Mike Viola

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Mike Viola
Birth nameMichael A. Viola
OriginStoughton, Massachusetts, United States
GenresRock, alternative rock, singer-songwriter, pop, folk
Occupation(s)Songwriter, producer, musician, singer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, bass
Years active1985–present
Associated actsThe Shining, Ryan Adams

Michael "Mike" Viola is a Grammy-nominated producer, musician, songwriter and singer best known for his work with Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Andrew McMahon, New Politics, and Fall Out Boy.[1][2][3] His original music has been featured on soundtracks for movies such as Get Him to the Greek, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and That Thing You Do!.

Viola got his start in the mid-90s as the musical architect for New York-based band Candy Butchers, releasing three critically acclaimed albums with RPM/Sony Records before focusing on music production.[4]

Viola is currently VP of A&R for Verve Records, part of Universal Music Group[5]

Soundtrack work[edit]

Viola, along with friend Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, co-produced the title track for Tom Hanks's 1996 movie That Thing You Do! The selection received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Viola sang lead on the track, and as the accepted singing voice of Johnathon Schaech's character, Jimmy, also sang on other tracks in the film, such as "Little Wild One" and "All My Only Dreams."

For the 2007 Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Viola wrote or co-wrote "A Life Without You (Is No Life At All)," "Darling," "(I Hate You) Big Daddy," "Dear Mr. President," "Beautiful Ride," "Sir Ringe The Marshmallow Elephant," and "Let Me Hold You Little Man." Viola served as musical director on a promotional tour for the film in December 2007, with John C. Reilly acting out his fictional character of Dewey Cox.

Viola also contributed songwriting for Russell Brand's character Aldous Snow in the movie Get Him to the Greek, including "African Child," "The Clap," "I Am Jesus," "Searching For a Father in America," "Little Bird," "Furry Walls."


Year Artist Song Album Role
2018 Mike Viola All songs The American Egypt Songwriter, musician, producer, engineer
2015 Mike Viola All songs Stairway to Paradise (EP) Songwriter, musician
2013 Mike Viola All songs Ghoul Songwriter, musician, producer[6]
2012 Mike Viola All Songs Acousto De Perfecto Songwriter, musician, producer[6]
2011 Mike Viola All songs 2011 Primer (Collection) Songwriter, musician, producer[6]
2011 Mike Viola All songs Electro De Perfecto" Songwriter, musician, producer[7]
2010 Mike Viola & Kelly Jones All songs Melon Songwriter, musician, producer[7]
2007 Mike Viola All songs Lurch Songwriter, musician, producer[7]
2006 Candy Butchers All songs Making up time (Candy Butchers 1994 - 1996) Songwriter, musician, producer[7]
2005 Mike Viola All songs Just Before Dark Songwriter, musician, producer[7]
2004 Candy Butchers All songs Hang On Mike Songwriter, musician producer[8]
2002 Candy Butchers All songs Play With Your Head Songwriter, musician, producer[8]
2001 Mike Viola All songs Temple of Static Songwriter, musician, producer[8]
1999 Candy Butchers All songs Falling Into Place Songwriter, musician, producer[8]
1999 Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers All songs Let's Get Christmas (EP) Songwriter, musician, producer[8]
1999 Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers All songs Let's Get Serious (EP) Songwriter, musician, producer[8]
1996 Candy Butchers All Songs Live at La Bonboniere (EP) Songwriter, producer, musician[8]
1990 Mike Viola All songs Kenmore Square Songwriter, producer, musician[8]
1989 Mike Viola & Snap All songs Bang-A-Lang (EP) Songwriter, producer, musician[8]
1987 Mike Viola & Snap All songs Don't Break My Fall (EP) Songwriter, producer, musician[8]
1985 Mike Viola All songs Not the Only One (EP) Songwriter, producer, musician[8]

