To call Michael Behm a music industry renaissance man is actually something of an understatement.
As an artist, he’s equally comfortable working under the spotlight, behind the scenes or in a studio and has found significant success as an entrepreneur in many different facets of the music business.
Years of touring through North America established him as a compelling live performer. To a still rapidly growing number of fans around the globe, Behm is best known as a singer/songwriter of real melodic and lyrical intelligence. His versatile take on pop-rock has been showcased on seven albums, including 2008’s acclaimed Saving America.
Releasing a series of meticulously-crafted singles that generated serious traffic on internet radio stations and music websites, total plays of Behm tunes on numberonemusic.com now stand at over 1.6 million, while 12 songs on the popular Jango site notched well over 270,000 plays. Such singles as “If I Could Learn To Fly”, “Love’s Like Numbers,”and “Where I Belong” topped charts in Australia and Canada on such sites as mp3.au.com and Reverb Nation.
As a music business entrepreneur, Behm’s credentials are equally solid. He formed a sound company “Premier Productions” in the 1990s that provided live sound and lighting to 22 music clubs in Canada. He owned five successful live venues / clubs, including three in the Caribbean, and until recently owned and operated the very popular Vancouver Island music club, Voodoo Lounge. He has promoted over 100 concerts, including such major-name acts as Nazareth, Nickelback and Default.
Behm’s first recording studio, Premier Studios, located in Vancouver, hosted recording artists from the U.S., U.K., and Europe, Australia and Japan. Currently he frequently hosts artists, songwriters and musicians in his home studio on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Michael also is home at top-notch Vancouver studios that include The Warehouse, Mushroom, The Armoury as well as working closely with such highly-regarded engineers as Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica), Mike Puskas, Delwyn Brooks, Brian Gardner and Ray Harvey
On the songwriting front, Behm’s talent, recognized by songwriting guru Ralph Murphy (Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Cliff Richards) culminated in The Murphy-Behm co-write “Where I Belong,”. This gently pensive pop song quickly became a fan favourite. Behm and veteran songsmith Ron Irving collaborated on the popular “It’s My Time” for American Idol.
Michael Behm’s versatility as a songwriter, producer certainly brought him attention in the world of music publishing. He continues to publish a vast number of songs and highly notable movie and TV sync placements with more coming. Thanks to a collaboration with affiliates in the U.S. and Australia, a Behm track, ‘Living In The Moment,” was featured in the Disney feature A Fairy Tale. He was also commissioned to provide four songs for the soundtrack to a film biography of AC/DC singer Bon Scott.
“The instrumental aspects of those tracks were licensed to several U.S. network’s,” Behm reports. “Once you create something that’s great and that encapsulates a certain genre, there will always be a use for it. My music is available in many different platforms. The advantage I have is that I can quickly come up with music for any application. I can create it myself or commission it from other producers that I work with.”
Behm expanded his reach, developing and producing international artists, “Chaps”, and “Dead Eyes Open” as well as others. Behm says, “Producing a amazing U.K. country band called “Chaps”. We signed two songs " Straight Road” and “Pensacola” to Publisher Rex Benson which were pitched to Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. The songs were picked from 2600 song submissions and validated not only Behm’s production team but also his talent as a hard working artist, songwriter, musician and producer.
Michael Behm is a frequent panelist at music industry conferences and seminars, continually expanding and refining his diverse skills and worldwide contacts.
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On a personal level, Behm was absolutely pumped over the response to the meticulously crafted “Saving America” – a stirring, guitar-fuelled call for change, renewed optimism and fresh hope from a Canadian to his friends and neighbours south of the border.
Positive reviews, on-line streaming via services like Australia’s mp3.com and ReverbNation, resulted a rush of adds from U.S. community radio stations and built a momentum for Saving America's melodic original that bristled with memorable hooks and a historic sample from one of John F. Kennedy landmark speeches.
“Bless the man, he delivers,” wrote Notlame Music’s Bruce Brodeen when comparing Behm to such U.S. rock-pop icons as Jason Falkner and the Rembrandts. “Really smart power pop,” added a reviewer for Sweden’s Melodic.net website. “Saving America takes the listener back to the heyday of E.L.O. (Behm) might not save America, but he could easily save your day!”
Radio promotion by Plug Music in Canada and the Sutton Music Group in the U.S. produced spins and stations in St. Louis, Olympia and Tucson, among others, and regularly played the song. GK Radio Europe also added Behm’s music to their "must listen to" charts, validating his work as a solo artist worth paying attention to. The artist has tasted success over the years as a solo act, band leader,songwriter and producer.
On the Saving America album, Behm sang, played guitar, produced and handled the multi-tracked instrumentation from his state-of-the-art home studio on Vancouver Island off Canada’s west coast. The drummer for the sessions was Pat Steward (The New Odds, Bryan Adams).
“Saving America” was mixed in Vancouver by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Elvis Costello, Metallica, Sam Roberts) and mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles by the legendary Brian “Big Bass” Gardner. The latter has put the final touch on classics by Blondie, the Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas and Blink 182, and that’s just a few of the Bs on an awe-inspiring list of A to Z credits.
Other irons are always burning bright for Michael Behm. His U.S. publishers Rumblefish and Scorekeeper Music actively promote and expose his deep catalogue of song titles in America. His bluesy original “Take Me Down to the River” became the theme for Campbell River, B.C. adult contemporary radio station 99.7 The River. And Vancouver’s Rock 101 selected his original as the theme for the Bro Jake Show, the popular morning show hosted by Canadian DJ legend Jake Edwards.