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Michael Thompson, Guitar

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Shania Twain
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Babyface
Joe Cocker
Cher
The Chipmunks
Jack Wagner
Tiffany
Carman
Johnny Mathis
Barbra Streisand
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Peabo Bryson
Reba McEntire
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Michael Bolton
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Barry Manilow
Wilson Phillips
Ringo Starr
Peter Cetera
James Ingram
Earth, Wind & Fire
Air Supply
Engelbert Humperdinck
Neil Diamond
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Anita Baker
Randy Newman
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
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Ricky Marti
Sheena Easton
Madonna
Manhattan Transfer
Dusty Springfield
Johnny Mathis
Babyface
The Corrs
Lionel Richie
Toni Braxton
Mariah Carey
Deborah Gibson
En Vogue
Boyz II Men
Patti LaBelle
Richard Marx
The Bee Gees
Aaron Neville
Kenny Loggins
Bette Midler
Sarah Brightman
Luther Vandross
Whitney Houston
Christina Aguilera
Jaci Velasquez
Jennifer Lopez
Luciano Pavarotti
Jessica Simpson
Natalie Cole
*NSYNC
Linda Eder
LeAnn Rimes
Ruben Studdard
Ray Charles

Featured Artist:

Michael Thompson, Guitar

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After studying at Berklee and touring with a popular local R&B band called The Ellis Hall Group, guitarist Michael Tomposon got a gig touring with Joe Cocker followed by a year-long world tour with Cher. After that, Michael did a band with Andy Fraser (formerly of The Free) and they recorded the album Fine Fine Line for Island Records.

By then, Michael had been honing his craft playing on many songwriters publishing demos and doing any sessions that were offered. Among those gigs, Michael played for four years on the popular T.V. show Fame and on Miami Vice for its last season.

In 1988, after working to try and get a record deal with his band Slang for several years, he finally got a record deal with Geffen Records and recorded one album entitled How Long under the name Michael Thompson Band (MTB). The singer for this group was Moon Calhoun, who has been a long time friend of Michaels. Also in 1988, Michael got to do an album with the band Animal Logic with Stewart Copeland, Stanley Clarke, and Debbie Holland. This was an important gig for M.T. because it led to working on many movie scores with both Stewart and Stanley as composers. While with Animal Logic, Michael got to tour Europe while having the thrill of playing live on stage with two of his musical heroes. He had always been a fan of Stanley Clarke & The Police were always one of his favorite bands.

In 1989, Michael got his first opportunity to work with all-star producer, David Foster. This led to Michael playing on many of DavidÕs hit productions over the next fifteen years.

In the mid-90's, Michael also started working with producer/R&B singer, Babyface, and got a chance to play on many big hits with him as well. These hits include "Change the World" by Eric Clapton, "Every Time I Close My Eyes", and the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. Michael was also part of Babyface's live band for his Live In NYC DVD.

In 1995 Michael got a chance to work with Quincy Jones on his "Qs Juke Joint" album, in which Quincy made Michael a "special" guest artist. In 1996, Michael released his first solo album, The World According to M.T.

In 2001, Michael received a call from producer Mutt Lange to work on his wife, Shania Twain's, new album "Up!". Michael had long admired Mutt as one of his favorite producers and it was a huge thrill to be asked to contribute to that project.

Also in 2001, Michael received the "Distinguished Alumni" award from The Berklee College of Music commemorating his contributions to the music industry. That year, Berklee Today, the schools magazine, featured a cover story on Michael entitled Platinum Touch.

Michael has been working on his album MT Speaks for four years and in October 2005 will release the long-awaited follow-up to The World According to M.T. The all-instrumental album features artists such as Stanley Clarke, Vinny Coliauta, Nathan East, and newcomers Nathanial Morton (drums) and Sean Halley (bass).

Besides his wife, Gloria, MichaelÕs family includes daughter, Sahara and sons Zach, Jason and Gordon. They have lived in Culver City for 17 years.

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