Performing Artist, Recording Artist, Multi-Instrumentalist and Songwriter - MikeMRF released his new album Mob Music 2 on October 18, 2019. The album hit #39 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and was featured on Apple Music. Album opener, "Tip Jar" landed in the Semi-Finals of the 2020 International Songwriting Competition and was featured in the Amazon Prime Show "30 The Series" along with two other songs. Mike is also Lennon Award winner in the 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his original song "Mob Music", the title-track off of his iTunes Chart-Topping sophomore album.
In 2014, Mike won 2 OUTmusic Awards (with 5 nominations, the most that year) including the highly coveted Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year for his song "Be Strong (LGBT Youth)". "Be Strong" was selected as Boston Pride's Flag-Raising Anthem. Jazz ballad "This Love" placed Top 10 in the U.S. Songwriting Competition. The Mob Music album also placed on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and has had several songs appear in TV (Off Season, Amazon) and Film (Bear City 2 and 3) both of which Mike acted in. The Mob Music album was followed by his 2016 EP, Yasko Sensei, dedicated to his mentor and music-hero Yasko Kubota. It placed at #11 on the iTunes Jazz Albums Charts and #2 on Billboard's Most Added Chart for radio-single "Makes Me Wonder".
Mike holds a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Saxophone & Music Education from Berklee College of Music, as well as a Master's of Music in Music Theory & Composition from New York University where he currently teaches Songwriting and Composition as an Adjunct Professor. Mike has performed with Ada Vox, Matt Alber, Esera Tuaolo, Ruth Pointer (Pointer Sisters), Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spaulding, Varla Jean Merman and many more. He holds a weekly performance residency in NYC at ReBar Chelsea on Sundays from 4-7PM and performs and music-directs various shows in Provincetown, MA.