BIOGRAPHY

Michael Grande is an accomplished audio engineer, music producer and one of the most versatile keyboard players in Hawaii.

A 1992 graduate of Musician's Institute, Michael has worked with many diverse artists from Jake Shimabukuro, Charo, Michael Paulo and Lea Salonga to John Cruz, Keali'i Reichel, Keauhou and Fiji.

Michael was a late bloomer as far as music goes. His father had an extensive vinyl collection and was exposed to a variety of musical genres while growing up. For him there was a magic in putting the needle on a record and hearing the sound come out.

It wasn't until his early teens that he took an interest in learning to play the piano, triggered by being in the school band. At the age of 17, a chance meeting with Bully Soares gave Michael the opportunity to learn the behind the scenes makings of albums. Bully and Tim Nelson served as mentors and partners and they produced the highly successful Bruddah Walta & Island Afternoon's "Hawaiian Reggae".

Looking to broaden his musical experience, Michael moved to LA in 1992 to attend Musician's Institute. The experience enhanced his approach to music and music production.

Returning to Hawaii, Michael contributed to "classic" albums such as Fiji's "Born and Raised, John Cruz's "Acoustic Soul" and Hawaiian Style Band's "Rhythm of the Ocean". Credits included production, playing, songwriting and engineering.

Through Michael Paulo's Smooth Jazz events in Hawaii, Michael Grande was able to perform alongside great artists such as Brian Culbertson, Michael Lington, Ray Parker Jr., Jeffrey Osborne and many others.

Currently, Michael's main focus and passion is recording and always striving to create "timeless" music.