Michael Burton completed both bachelor's and master's degrees in Jazz Studies under the renowned musician and professor, David Baker at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Trained in music from an early age, his mother is an original member of the legendary Mississippi Mass Choir, and his father a tenor saxophonist himself. Burton’s distinctive soulful saxophone performances, riveting grooves, and vocal productions are the result of this influence and his native Jackson, Mississippi culture.
Currently touring Patti LaBelle, Michael has also toured with Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, and Anita Baker as well as with New Edition, and PJ Morton. He’s also performed with Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Young Jeezy, Tank, Russell Gunn, and Eric Roberson.
Burton has recorded with a long list of jazz, soul, pop, rhythm and blues, gospel, and hip/hop artists. His soulful saxophone can also be heard on 2 Grammy Nominated projects, ”Love Has Finally Come At Last," by Calvin Richardson as well as PJ Morton’s Gumbo album. Mike was also a featured soloist on Hidden Beach Recordings Unwrapped Volume 5.
Michael has also served as an Artist in Residence in the US Virgin Islands, providing music education and mentorship to middle school, high school, and college students throughout St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. Mike serves on the Grammy Board of Governors for the Atlanta Recording Academy chapter. He’s also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Mike has released 5 independent projects, Sojourn, Soulful, The Producer, Say What?, and Walk With Me. In 2012. Mike plays Java Saxophones...