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Mike Viola

Mike Viola

American singer-songwriter
Mike Viola
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American singer-songwriter
Is Songwriter Musician Singer
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 26 September 1966, Stoughton
Age 54 years
The details


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. 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.

Soundtrack work

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
2016 Panic! at the Disco "Victorious" Death of a Bachelor Songwriter
The Monkees Good Times! Musician
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones All songs Little Windows Producer, musician
2015 New Politics "Pretend We're in a Movie" Vikings Songwriter
Mike Viola Stairway to Paradise Songwriter, musician
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
Ryan Adams "Magic Flag" Vampires 7" Songwriter, musician
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
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
Jenny Lewis The Voyager Producer, musician
Brett Dennen "Out of My Head" Smoke and Mirrors Songwriter
2013 New Politics "Harlem" A Bad Girl in Harlem Songwriter
Fall Out Boy Pax Am Days Producer
Lori McKenna "Love Can Put it Back Together" Songwriter
2012 Rachael Yamagata "Heavyweight" Heavyweight EP Songwriter, musician
The Corner Laughers "Bells of El Camino" Poppy Seeds Musician
2011 Will Dailey and the Rivals "Best Friend" Will Dailey and the Rivals Songwriter
Rachael Yamagata "You Won't Let Me," "Dealbreaker," "I Don't Want to Be Your Mother" "Chesapeake" Songwriter, musician
"I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" Muppets: The Green Album Producer, musician
Gin Wigmore "Dirty Love" Gravel and Wine Songwriter
Mike Viola All songs Electro De Perfecto" Songwriter, musician, producer
2010 Jeremy Fisher "All We Want is Love" Flood Songwriter, musician, producer
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
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
John Wesley Harding "Love Or Nothing," "Sick Organism," "Congratulations (On Your Hallucinations)" Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead Songwriter, musician
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 Littel 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
Mike Viola All songs Lurch Songwriter, musician, producer
2005 Mike Viola All songs Just Before Dark Songwriter, musician, producer
2004 The Figgs Palais Musician
2003 Candy Butchers All songs Hang On Mike Songwriter, musician producer
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
2002 The Figgs Slow Charm Musician
2001 Candy Butchers All songs Play With Your Head Songwriter, musician, producer
1999 Candy Butchers All songs Falling Into Place Songwriter, musician, producer
1998 Rasputina "The Olde HeadBoard" How We Quit The Forest Musician
1996 Mono Puff Unsupervised Musician
The Wonders "That Thing You Do" That Thing You Do soundtrack Producer, musician
Candy Butchers "Bells On a Leper," "California Girl," "Cupid Complained To Venus," "Till You Die, "Canned Hunt" "Live at La Bonboniere Songwriter, producer, musician

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