MICHAEL MOTT is an internationally critically acclaimed award winning composer/ lyricist, songwriter and vocal producer living and working in NYC. Born and raised in New Hartford, New York, Michael graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre Performance. He moved to New York City in 2007 and enjoyed a successful career performing in numerous Off-Broadway, regional and national touring shows. In 2012 he decided to shift his focus to writing and was accepted into the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writer’s Workshop. He has since been named one of Playbill's "Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know" and has won the Broadway World 2020 Cabaret Award for 'Best Original Song' for his piece Jingle My Bells written for The Boy Band Project.
Mr. Mott's original musicals include In The Light, A Faustian Tale (book by Nathan Wright and Justin Silvestri), Mob Wife, A Mafia Comedy (book by Corey Skaggs), Lucifer (co-lyricist, Mike Squillante, book by Corey Skaggs) and Riding Out The Storm, a ten minute musical (book & lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson). He recently scored his first short film, Sundown, A Dance Short, which is currently circulating the indie film festival and is expected to be released commercially in 2021. He is currently composing the music and lyrics to two new original musicals.
Michael is best known for his recording studio work. His debut album, Where The Sky Ends, is a compilation of his original theatre, jazz and pop music performed by some of the best singers on Broadway, co-produced by Mott and legendary orchestrator/ producer, Kim Scharnberg. The LP spawned Mott's most famous song, Gone (featuring vocals by Ben Fankhauser) which has surpassed more than 4 million streams on Spotify. Referred to as "a masterpiece" by Broadway World Where The Sky Ends was released by Grammy Award Winning label, Broadway Records on June 17, 2014. Due to popular demand, Where The Sky Ends: The Dance Remixes was released by the same label on October 14, 2014 and features the popular dance track, Gone (Julian Marsh Ethereal Mix) which has surpassed more than 2 million streams on Spotify. In 2016 Mott composed a Christmas single for Broadway star, Laura Osnes, co-produced by himself, Scharnberg and Jeremy Roberts. Christmas, Will You Stay? was released digitally on December 6, 2016 and began the creation of Mott's own independent label, Motta Music. The following year, Mott and Osnes teamed up to shoot a music video for Christmas, Will You Stay?, and thus began Mott's first of many video collaborations with director, Christopher Meek. Michael's follow up studio album, Abandoned Heart was released on September 15, 2017 by Broadway Records. This time, Mott took a much broader approach honing his voice and focusing on a more top 40 sound. Joined by some of Broadway, television and pop's most celebrated talents, this record offers a variety of feel good pop, anthemic soul and introspective ballads co-produced by Mott and Rich Matthew. In 2019, Mott began to write original material for NYC based boy band, The Boy Band Project. Mainly a cover band, Get Behind My Love, their first original single, was released on May 27, 2019 and was referred to as "a summer bop" by Queerty and "the sexy summer bop you've been waiting for" by OutBuzz. Their follow-up single, Jingle My Bells was released in November of 2019. Both songs were nominated for a 2020 Broadway World Cabaret Award for 'Best Original Song' and Jingle My Bells won the #1 spot. Mott is currently writing new original material for the group. Earlier in November 2019, Mott released The Impossible featuring Matt Bloyd. Co-produced by Mott and Rich Matthew, The Impossible has gone on to become one of Mott's most popular songs. In 2021, Mott went on to release two studio albums that were both created in the middle of a global pandemic. On April 16, 2021 Mott released The Only One, a six track visual EP about love and loss. Co-produced by himself and SIXFOOT 5, this EP marked a more contemporary pop sound paired with his celebrated theatrical sensibilities, bridging the gap between his two audiences. In June of 2021, Mott went on to release In The Light, A Faustian Tale (Highlights from the World Premiere Studio Cast Recording). This expansive album was recorded virtually with a 30 piece orchestra and 28 person choir in Vienna, Austria, a rock band in NYC and vocalists from all over the United States. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 200 Charts and has quickly become one of his most popular albums yet. His entire discography is available wherever music is sold.
Mr. Mott has had the great fortune of working with some of the best singers in the business both in the recording studio and on stage in his touring show, Michael Mott & Friends. His collaborations include TONY Award Nominees Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Loren Allred, Sierra Boggess, Zachary Levi, Solea Pfeiffer, Ciara Renée, Pia Toscano, Antonio Cipriano, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jennifer Damiano, Orfeh, Matt Doyle, Andy Mientus, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Adrienne Warren, Justin Guarini, Brian Justin Crum, Shayna Steele, James Snyder, Jackie Burns, Mitch Jarvis, Bobby Conte Thornton, Blaine Krauss, Michael Lanning, Marissa McGowan, Crystal Monee Hall, Natalie Weiss, Teal Wicks, Jason Gotay, Ryan Silverman and countless others.
Mott’s concert work includes sold out performances of his original material at numerous venues in the US and around the world including Feinstein's/ 54 Below, Joe's Pub, 42 West, Rockwood Music Hall, The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Cockpit Theatre in London, UK. For booking information, please email BookingMichaelMott@gmail.com.
Prior to writing, Mott enjoyed a successful acting career for six years. He appeared Off-Broadway in "Milk and Honey" (David) and "I'd Rather Be Right" (Tony) both with Musicals Tonight! Select regional credits include "Kiss Me, Kate" (First Gangster) at Glimmerglass Opera, directed by Diane Paulus, "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" (Louie) at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, "9 to 5" (Joe) and "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" (Neal Matthews), both at The Fireside Theatre, and "Miracle on 34th Street" (Fred Gaily), at both The Wagon Wheel and Armory Theatre.
Mr. Mott is currently an Advanced Member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writer's Workshop and proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.