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Although he grew up in southern California, his musical influences and love for the cowboy life trace back to his childhood spending summers on ranches in West Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada.
Like many successful country music stars, Michael started playing rock & roll in garage bands as a teenager. With his granddad’s influence, he soon developed that cowboy country sound that made him famous.
Michael Thomas grew to be a Southern California favorite. In 1993 he recorded his CD, “One of These Days.” Recorded on the Comstock label and released on CD in Europe first.
Michael has appeared in numerous independent films created in the United States, playing various characters.
He has been a stuntman and actor in multiple wild west shows in France and the United States.
He has also performed for over 20 years in the outdoor theater production “Ramona Pageant” at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet, California, a live-action re-enactment based on the Cahuilla Indians in Southern California. The play is based on the book Ramona by Helen Hunt. As a cowboy in the production, his part includes performing on horseback as Jake, a bully-turned-hero.
Working as a cowboy on the range with cattle, Michael rides his horses regularly and gives equestrian lessons to children and adults.
Born and raised in Southern California, Michael's life is centered around the Western lifestyle of music, horses and family. Surrounded by the creativity and film industry experts led him into acting and performing.
When Michael’s single “One of These Days” made Top-10 in many of Europe’s country music charts, Euro Disney held auditions for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show near Paris, France.
Experiencing America’s Great Wild West was a popular attraction to the European audience. They needed real cowboys for their show and were looking for talented and versatile country music singers who could play at their many venues around the park. Upon auditioning, Disney producers chose Michael.
Michael was a single parent then, so he packed up his son and moved to Paris. He performed in two Wild West Shows each day and played music in one of the many Disney venues at night, and with his single’s success, he found a demand for him to perform on live radio and public appearances. He also performed in many European countries, from German honkytonks to Switzerland ski lodges.