Michael Dowdle was born in Oklahoma, and at the age of five, began piano lessons. He learned the violin, and played in his school’s orchestra. He grew interested in guitar as he learned about rock and roll music…one thing led to another. Michael dove into the music business by doing studio work in the eighties, and played guitar for a host of TV shows, such as Opray Winfrey and Good Morning America. He played with many musicians and on several movie scores.In the eighties, Michael released 2 jazz albums, “Hymns of Praise” (1985) and “Songs of Joy” (1986), and a Christmas album, “A Sacred Christmas” (1987).
In 1995, he released a second Christmas album, “Christmas”.Michael’s albums, “Touch” (1990) and “From the Hip” (1999) hit the top ten of both the Gavin and R&R reports. His third jazz album, “Soulmate” (2000) won a Pearl Award in 2001 for Contemporary Instrumental Song of the Year. Michael has won over a dozen Pearl Awards.He worked with Sounds of Zion to record and release 5 albums in 2001 (busy year for Michael!), each holding 25 tracks, ranging from hymns to children’s music, and another Christmas album. Michael’s skills go beyond playing the guitar and arranging music, talents he has perfected. He knows studio equipment as well as anyone. He has worked with several companies, consulting and fine-tuning products to make studio recording more efficient and precise.Although he could list off hundreds of big names in music, who he has worked with (the Osmonds, the Dave Letterman Band, William Joseph, Kurt Bestor, Michael McLean, Utah Symphony and many more), he has found a new niche. Michael’s time has been spent with many eager students of music. He has been teaching at “The Music School” in American Fork, Utah, since 2006, and loves every minute.Michael has played guitar for many bands, and now plays with The Salamanders.Michael Dowdle’s Website