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Mikey Wax
Mikey Wax Live In Toronto 06/18/2014
Mikey Wax Live In Toronto 06/18/2014
Background information
Birth nameMichael Ross Wax
OriginSyosset, New York, United States
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • Toucan Cove (2014–2016)
  • Independent (2016–present)
WebsiteOfficial website

Mikey Wax, (also known as Middle Child) is an American pianist, guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is best known for his singles “Counting on You” and "You Lift Me Up".[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mikey Wax grew up on Long Island, New York, and started playing piano at the age of 8.[3][4] Upon graduating from high school, Wax attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.[5][4]


His debut single "In Case I Go Again" was released in 2008, along with his album Change Again, which featured the single.[6] The single was featured on television programs such as Pretty Little Liars,[7] Ghost Whisperer,[7] The Real World[7], and NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[7][8]

In 2011, Wax released his second independent album, Constant Motion.[9] The album was ranked at #47 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart[10] and #6 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart in the US.[11] The album’s single "Counting on You" was used as the elimination montage song for season nine of the US version of So You Think You Can Dance.[12][13][1]

In 2012, Wax was recognized by New Music Seminar as an "Artist on the Verge."[14][15] In the same year, he was also featured by iHeartRadio as an "Artist To Watch".[15]

In 2012, Wax also released the Christmas song "And A Happy New Year."[16] The song was featured on the television series Switched at Birth.[17][18][19]

In 2014, Wax's single "You Lift Me Up" debuted on the iTunes US Top 200 Pop Chart.[1] and was also featured on iTunes’ "Ahead of the Curve" list.[20] The New York-based EDM duo Live City also produced a dance remix of the song, which premiered on BPM station.[21] "You Lift Me Up" has been used on episodes of MTV's The Real World[22] and The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II.[1] "You Lift Me Up" was also used in a commercial for Keeping Up With The Kardashians on E! Entertainment,[23][22] and in FOX Sports’ coverage of NBA games.[24][1] "You Lift Me Up" was co-written by Wax and his brother Jonathan Wax.[25]

In September 2014, Wax was chosen as a featured artist by the karaoke and music app Smule.[26][27] In October, he was named Artist of the Month by American Airlines.[20] Wax's song "Drive On" was written and recorded for the film The Road Within.[28][29]

Wax premiered his new single "Love Always Wins (#LoveWins)", inspired by marriage equality.[30] In the same month, it was announced that the song would be featured in promos for E! Entertainment's docuseries about Caitlyn Jenner, titled I Am Cait.[31][32][33] On September 11, 2015, Wax was the featured artist performing on the AOL’s Build Series. Wax's song "Walking On Air" was featured on MTV's Finding Carter in November 2015.[34] In 2015, Wax's songs “Perfect Holiday” and “Catch the Midnight Flight” were featured in the film A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale.[35]

"You Lift Me Up" was played in the background during TBS's coverage of NCAA March Madness for the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.[36] In 2016, Wax also released his new single "Helium."[37][38] The song was featured in a Hollister Co. online commercial.[39]

In June, 2017, Wax released the single "Never Letting You Go.”[40] In October, 2017, Wax released the single “Spaceman,” which was produced by Stash Konig.[41] The song was featured in a Nike, Inc Swim ad.[42][43]

On June 15, 2018, Wax released the single 'Big Little Life'.[44] In an interview with All Access, Wax revealed that the song would be featured on the season finale of the television series Born This Way.[45] On June 21, 2019, Wax released his single "Do You Believe Me."[46] The song was featured in season 8 of Teen Mom.[47] In August, 2019 pop singer Midlo released the single "Emotional," which was co-written by Wax.[48]

Wax's song "My Heart Knows Where To Go" was featured in the show Heartland in September 2019, and in one of the show's promos.[49] On February, 2021, Wax's single "Helium" was featured in a commercial for hospitality sales for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.[50]

On May 13, 2021, Wax released the single 'Burn Out' under the new stage-name Middle Child, alongside producer Jacob Lee.[51][52][53]

Wax has performed on tour with artists such as Andy Grammer, Howie Day,[18]Tyler Ward,[54] Rachel Platten,[55]Matt Wertz,[20]Parachute, Ryan Cabrera,[56] Tyler Hilton,[56] Teddy Geiger, Jon McLaughlin, and Tony Lucca,[5] among others. Wax has been known to play the piano and guitar simultaneously.



Title Year Label
Change Again 2008 Mikey Wax / WaxSongs, Inc
The Traveler (EP) 2010 Mikey Wax / WaxSongs, Inc
For Better or Worse (EP) 2010 Mikey Wax / WaxSongs, Inc
Constant Motion 2011 Mikey Wax / WaxSongs, Inc
And a Happy New Year (EP) 2012 Mikey Wax / WaxSongs, Inc
Mikey Wax 2014 Toucan Cove/Universal


Title Year Comments
In Case I Go Again 2008 Debut single[6]
Counting on You 2012 International Songwriting Competition finalist[57][2]
You Lift Me Up 2014 [1]
Only One 2015
Love Always Wins (#LoveWins) 2015 [30]
Bottle of Jack 2016 [58]
Helium 2016 [38]
Never Letting You Go 2017
Spaceman 2017 Produced by Stash Konig[41]
Big Little Life 2018 [44]
Do You Believe Me 2019
My Heart Knows Where To Go 2019
Stay Together (feat. Renata Baiocco) 2020 [59]
Burn Out 2021 First single as Middle Child[52]


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