• First Listen

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  • RIAA Gold Certified!

    Incredible accomplishment for Michael as a producer and songwriter.

  • Michael J. Calhoun Dream My Life Away

    Dream My Life Away

    Feat. Von James and Duncan Crooks

  • Dazz Band with Michael  J. Calhoun

    Rock Your World

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    Dazz Joins Seaspray Ent.

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  • Alfi Scruggs Love Walked Out co-written by Michael J. Calhoun

    Alfi Scruggs | Love Walked Out

    Co-written by Michael J. Calhoun

  • Videos

    from The Legend Michael J. Calhoun

    Kinsman Dazz Band

    Official Promo Video

    There

    Michael J Calhoun ft Von James

    Make it Bounce

    MC Dazz ft Mz Lushuz, Lady Redd Remix

    Sunshine Summer

    Dazz Band

    God's Got My Back

    Michael J. Calhoun

    His Love

    Michael J. Calhoun

    Hands on Me

    Michael J. Calhoun ft Jerome Mitchell

    Kinsman Dazz Band

    Euclid Beach Live

  • Throwback Soul

    Kinsman Dazz- Bell Telephunk Love

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  • THE JOURNEY

    ABOUT MICHAEL

    Michael J. Calhoun has accomplished greatness in music for over 30 years. A founding member of the Grammy award winning “Dazz Band”, the singer / composer and guitarist from Cleveland, Ohio was influenced by many stellar rock guitar players that came out of the late sixties/early seventies such as Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Phil Keaggy (Glass Harp) and Joe Walsh (James Gang, Eagles). This musical influence equipped Mike Calhoun along with Isaac & Michael Wiley and Bobby Harris to be founding fathers of the Grammy Award-Winning Dazz Band. Managers William (Sonny) Jones, Joe Simone and Ray Calabrese were the driving forces and mentors of the band. 

    Originally, Kinsman Dazz signed with Twentieth Century Fox Records where Mike was mentored by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Phillip Bailey (Earth Wind & Fire)(one of Mike's fondest moments was doing his first in-store autograph signing at Kermit Henderson's Record Store on Kinsman Ave in
    Cleveland Ohio) Kermit was another mentor to Mike, teaching him the "business" of music. The Group eventually moved to Motown Records where Mike had the experience of working with Reggie Andrews and other great talents that were part of the Motown stable. While Mike's guitar playing has always stood out, he was also one of the primary songwriters for the Dazz Band. He wrote hits like "Invitation to Love", co-wrote "Knock Knock", "Shake it Up" and "Freaky Loving" and continued to pump out quality material over the next few years. 

    Mike Calhoun left the Dazz Band before their demise to sign with MCA Records but was still being managed by Joe Simone (Dazz Band's manager) until Joe's death. In 1985 Joe Bendo, Tim LaRose and George Cappellini helped Mike sign a deal with lead singer Juan Lively forming the group Voyeur. Michael & Ike Wiley (from the Dazz Band) joined him on the album. When Juan fell ill, the contract ended after one album. Mike Calhoun did return to the Dazz Band for one more album "Joy Stick and then went on to tour with the group Identity which was a reggae band signed with Mango Island Records. Mike toured with Identity for three years. Mike Calhoun returned to Cleveland in 1992 to write and help produce an album for Cozette Morgan (R&B, Pop) that got rave reviews in Europe and Asia.

    In 1997, Mike then toured with The Travis Haddix Blues Band for two years. Mike Calhoun was presented with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Platinum Membership in 1994 at the opening of the facility and played inthe "AllStar" band formed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the "topping off" ceremony. He was awarded for his song writing & playing with the Dazz Band. Mike Calhoun left Cleveland and was showcased in a club in Louisville, Ky. owned by Jerry Green. He was inspired during this time to start a solo project. So in 2002 he returned back to Cleveland where he wrote and produced his first solo CD "In Blue" "In Blue" is an eclectic project with elements of rock, funk, rap, jazz, blues and even a few gospel tunes that give tribute to his spiritual roots. taught to him by his Mother.On her Hospice death bed in front of his immediate family,Mike played softly to her"Let Go & Let God",she rose from a 5 day coma ,opened her eyes,raised her right hand for a few seconds,then passed away the next morning .He promised her that one day soon he would "play for the Lord"as she much desired from the start. He was also featured on Soul-Patrol's historic album that also has appearances by Public Enemy, the Dells and Chico Hamilton. Bob Davis (CEO of Soul-Patrol) calls Mike a funk pioneer. In 2008 Mike Calhoun signed a one CD deal with TMG(Tate Music Group)"The One"was Mike's first inspirational Album,...Mike later did his second Inspirational CD for Kermit Henderson's Ruby-Rose /Fontana imprint to be released in the near future.
     
    In late 2012 ,Mike teamed up with fellow founding member of the Grammy Winning Dazz Band Ed Myers III To assemble a tour de force fresh version of the 'Kinsman Dazz Band"after securing the band's trademark and brand that was just sitting unclaimed for over 20 years,and is now performing
    the classic songs Mike helped write,perform and produce,to sold out shows  anywhere their millions of fans flock to see them.
  • Discography of Michael J. Calhoun

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