assisted Living Grand Opening (Pemberville, Ohio)

  • 2019 The Taste Wine Bar Grand Opening (Toledo, Ohio)

 

Opening for touring artists

  • 2021 Fan Fest Concert for Opening Ceremony of Solheim Cup, Open for Gwen Stefani

  • Helmet

  • OWEL (Ottawa Tavern)

  • Tyler Childers (Clazel Historic Theatre)

  • Drake Club Paradise Tour in Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion May 26th, 2012

 

National Anthems

  • Toledo Walleyes Conference Finals Playoff Opener 2022 (5/20)

  • Black Swamp Arts Festival in Remembrance of 20th Anniversary of September 11th - 2021 (9/11)

  • World Famous Toledo Mudhens - 2022 (4/22)

  • World Famous Toledo Mudhens - 2021 (5/22)

  • Bowling Green State University Men’s Basketball - 2022 (1/25, 2/5): 2021 (3/6) : 2020 (1/21, 1/28, 2/22, 3/6)

  • Bowling Green State University Women’s Basketball - 2022 (1/19, 1/26) : 2021 (3/3) : 2020 (2/1)

  • Bowling Green State University Men's Hockey - 2022 (2/4) 

  • Bowling Green State University Men's Baseball - 2022 (5/10)

  • Bowling Green State University Women’s Volleyball – 2021 (3/6)

  • University of Toledo Men's Basketball - 2022 (2/8)

  • University of Toledo Women's Basketball - 2022 (3/2)

 

Annual Festivals / Community Events

  • Old West End Festival Fair Arts Stage 2022

  • Monroe Street Neighborhood Center Annual Jazz Brunch Headliner 2022

  • Black Swamp Arts Festival Main Stage 2019

  • Black Swamp Arts Festival Main Stage 2021

  • 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Bowling Green, Ohio organized by B.R.A.V.E. 

  • 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Bowling Green, Ohio organized by B.R.A.V.E.

  • 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Bowling Green, Ohio organized by B.R.A.V.E.

  • 10th Annual Toledo Restaurant Week Kickoff Celebration 2020

  • 2019 Jam Sessions Headliner for Toledo Public Libraries’ Jazz Appreciation Month

  • Old West End Festival

  • Parliament 5K Race

  • Lagrange Music Festival at the Historic Ohio Theatre 2018

 

Notable Stages

  • The Ark – Ann Arbor (Dan Bern)

  • Blue Llama Jazz Club - Ann Arbor (Ramona Collins)