Michael McDermott (musician)

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Michael McDermott
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Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Americana, Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1990–present
Labels EMI Records (USA)
SBK Records
E1 Music
One Little Indian Records
Pauper Sky Records
Website Michael-mcdermott.com

Michael McDermott is an American singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL.


McDermott started performing in Chicago coffeehouses in the early 1990s, incorporating elements of Irish music into an American folk rock sound. His 1991 single "A Wall I Must Climb", from the album 620 W. Surf, reached #34 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock tracks chart.[1] McDermott released several albums in the 1990s and toured extensively behind them. His lyrics were quoted in the Stephen King books Insomnia, and in the book Rose Madder, one of the characters constantly wears a shirt of his that reads "I'm in love with a girl called Rain".[2]

McDermott was married to singer/songwriter Heather Horton while on tour in Ferrara, Italy on 3 May 2009. Their daughter Rain (Willie) McDermott Murphy was born in July 2010.

McDermott is also known for performing his renditions of "God Bless America" and "The Star Spangled Banner" at arenas and stadiums across the country. Teams that have invited him to sing include: The Chicago Cubs, The Chicago White Sox, The Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball team, The Green Bay Packers, The Chicago Bears, The Los Angeles Lakers, The LA Kings, and NASCAR.

In 2013, McDermott formed The Westies. An album of new songs with the band was released in Italy May 13, 2014 on Appaloosa Records.[3] US release is expected fall, 2014.


  • 620 W. Surf (Giant Records/Reprise Records, 1991) - recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Don Gehman and Brian Koppelman, Bruce Hornsby was a guest player
  • Seattle Record (unreleased) - produced by Rich Parashar in Seattle for Giant Records, record was sold to EMI, but never released. Dave Navarro was a guest guitar player
  • Gethsemane (SBK Records, 1993) - recorded in Charlotte NC, produced by Don Dixon
  • Michael McDermott (EMI Records, 1996) - recorded in Memphis, produced by Joe Hardy, Stephen King wrote Liner notes and was a guest guitar player
  • Bourbon Blue (Wanted Man Records, 1999) - recorded in Chicago, produced by Michael McDermott
  • Last Chance Lounge (Koch Records, 2000) - recorded in Memphis, produced by Joe Hardy
  • Live Sampler (Self-released, 2003)
  • Ashes (Pauper Sky Records, 2004) - recorded in Houston & Los Angeles, produced by Joe Hardy and Dan Petty
  • Beneath the Ashes (2004)- outtakes from Ashes sessions
  • Noise From Words (One Little Indian, 2007) - recorded in Chicago and Los Angeles, produced by Michael McDermott and Jim Wirt
  • Hey La Hey (Pauper Sky Records 2009) - recorded in Nashville, produced by Lex Price
  • Hit Me Back (Pauper Sky Records 2012) - recorded in Chicago, produced by CJ Eiriksson
  • The Westies featuring Michael McDermott - West Side Stories (Pauper Sky Records 2015) - recorded in Nashville, produced by Lex Price

Other Releases

  • Seeking Solace
  • And in the Meantime
  • In a Godless Night (2xCD)
  • My Soul's Unfettered
  • Best of Michael McDermott


  1. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ Exclusive Download from Michael McDermott's Noise From Words. Paste Magazine (Wayback Machine cache), July 9, 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.it/dp/B00K522WP4

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