When you have a conviction you do what you can to cater to that calling. At the all-knowing age of 11, at least for him, Mike Short, Jr. decided to pursue music and began singing in karaoke clubs. As a sophomore, Mike took the stage at his high school’s talent show and a first place finish motivated him to make music even more. He converted from covers to originals as his writing seasmlessly evolved from poetry to songs and along with all his college applications, Mike also mailed out copies of the demo he’d done.
After graduating high school Mike made his way to Nashville, the perfect place to learn and live his dream. He started his band, StateWide – Lyndsay Juerk – Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, Brenndon Harp- Drums, and balanced his time between singing and school. His first CD, “Blame It On Me,” took him on an 18 city tour. His second CD, “Stirrin’ Things Up,” saw more success, with a 25 city tour and two music videos – the title track and also “Drive Bye.”
Mike went from a karaoke singer to a talent show king to winning “Country Boy of the Year” by voting customers of Country Girl/Country Boy Apparel to taking on t.v. He’s been on the CMT reality show “Sweet Home Alabama,” and he was 1 of 13 finalists on American Country Star season 2, beating out more than 1,000 entrees to get a chance at ACS’s Grand Champion World Title. He wants to write songs that “connect to a crowd” and “leave a lasting impact,” and he sings songs that I like from the start.
Mike won’t wait for you to take notice – he makes you look and listen. Some of his songs can clearly be called hits and he doesn’t get stuck, he’s not stale – his music makes my mouth water. It tastes like talent. Mike’s music is the main meal. From Ottsville, PA, he may not be from a stereotypical country state, but he has a voice that verifies his country course. You can see Mike’s next show on Monday December 31st, 2012 at Buck Wilds Road House Saloon in Mechanicsburg, PA.