Michael Sterling (musician)

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Michael Sterling
GenresFunk, electro, soul, R&B
Years active1980–present

Michael Sterling (born October 26, 1960) is an American composer and musician from Miami, Florida which he also received the key to Metropolitan Miami Dade County. He is married to Irene Rena Sterling.


His musical career started in his teens when he played bass guitar for popular Latino recording artist Ray Fernandez. Soon afterwards, Sterling and two childhood friends formed the group Silver Platinum,[1] who quickly scored a hit on the R&B charts with their single Dance. He then went on to play lead guitar and sing as a member of the Grammy award winning reggae band Inner Circle.[2] Inner Circle, well known for their hit Bad Boys.

After touring with Inner Circle, Sterling returned to Miami and began his career as a solo artist. During this time, he started his own record label TSOM Records, where he produced hits for local artists 2 Live Crew, MC Shy D, JT Money and others. He also served as musical director for BMG recording artist Blu Cantrell.

His first album, The Artist, which contains 'Desperate' in 1983 and 'Nite Club 69' in 1985 didn't generate much attention. He first struck big time stardom with his second album, No Such Animal, in 1987 produced the songs, 'One More Chance', 'Is It Still Good To Ya' and the timely socially conscious theme song, 'Holiday'. The song, Cheating While She's Wearing My Ring, received a lot of airplay on the video channels (It is not on the album though). His voice is known for its trademark slight sweet and soft falseto sound.

Later years[edit]

During the 1990s and 2000s, Sterling maintained a low profile, while still releasing albums and producing. He still garners rave reviews and fans worldwide.

In 2005, Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz covered his Lovers and Friends (song) from his 1990 album Trouble.[3] The song was released on the quadruple platinum album Crunk Juice and was the winner of two BMI Billboard awards including ‘Hip Hop Song of the Year'.[4] In 2006, his song Bedroom Boom was covered by The Ying Yang Twins feat. Avant on the platinum Ying Yang CD U.S.A.

On November 17, 2009, volume 1 of his new two volume album, Eyes Around My Heart was released online.



Album Year Label
The Artist 1986 Success/TSOM
No Such Animal 1987 TSOM
Trouble 1990 TSOM
Love for Your Heart 1991 MSMG
Trust 1994 MSMG
The Songwriter 1996 MSMG
Right Now 2002 MSMG
Eyes Around My Heart 2009 MSMG
Black Songs 2011 MSMG


Year Single Album
1983 "Desperate" The Artist
1984 "Oral"
1985 "Nite Club 69"
"Anette Please"
1986 "You"
1987 "Cheating While She's Wearing My Ring" Non-album single
"No Such Animal" No Such Animal
1988 "Holiday"
"Is It Still Good to Ya"
1990 "One More Chance" Trouble
"What Do You Do?"
1991 "All Night and Always"
"Lovers & Friends"
"Love for Your Heart" Love for Your Heart
1992 "If You Still Love Me"
"Beautiful Smile"
1994 "Trust" Trust
"Falling for You"
"Back to Blue"
2007 "Ghost" Eyes Around My Heart
"Baby, Where's Your Heart"
"Girl It's on You"
2008 "Holiday"
"Falling for You"
2009 "I'm Taking You Back"
2010 "A little Sugar"
2011 "Love Theory" Black Songs
"Show You Love"
"One More Chance 2011"
(featuring PM)
2012 "Love Theory"

Discography with Inner Circle[edit]

Album Year
Something So Good 1982

Billboard (Writer/Composer)[edit]

Artist Year/Album Song Position
Anquette 1988/Respect I Will Always Be There For You Peak #76 [5]
Usher/Lil Jon/Ludacris 2004/Crunk Juice Lovers and Friends Peak #3[6]


  1. ^ Album: Silver Platinum. "Album | Silver Platinum | Silver Platinum | Sri Records | SW-70002 | US | 1981". Soulandfunkmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  2. ^ Greg Baker (1993-12-08). "The Unbroken Circle". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  3. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  4. ^ [1] Archived August 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/p14937/charts-awards/billboard-singles
  6. ^ Shaheem Reid. "Lil Jon, Usher, Luda ... How 'Bout Another Video?". MTV. Retrieved 3 January 2010.

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