Michael Anthony McArthur is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. His musical style encompasses pop, rock, soul, and folk.
Michael Anthony McArthur was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, and is one of 4 children. His father, Robert McArthur, is a retired retail store manager, and his mother, Yvonne Robinson, is a registered nurse. He began singing in elementary school, and, at age 15, his grandfather gave him his first guitar. McArthur began writing songs and making home demo recordings shortly after. In 2004, at age 19, he co-founded a company with his brother, Chris McArthur, and in 2006, the company opened Black and Brew Coffee House and Bistro in Lakeland’s downtown. In late 2008, McArthur decided to sell his ownership in the family business and pursue a career in music. He began performing around central Florida, with his debut public performance at the restaurant he co-founded.
In August 2012, McArthur independently released his first album, The Year of You and Me, a 5-track EP he recorded at The Vanguard Room in Lakeland, Florida.
In April 2013, McArthur was named the Florida GRAMMY Showcase Award Winner by The Recording Academy’s Florida chapter.
In October 2013, McArthur independently released his second album, The Home Recordings, a 5-track EP composed of acoustic versions of the songs from his first EP. McArthur recorded, produced, engineered, and mixed the album at his home studio in Lakeland, Florida.
In March 2014, McArthur participated in Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter III contest and was a top 10 finalist.
In April 2015, McArthur independently released his third album, Magnolia, a 6-track EP. The album was produced by McArthur, along with Conrad Johnson and David Bianco, a 1996 winner of the "Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical." Magnolia received numerous positive reviews. The album was officially released at an album release party at "Polk Theatre" on April 10, 2015.
In March 2016, McArthur released a single recording, "Goodbye Lover," which was recorded and produced by Greg Wells at Rocket Carousel studio in Los Angeles, CA. “Goodbye Lover” received a positive review from Huffington Post critic Morena Duwe.
In June 2016, McArthur released his single, "Love Wins," which was recorded and produced by Jon Santana in Nashville, TN.
In January 2017, McArthur released his single, "Fantasy Woman," which was also recorded and produced by Greg Wells.
McArthur spent much of 2016 traveling the country playing intimate solo acoustic shows in fans’ homes. In September, 2016, he performed with his full band, and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland.
Tribute to Orlando
Five days after the 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, McArthur released a music video as a tribute to the victims of the attack. The video was based upon McArthur's song, "Love Wins," which had previously been unreleased. The video was primarily filmed at a victim support rally in downtown Orlando, but also includes still images and videos from around the world of people coming together in support of Orlando. McArthur originally wrote the song after the United States Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in the United States.
McArthur lives in Lakeland, Florida with his wife Jennifer Smurr, who owns and operates Born & Bread Bakehouse.
- The Year of You and Me (2012)
- The Home Recordings (2013)
- Magnolia (2015)
- Goodbye Lover - Single (2016)
- Love Wins - Single (2016)
- Fantasy Woman - Single (2017)
- "For Elaine" (2017)