Michael McArthur

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Michael McArthur
McArthur in December 2013.jpg
McArthur in December 2013
Background information
Birth nameMichael Anthony McArthur
BornLakeland, FL, U.S.
GenresFolk, Soul, Alternative Rock, Americana
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals, Piano, Percussion
Years active2008–present
LabelsMcArthur Music

Michael Anthony McArthur is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. His musical style encompasses rock, soul, americana and folk.

Early life[edit]

Michael Anthony McArthur was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, and is one of 4 children. His father, Robert McArthur, is a retired retail store manager, and his mother, Yvonne Robinson, is a registered nurse. He began singing in elementary school, and, at age 15, his grandfather gave him his first guitar.[1] McArthur began writing songs and making home demo recordings shortly after. In 2004, at age 19, he co-founded a company with his brother, Chris McArthur, and in 2006, the company opened Black and Brew Coffee House and Bistro in Lakeland's downtown.[2] In late 2008, McArthur decided to sell his ownership in the family business and pursue a career in music.[1]


In August 2012, McArthur independently released his first album, The Year of You and Me, a 5-track EP he recorded at The Vanguard Room in Lakeland, Florida.[2]

In April 2013, McArthur was named the Florida GRAMMY Showcase Award Winner by The Recording Academy's Florida chapter.[3][4]

In October 2013, McArthur independently released his second album, The Home Recordings, a 5-track EP composed of acoustic versions of the songs from his first EP. McArthur recorded, produced, engineered, and mixed the album at his home studio in Lakeland, Florida.[4]

In April 2015, McArthur independently released his third album, Magnolia, a 6-track EP. The album was produced by McArthur, along with Conrad Johnson and David Bianco, a 1996 winner of the "Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical." Magnolia received numerous positive reviews.[4][5] The album was officially released at an album release party at "Polk Theatre" on April 10, 2015.[6]

In March 2016, McArthur released a single recording, "Goodbye Lover," which was recorded and produced by Greg Wells at Rocket Carousel studio in Los Angeles, CA. "Goodbye Lover" received a positive review from Huffington Post critic Morena Duwe.[7]

Five days after the 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, McArthur released a music video as a tribute to the victims of the attack.[8] The video was based upon McArthur's song, "Love Wins," which had previously been unreleased. The video was primarily filmed at a victim support rally in downtown Orlando, but also includes still images and videos from around the world of people coming together in support of Orlando.[9] McArthur originally wrote the song after the United States Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in the United States.[10]

In January 2017, McArthur released his single, "Fantasy Woman," which was also recorded and produced by Greg Wells.[11]

In August 2017, McArthur independently released For Elaine, a 10-track acoustic compilation album. McArthur recorded, produced, engineered, and mixed the album at his home studio in Lakeland, Florida.

In February 2018, McArthur formed his own record label, Dark River Records.[12][13]

On January 25, 2019, McArthur released his debut full-length album and first release on Dark River Records, Ever Green, Ever Rain. The album was produced by multiple-Grammy winning producer, Ryan Freeland and recorded in four days at United Recording Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA. The band consisted of McArthur, Steven Nistor, Paul Bryan, Lee Pardini (of the band Dawes), Jebin Bruni, Josh Davis, and Dan Kalisher. The album was mastered by Kim Rosen. 'Ever Green, Ever Rain' has received numerous positive reviews including that from Billboard, Cowboys & Indians, popmatters, Atwood Magazine, Americana UK, Glide Magazine, and The Bluegrass Situation.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]


Michael McArthur with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra at The Polk Theatre, September 10, 2016

McArthur spent much of 2016 traveling the country playing intimate solo acoustic shows in fans' homes. In September, 2016, he performed with his full band, and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland.[20][11]


  • The Year of You and Me - EP (2012)
  • The Home Recordings - EP (2013)
  • Magnolia - EP (2015)
  • Goodbye Lover - Single (2016)
  • Fantasy Woman - Single (2017)
  • For Elaine - Compilation (2017)
  • Ever Green, Ever Rain (2019)


  1. ^ a b Pleasant, MyCah. "Lakeland Singer Pursuing Music As a Career". The Ledger. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Reinstetle, Matt. "Michael McArthur Puts All His Focus Towards the Music". The Ledger. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Florida GRAMMY Showcase Finalists Announced!". GRAMMYPro.com. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Duwe, Morena (14 September 2015). "Artist Spotlight: Michael McArthur and His Album 'Magnolia'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  5. ^ Murphy, Sarah (March 25, 2015). "Michael McArthur 'Magnolia'". Exclaim!. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  6. ^ Ferguson, Lance. "Lakeland Musician Michael McArthur Will Play At Polk Theatre on Friday for Album Release". The Ledger. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  7. ^ Duwe, Morena (14 May 2016). "Michael McArthur Releases Newest Track, "Goodbye Lover"". Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  8. ^ Polom, Cameron (24 June 2016). "Lakeland singer dedicates song and music video to Orlando". WFTS-TV. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  9. ^ Claytor, Stephanie (June 22, 2016). "Lakeland singer and songwriter dedicates song to victims". Bay News 9. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  10. ^ Boynton, Paul (21 June 2016). "'Love Wins' - A Tribute to Orlando". Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b Duwe, Morena (17 February 2017). "Michael McArthur's Voice Makes You Wish He Was Singing About You". Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  12. ^ a b Mutz, Annalee. "Handmade Sound". The Lakelander. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  13. ^ a b Graff, Gary. "Michael McArthur Ponders the Importance of Love on Elaine". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ Brown, Kristin. "First Listen: Michael McArthur's Ever Green, Ever Rain". Cowboys & Indians. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  15. ^ Frahm, Jonathan. "Folk Artist Michael McArthur Shares Stirring New Visual for "Save Me From the Fire" (premiere)". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  16. ^ Jones, Abby. "Premiere: Michael McArthur Laments on the Dark Side of Love with "Ever Green, Ever Rain"". Atwood Magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  17. ^ Roberts, Ben. "Michael McArthur 'Ever Green, Ever Rain' (Dark River Records, 2019)". Americana UK. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  18. ^ Glide Staff. "Song Premier: Michael McArthur Creates Luscious Song Landscape Via "We Live & We Die". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  19. ^ BGS Staff. "Listen: Michael McArthur, "Rest's Unknown"". The Bluegrass Situation. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  20. ^ McMullen, Cary. "Pops partnership: Lakeland singer McArthur to perform with ISO". The Ledger. Retrieved 1 June 2017.

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