Mike Lombardo

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Mike Lombardo
Birth name Michael Lombardo
Also known as MikeLombardoMusic
Born (1988-03-30) March 30, 1988 (age 28)
Origin Rome, New York,[1] United States
Genres Piano-Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Piano, Guitar, Violin, Drums
Years active 1990–2012
Labels Unsigned
Associated acts Molly Lewis
Mike Lombardo Trio
Website mikelombardomusic.com

Michael "Mike" Lombardo (born March 30, 1988) is an American piano rock musician from Upstate New York. He was known for writing nerdy piano-driven rock songs and posting them on YouTube under the username "MikeLombardoMusic", until his 2013 conviction on child pornography charges. He was previously signed to DFTBA Records through which he released one LP, Songs for a New Day, and one EP, The Alchemist. Lombardo posted music videos, song tutorials, and personal updates on his YouTube channel which had over 20,000 subscribers before its closure.

Lombardo is currently serving a five-year sentence at FCI Fort Dix after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.[2]

Musical background[edit]

Lombardo frequently states that he has been making music since he was two years old, and has wanted nothing else except to make music and be a rock star for the rest of his life. He graduated a year early from Berklee College of Music in 2009,[3] earning a degree in songwriting. He first started uploading original songs on YouTube as a way to post his homework for class assignments.

Legal problems[edit]

On February 16, 2012, it was announced by The Smoking Gun that the musician "is the target of a federal child pornography investigation focusing on his alleged exchange of naked photos with underage female fans." Two days after the release of the article, Hank Green, one of the co-owners of DFTBA Records, put up a statement on his Tumblr blog stating that the company had removed Lombardo's music from their website because they "didn’t feel it appropriate to continue our business relationship given the situation."[4] On July 20, 2012, a complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York alleging four counts of child pornography related crimes.[5][6] He was arrested on July 25, 2012 but released from custody after five days.[7]

On September 18, 2013, The Smoking Gun published another article announcing that Lombardo had pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. According to the plea bargain, Lombardo solicited pornographic images from six different minors.[8]

On February 28, 2014, Lombardo was sentenced to five years in federal prison for persuading underage fans to exchange sexually explicit images.[9]

Awards, achievements, and appearances[edit]

  • Lombardo won 1st place in the jazz category of the 2008 Upstate NY Songwriting competition.[10]
  • In March 2010, Lombardo earned the title of Master of Song Fu after winning Quick Stop Entertainment's Masters of Song Fu[11] songwriting competition with his song "This Song Is Meta (And So Is This Title)".
  • Lombardo wrote a parody of Coldplay's Viva La Vida in homage to Stephen Fry called "Viva La Fry," and it garnered Fry's attention.[12]
  • Lombardo, along with his band, The Mike Lombardo Trio, opened for pop musician Ryan Cabrera on his US tour in Hamden, Connecticut on December 6, 2010.
  • Lombardo's video "Mike Lombardo Smackdown," about Internet file sharing and piracy was awarded Video of the Year 2010 by the website MusicTechPolicy.com.[13]
  • Lombardo has collaborated with many artists, including Meghan Tonjes, on Sara Bareilles' song "King of Anything," which Bareilles watched and commented about.[14]
  • Another video of his, titled "Songwriting on the Floor: Rhyme (And Why Eminem Is Awesome)," was featured on CBSnews.com in May 2011.[15]
  • His cover of They Might Be Giants' song "My Man" was included on the "Mink Car Cover" project organized to raise money for the New York Fire Department, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the release of They Might Be Giants' album Mink Car. This album featured work done by other artists such as Hank Green, Molly Lewis, MC Frontalot, and more.
  • During the late summer of 2011, Lombardo toured with nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot as his keyboardist under the stage-name "56K." This tour saw Lombardo play live in front of the sold out crowd at Penny Arcade Expo, in Seattle, Washington, sharing the main stage with other artists, such as Paul and Storm and Jonathan Coulton.
  • In the fall of 2011, Lombardo opened a handful of shows for comedy duo, Paul and Storm.
  • In October 2011, Lombardo traveled with MC Frontalot as the band's Front of House sound engineer[16]


  • The Fordham Sessions (2010)
  • Songs for a New Day (2010)
  • The Alchemist (2011)
  • Alive in Philly (2011) – Live album recorded at Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ Mike Lombardo (@mikelombardo) op Twitter. Twitter.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-18.
  2. ^ "Internet Star" Receives Stiff Prison Sentence. The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 2014-03-18.]
  3. ^ Ostroff, Craig (2011-03-08). "Lombardo delivers eclectic character-driven songs". Montgomery Media. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ "A Note from John and Hank". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "YouTube's Mike Lombardo arrested for child pornography by FBI". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  6. ^ http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/teg/tsg/release/sites/default/files/imagecache/750x970/documents/1michaellombardo.jpg
  7. ^ "YouTube "Star" Busted In Child Porn Investigation". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "YouTube "Star" Admits Receipt Of Child Porn". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ ""Internet Star" Receives Stiff Prison Sentence". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  10. ^ The Upstate NY Songwriting Contest's Profile. Broadjam.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-18.
  11. ^ Masters Of Song Fu #6: Final Round Voting Begins » FRED Entertainment. Asitecalledfred.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-18.
  12. ^ You Are Cordially Invited to... Join VIVA LA FRY. Nutsontheroad.net. Retrieved on 2012-02-18.
  13. ^ Best video of 2010: Mike Lombardo lays it down « MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY. Musictechpolicy.wordpress.com (2010-12-17). Retrieved on 2012-02-18.
  14. ^ "Welcome to Twitter - Login or Sign up". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Songwriting, rhyme and why Eminem is awesome – The Feed Blog. CBS News. Retrieved on 2012-02-18.
  16. ^ Frontalot Fall Tour 2011: Days 1–3, Austin, TX. Ken Flagg (2011-10-22). Retrieved on 2012-02-18.

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