Jan 26, 2018
Camden NJ native Michael Upshaw, a native landed his first engagement singing at the age of 17, with some late legendary jazz musicians such as, drummer Bobby Durham, who played for Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald, Camden jazz organist Richard "Groove" Holmes, Saxophonist Hank Mobley, bassist Charles Frambrough, and jazz organist Don Patterson. As a featured artist and background vocalist, Michael has lent his voice to more than 60 recording projects internationally. He is also a songwriter and producer.
Some other notable highlights in his career are opening for many popular legendary artist from an array of musical genre's, the late gospel recording artist, Bishop Rance Allen and Douglas Miller. Also Commissioned, R&B artist Angela Winbush, SWV, Xscape, Jean Carne, and a list of other's.
Upshaw has always welcomed new and exciting career challenges, so when the opportunity was presented for him to take to the theater stage, he seized the moment. Upshaw's name appeared in Playbill not once but three separate occasions, including once for his role in the "Buddy Bolden Story" written by Tony Award winner, Joseph A. Walker, and twice for his lead role in "Essentially Ellington" at the Harold Prince Theater in Philadelphia Pennsylvania,PA.
Upshaw has lent his vocals as a featured artist and background vocalist on more than 60 recording projects internationally.
In 2013, Upshaw and his wife, KimParis, were introduced to another Philadelphia producer and keyboardist, Dexter Moore, for MiParis Music's first cd release by entitled "His Way." Her cd in which she wrote the lyrics for every song, also featured some world renowned musicians. Philadelphia bassist Gerald Veasley and 12 time Grammy Nominated and Grammy winner, saxophonist Kirk Whalum.
In 2015, Upshaw recorded a gospel classic "My Soul Has Been Anchored In The Lord" by the late Douglas Miller, and the song featured 8 time Grammy Nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright. Produced by Dexter Moore and Michael Upshaw.
Upshaw also had the pleasure of co-writing with one of the most sought after Producers and Multi Grammy Nominated Producer,Chris Davis on selections, "He'll Bring Us Through," "My Soul Say's Yes," and "Lord I Love You" that featured vocal extraordinaire, Dawn Tallman on Michael"s 2015 cd release "Steadfast."
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