> As a young boy MICHAEL McMILLAN learned to play the Highland Bagpipes and the drums. He ran away from home as a young teenager and ended up in London. There he played drums with various famous and infamous musicians and bands of that era. He also got involved in and did a lot of things he shouldnt have and is not proud of, but that was a long, long time ago!
Michael has always had an interest in martial arts including boxing, and has trained in many different styles. This training stood him in good stead when he was a Police Officer in both The Highlands of Scotland and in Edinburgh City.
During his lifetime Michael has had firsthand experience of the impact that drugs, alcohol, violence, poverty and homelessness can have on people, families, communities and society. Working as an addictions counsellor (which he still does part time) in both the community and in prisons, he has a deep understanding of the underlying issues that lead people into addiction and this is something that he is very passionate about.
Michael became a Christian in 2004 and is a strong believer in Jesus Christ.
Musically, Michael comes from a very diverse background of musical styles originating with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, who were big influences on his early musical journey. Some of the biggest rock bands of the 70s and 80s also helped mould his drumming style.
However, his biggest influences came from the great story telling songwriters and bands from the USA. I dont feel comfortable writing songs about stuff and life issues that I dont have experience of, either first hand or through someone I know, or knew personally. If you listen to Michaels music you will hear the influences of people and bands like The Eagles, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, America, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen. His music tells stories from The Heart of the Streets and The Streets of the Heart””
Michael has 5 solo albums released to date, Cold and Roofless, Faith to Faith, Meet Me at The Cross, Cross Country and his latest album MIssing Person. All are available through the usual platforms like Spotify, ITunes, Amazon etc, and at Michaels concerts.
He also has a book published In His Eyes and was blessed to play in Greenwich Village, New York in 2016 to launch the book. That was an incredibly momentous occasion and I kept pinching myself and saying, youre playing in Greenwich Village!
Comedy plays a huge part in Michaels make up and in his shows and he has been a natural comedian since he was very young. He loves to mix comedy and humour with the strong and powerful messages he relates through his beautifully crafted songs.
In 2019, Michael released his fifth album of original songs, ‘Missing Person’. In the sleeve notes, Michael tells how over the years he has spoken with so many people who have either run away or are running away from something or someone. He says, ‘Sadly, there are too many people in this world of ours who are forgotten but not gone””
‘People who just can’t cope with life. Young people (and getting younger every year), old people, people with and without families, people dealing with deep depression and/or mental illness, veterans who are struggling with PTSD and the horrors of war and trying to readjust to normal life back home. Men and women from the emergency services who deal with the horrorsof life on a daily basis. Homelesspeople and people of all ages and from all walks of life dealing with all forms of addiction. People who just can’t cope with life’
The stories within the songs on the album are all true, and based on th elives of people Michael has met or known, including his own life and the Michael McMillan he used to know.
Michael is supported by the team at Country Music Social Media and his song “”You’re My Son”” is included on their nine-track compilation album.