Mike City

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Mike City
Birth name Michael Flowers
Also known as Mikey Dan (as background vocalist)
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Charlotte, North Carolina
Genres Rhythm and blues, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, Rapper
Instruments keyboards, synthesizers, drum machine, Wurlitzer, drums, bass
Years active 1995-present
Labels Ichiban, Intersound, Soulife
Associated acts Mark Sparks, Dave Hollister, Carl Thomas, Sunshine Anderson, Lalah Hathaway, Donell Jones
Website twitter.com/mikecity

Mike City (born Michael Flowers[1] in Philadelphia)[2] is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known for producing the singles "I Wish" for Carl Thomas, "Heard It All Before" for Sunshine Anderson, "Full Moon" for Brandy and "One Woman Man" for Dave Hollister. He became a mentor of Anderson's after a friend discovered her singing a song by Lalah Hathaway in the cafeteria line at North Carolina Central University.[3]

He earned the moniker Mike City because he was an avid listener of the house music group Ten City.[1] Initially a songwriter, City became a singer by trade and later a producer after needing an outlet to use the songs he wrote.[1] He started out playing drums and bass, but switched to keyboards after graduating from high school in 1987.[1]

Flowers is also the founder and CEO of Unsung Entertainment, Inc.[4] He is also a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity, a predominantly African-American national fraternity. He was initiated at Alpha Epsilon Chapter at North Carolina Central University in Spring 1988.[5]

He is noted for production on Brandy albums Full Moon and Human.[6][7]

Selected production credits[edit]

Channel Live - Armaghetto (2000)

Carl Thomas - Emotional (2000)

Dave Hollister - Chicago '85... The Movie (2000)

Usher - 8701 (2001)

Yolanda Adams - Believe (2001)

Babyface - Face 2 Face (2001)

Bilal Oliver - 1st Born Second (2001)

Brandy - Osmosis Jones (soundtrack) (2001)

Gerald Levert - Gerald's World (2001)

Jimmy Cozier - Jimmy Cozier (2001)

Nate Dogg - Music & Me (2001)

Ras Kass - Van Gogh (2001)

Ruff Ryders - Ryde or Die Vol. 3: In the "R" We Trust (2001)

Sunshine Anderson - Your Woman (2001)

Brandy - Full Moon (2002)

Mary Mary - Incredible (2002)

Nappy Roots - Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz (2002)

Ras Kass - Goldyn Chyld (2002)

Dave Hollister - Things In The Game Done Changed (2002)

Kelly Price - Priceless (2003)

  • 03. You Make Me Feel
  • 13. I Live Here Now

LSG - LSG2 (2003)

  • 06. Playing With Fire

Blu Cantrell - Bittersweet (2003)

  • 12. No Place Like Home

Calvin Richardson - 2:35 P.M. (2003)

  • 12. Cross My Heart

Nappy Roots - Wooden Leather (2003)

702 - Star (2003)

Carl Thomas - Let's Talk About It (2004)

  • 06. Make It Alright

JoJo - JoJo (2004)

  • 04. The Happy Song

Jon B. - Stronger Everyday (2004)

  • 05. Hands On U

Gerald Levert - Do I Speak For The World (2004)

  • 14. Where Do We Go

Lalah Hathaway- Outrun the Sky (2004)

  • 01. How Many Times
  • 03. Your Favorite Song
  • 05 Better And Better

Brandy - Afrodisiac (Special Edition) (2004)

  • 16. Like It Was Yesterday

Anthony Hamilton - Soulife (2005)

  • 09. Last Night

Yolanda Adams - Day by Day (2005)

  • 11. I'm Grateful

Dwele - Some Kinda... (2005)

  • 09. I Think I Love U

Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable (2005)

  • 07. Extravaganza
  • 09. Get This Money

Shanice - Every Woman Dreams (2006)

  • 08. That's Why I Love You

Urban Mystic - Ghetto Revelations II (2006)

  • 10. When U Hurt

Rihanna - A Girl Like Me (2006)

  • 05. Dem Haters

Donell Jones - Journey of a Gemini (2006)

  • 05. Spend The Night
  • 09. Lust or love

Chris Brown - Non-Album Track (2006)

Defari - Street Music (2006)

Dave Hollister - The Book of David: Vol. 1 - The Transition (2006)

Sunshine Anderson - Sunshine At Midnight (2006)

Carl Thomas - So Much Better (2007)

Keith Murray - Rap-Murr-Phobia (2007)

  • 04. Don't Fuck Wit 'Em

Brandy - Human (2008)

Heavy D. - Vibes (2008)

  • 06. Hugs And Kisses

KeAnthony - A Hustlaz Story (2008)

  • 12. It's Okay

Musiq Soulchild - Non-Album Track (2008)

  • 00. Say It Ain't So[8]

Urban Mystic - GRIII: Old Skool 2 Nu Skool (2009)

  • 12. It Wasn't Me

Mack 10 - Soft White (2009)

Dwele - W.ants W.orld W.omen (2010)

Donell Jones - Lyrics (2010)

Faith Evans - Something About Faith (2010)

Sunshine Anderson - The Sun Shines Again (2010)

El DeBarge - Second Chance (2010)

  • 01. Lay With You (featuring Faith Evans)
  • 03. Close To You
  • 07. Serenading

Avant - The Letter (2010)

  • 06. Nightlife

Ledisi - Pieces of Me (2011)

  • 07. Shut Up

Lalah Hathaway - Where It All Begins (2011)

  • 06. Always Love You
  • 13. My Heart (iTunes bonus track)

Anthony Hamilton - Back to Love (2011)

  • 02. Writing On The Wall

Carl Thomas- Conquer (2011)

  • 05. It's Not The Same
  • 09. Sweet Love

Mark Morrison - I Am What I Am (2011)

  • TBR. B'Day ft. Trina
  • TBR. B'Day (Remix) ft.Warren G

Dwele - Greater Than One (2012)[9]

  • 05. "What Profit"
  • 11. "Special"

Mashonda - Love, Mashonda (2012)

  • 04. Touch Me

Faith Evans featuring Nicci Gilbert & Helene "Mom" Gilbert - R&B Divas (2012)

  • 07. Sometimes

Brandy - Two Eleven (Deluxe Edition) (2012)

  • 15. Music

Angie Stone - Rich Girl (2012)

  • 03. Backup Plan
  • 11. Right In Front Of Me

Maysa - Blue Velvet Soul (2013)

  • 13. This Much

Leela James - Fall For You (2014)

  • 03. Give It

Faith Evans - Incomparable (2014)

  • 02. Extraordinary
  • 14. Paradise

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bouwman, Kimbel (February 3, 2009). "Interview with MICHAEL 'MIKE CITY' FLOWERS, producer for Usher, Rihanna, Brandy, Anthony Hamilton". hitquarters.com. Hit Quarters. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  2. ^ "YouKnowIGotSoul Interview With Producer Mike City". Interview. youknowigotsoul.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Sunshine Anderson". vervemusicgroup.com. Verve Music Group. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Songwriting & Song Pitching Service for Songwriters & Music Publishers". www.songquarters.com. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  5. ^ "NC Central University Alumni Association Newsletter" (PDF). nccubaltimore.org. North Carolina Central University. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 
  6. ^ "Mike City - credits". allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Mike City". discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  8. ^ "Rare Gems: Rell "Say It Aint So" & Musiq Soulchild "Say It Aint So" (Produced by Mike City)". youknowigotsoul.com. You Know I Got Soul. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Dwele- Greater Than One". iTunes. itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 

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