Michael Fitz

Never Look Back

by Michael Fitz

Released 2006
MAGJOY Records
Released 2006
MAGJOY Records
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MICHAEL FITZ BIOGRAPHY

Plunging into the black depths of the ocean… pushing through colossal mounds of sand... there is oil. That oil needs to be unearthed and drilled for sale and consumption. In the early years, Michael Fitz found himself on an offshore platform drilling for oil. He was desperate and needed money. Michael says, “I had a bad habit, I wanted to eat… that’s why I started working offshore.”

Within the loneliness and desolation, Michael started writing songs. And through the exhaustion, the fires and the heat… he compiled essays that revealed thoughtful melodic stories. Michael Fitz’s debut CD, Never Look Back, features stunning musical accounts on life and living in the moment.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised on his grandfather’s tobacco farm, Michael started playing guitar at age 11. He wrote poetry at age 8. His Dad didn’t approve and tried to persuade his son to play golf.

Fitz put himself through college. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with a degree in Business and a minor in Music Theory and Composition.

Michael says, “I was writing songs while offshore in the Gulf of Mexico drilling for oil. I was trained as a chemical engineer and sent to California. I was a nerd but when it came to putting out explosive fires at the oil site I did my job well.”

Michael Fitz’s debut CD, Never Look Back was born out of grit, hard work and despair. It showcases Michael’s talent for songwriting and his ability to bend poetry into song. The first single “The Way It Goes” is full of metaphors and lush homegrown songwriting.

The CD was produced by renowned vocal coach Rosemary Butler. Rosemary sang and toured with Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and Crosby Stills and Nash. It was recorded at Charlie Midnight Studios in Glendale, CA in 2006. Never Look Back was mixed and mastered by John Perez in 2007. The CD features seasoned session players: Leland Sklar on bass and guitar (Phil Collins, Lyle Lovitt); On drums, the legendary Tony Brock (The Babys, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison); and Lee Thornberg on trumpet. Michael says, “I was learning so much from Rosemary. We were working on the songs together for Never Look Back and we just clicked.”

Rosemary sang backing vocals with Crosby Stills and Nash for years. In 2006, Neil Young called Rosemary and asked her to assist in gathering 100 singers for a choir to be featured on his next record Living With War. Michael was one of the lucky 100 singers in the choir. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 album chart on May 27, 2006, with approximately 60,000 copies sold. It remained on the chart for 14 weeks. In 2007, the album received 3 Grammy nominations. Young was one of the first artists to publicly denounce George Bush and declare: “Let’s impeach the President for life.”

Michael says, “I learned so much from that session. The lyrics were on a projector and the album was recorded in analog. I got to chat with Neil also. He was so focused and inspired about the importance of what he was doing.”

Never Look Back is the culmination of years of hard work and intense songwriting. The first single, “The Way It Goes” is how Michael Fitz lives his life. He says, “That song is my mantra. It’s about coping with life. And to do that, sometimes you just have to suck it up, get dressed, and go out and make stuff happen.”









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