I'm so proud to have known Michael personally.

Of course he was a brilliant performer and someone whose work I tried to emulate in my work as well.

But getting to know him was a true gift to my life...not just as a musician and singer but as a person with a resounding sense of humor.

Michael was a true gentle giant who will always inspire any artist...

God bless and I hope the endurance of his work is as effectual as the music and personality.

J Fred