Recording Artist 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. Three songs are featured in Amazon Prime TV Show "30 The Series" Mike is a winner of the 2017 Lennon Award: Hip-Hop Category in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his original song "Mob Music". Mob Music is 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) and Film (Bear City 2) both of which Mike acted in.
The 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.