As Songwriter, Musician or Producer[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Role
2018 Vulfpeck "For Survival" Hill Climber Vocals; composition[9]
2017 Ryan Adams "Prisoner", "Do You Still Love Me" Prisoner Songwriter; musician[10]
WATERS "Molly is a Babe," "Something More," "Modern Dilemma" Something More! Songwriter, musician, producer
2016 Panic! at the Disco "Victorious" Death of a Bachelor Songwriter[7]
LOLO "No Time For Lonely" In Loving Memory of When I Gave a Shit" Songwriter[7]
MAX "Hell's Kitchen Angel," "Mug Shot" ft. Sirah Hell's Kitchen Angel Songwriter
The Monkees Good Times! Musician[7]
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones All songs Little Windows Producer, musician[7]
2015 Butch Walker All songs Afraid of Ghosts Musician[7]
New Politics "Pretend We're in a Movie" Vikings Songwriter[7]
Andrew McMahon "High Dive," "Black & White Movies," "Driving Through A Dream," "Halls" "Rainy Girl," "Maps For The Getaway," "Lottery Ticket," "Art School Girlfriend," "Cecilia and the Satellite" Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Songwriter, producer, engineer[8]
Ryan Adams "Magic Flag" Vampires 7" Songwriter, musician[8]
2014 Ryan Adams "Gimme Something Good", "Kim," "Trouble," "Am I Safe," "My Wrecking Ball," "Stay with Me," "Shadows," "Feels Like Fire," "I Just Might," "Tired of Giving Up," "Let Go" Ryan Adams Producer, musician[8]
Matt Nathanson "Earthquake Weather," "Mission Bells," "Kinks Shirt," "Sky High Honey," "Kill The Lights," "Heart Starts" The Last of the Great Pretenders Songwriter, producer, musician, engineer[7]
Jenny Lewis The Voyager Producer, musician[7]
Brett Dennen "Out of My Head" Smoke and Mirrors Songwriter[8]
2013 New Politics "Harlem" A Bad Girl in Harlem Songwriter[7]
Fall Out Boy Pax Am Days Producer[8]
Lori McKenna "Love Can Put it Back Together" Songwriter[7]
2012 Karise Eden "You Won't Let Me" My Journey Songwriter[11]
Rachael Yamagata "Heavyweight" Heavyweight (EP) Songwriter, musician[7]
Noam Weinstein Clocked Producer, musician[12]
2011 Will Dailey and the Rivals "Best Friend" Will Dailey and the Rivals Songwriter[7]
Rachael Yamagata "You Won't Let Me," "Dealbreaker," "I Don't Want to Be Your Mother" Chesapeake Songwriter, musician[7]
"I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" Muppets: The Green Album Producer, musician[8]
Gin Wigmore "Dirty Love" Gravel and Wine Songwriter[8]
2010 Jeremy Fisher "All We Want is Love" Flood Songwriter, musician, producer[7]
Infant Sorrow (From Get Him to the Greek) "Furry Walls", "The Clap", "I Am Jesus", "African Child (Trapped In Me)", "Little Bird", "Searching For a Father" Get Him to the Greek: Soundtrack Songwriter, musician[8]
2009 Mandy Moore "Merrimack River," "Fern Dell," "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day Of The Week," "Pocket Philosopher," "Song About Home," "Love To Love Me Back," "Indian Summer," "Nothing Everything," "Bug" Amanda Leigh Songwriter, producer, musician[8]
John Wesley Harding "Love Or Nothing," "Sick Organism," "Congratulations (On Your Hallucinations)" Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead Songwriter, musician[8]
2008 Tim Christensen "Superior" Superior Songwriter[8]
2007 Dewey Cox (Soundtrack to Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) "A Life Without You (Is No Life at All)", "Beautiful Ride", "Dear Mr. President", "Mulatto Song", "Let Me Hold You Little Man", "I Hate You (Big Daddy)", "Darling", "Hole In My Pants", "Who Wants To Party", "Weeping On The Inside" Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Songwriter[8]
2004 The Figgs Palais Musician[7]
2003 Rasputina "Bad Moon Rising", "Wish You Were Here", "Tourniquette", "Fire and Ice", "This Little Piggy", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Rock N Roll" The Lost and Found Musician, producer[8]
2002 The Figgs Slow Charm Musician[7]
1998 Rasputina "The Olde HeadBoard" How We Quit The Forest Musician[7]
1996 Mono Puff Unsupervised Musician[7]
The Wonders "That Thing You Do" That Thing You Do soundtrack Producer, musician[7]


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  2. ^ Gordon, Jeremy; Pelly, Jenn. "Jenny Lewis Works With Beck, Ryan Adams on New Album The Voyager, Reveals Release Details". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  3. ^ Helman, Peter. "Mike Viola - "Stairway To Paradise" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
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  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/overheard/7446634/sunflower-bean-readying-new-album-songs-verve-records-mike-viola-incubus-wicked-game
  6. ^ a b c https://www.lojinx.com/releases/mike-viola/acousto-de-perfecto
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Mike Viola discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  9. ^ "Hill Climber - Vulfpeck". Bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  10. ^ "Prisoner - Ryan Adams". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  11. ^ "You Won't Let Me Lyrics". Metro Lyrics. Retrieved 2017-040-17. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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