Settle began his musical career as a solo singer and a member of The New Christy Minstrels. His debut solo album 'Folk Sing Hallelujah (1961) as Mike Settle and the Settlers, received good reviews and the title track Sing Hallelujah was covered on singles by several artists in Europe, as well as being a hit for Judy Collins (1967).
Settle is best known for being a member of the Rock band Kenny Rogers & The First Edition between 1967 and 1970. While he was with the group he composed a number of songs, including "But You Know I Love You" (a pop hit in 1969), as well as "It's Gonna Be Better", "The Last Few Threads Of Love" and "Goodtime Liberator", among many others.   He was later a member of the group Running Bear and Goldstein which recorded the original song "Rings", popularized by Cymarron (1971) and Lobo (1974).
Today he works as a journalist and music critic.
- 'Folk Sing Hallelujah (1961) (Mike Settle and the Settlers)
- The Mike Settle Shindig (1965) (The Mike Settle Shindig)
- Mike Settle [self titled] (1971)
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