Michael Morales (musician)

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Michael Morales
Born (1963-04-25) April 25, 1963 (age 54)
Origin San Antonio, Texas, United States
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass Guitar
Years active 1980–present
Labels PolyGram Records
Major/MTM Records
Associated acts The Max, Michael Morales
Website www.moralesacademy.com

Michael Morales (born April 25, 1963), is an American musician most known for the Top 40-charting songs, "Who Do You Give Your Love To?", (#15 Billboard Hot 100), and a cover version of The Romantics' "What I Like About You", (#28 Billboard Hot 100).

Early life[edit]

Born in San Antonio, Texas, he came from a musical family, (father, Henry, met his mother, Felicia, when the two were to perform together on a radio broadcast). As a child, Morales formed and played guitar, drums and piano in several bands including Crimson Sash. In 1980, he founded the popular band, The Max, in which he would perform until signing his first recording contract with PolyGram Records in 1988.


Morales released the self-titled Michael Morales in 1989. That CD garnered MTV airplay and landed three hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Who Do You Give Your Love To?", (peaked #15 Billboard Hot 100). Before releasing his second CD on PolyGram, Thump (1991), he founded Studio M in San Antonio. There he and brother, Ron Morales, have won four Grammy awards for CDs produced and recorded at Studio M. In 2000, Morales released his third CD on Major/MTM Records entitled That's The Way.

Aside from chart success, Morales's music can be heard in a number of feature films, including the 2000 Woody Allen film, Picking Up the Pieces, and the Cannes Film Festival winner, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, from 2005.

Morales has also worked with several big names such as Beyoncé, Def Leppard, Selena, Cee Lo Green, and more.

To date, Morales's works have been nominated for six Grammy awards and has won four of them.

Current Life[edit]

Morales resides in San Antonio with his wife and two children.[citation needed] His other brother is former Texas state attorney general, Dan Morales.[citation needed] He has his own music lesson business in San Antonio, called the Michael Morales Rockstar Academy and Rock Music Institute.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1989: Michael Morales
  • 1991: Thump
  • 1999: That's the Way


Year Single Peak chart positions[1] Album(s)
U.S. 100 U.S.
1989 "Who Do You Give Your Love To?" 15 Michael Morales
"What I Like About You" 28
"I Don't Know" 81
1991 "I Don't Wanna See You" 73 Thump


  1. ^ US Chart History. allmusic. Accessed October 3, 2010.

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