Meet the Guest Artist: Michael McArthur
On September 10, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra will debut brand new orchestral charts for Michael McArthur’s original work. Michael is a local artist who is garnering incredible national attention, all while choosing to build his career in the place that he loves – Lakeland. The ISO is honored to welcome him to the stage at The Polk Theatre for a night of beautiful music!
Michael McArthur is a soulful singer/songwriter from Lakeland, Florida. Born into a musical family, it was this rich musical culture that helped mold Michael into the musician he is today. “I can remember being a kid and like a stone completely mesmerized by my Uncle John’s folky fingerpicking, it was magic.” Michael says, “and I remember visiting my dad on the weekends, running to his closet where he kept the guitar, pulling it out, and asking him to play.”
Born with music in his blood, Michael McArthur writes with raw, gut-wrenching emotion, delivering a new take on blues, soul, pop, folk, funk, and even hip-hop. Michael’s soulful voice cuts through his emotionally-inspired melodies that aims to grab the audience by the heart.
“A beautiful channel of human emotion, eloquent words rich with depth and meaning, Michael’s music is both simple and complex. He displays the wide spectrum of thought and perspective, creating evocative soundscapes that are poignant and profound. His penetrating voice allows the mind to really hear the music as opposed to just listening to it.”
– The Huffington Post