On the morning of his graduation from Vanderbilt University, singer/songwriter Mikey Wax received a letter that took nearly 20 years to get to him. It was from his late grandfather, who had written the letter when it was clear he had little time left to live. His grandfather requested the letter be handed to Mikey when he was a young man ready to enter "the real world." Inside were words of love, hope and wisdom to make up for lost time that the two would never share together. Inspired by his grandfathers words, Mikey wrote the song "With You Goes," which paved the way for his recent debut album, "Change Again."
After graduation, Mikey moved back home to Long Island and contacted local producer Bob Stander, who had a small but quality studio in his basement. The two began recording songs, and the collection of songs eventually turned into Wax´s first full-length studio album, released November, 2008. It is a coming-of-age album with most of the subject matter dealing with change, uncertainty, love, and loss. The songs were placed in reverse order from the time they were written to allow the listener to hear the growth and maturity in the five years of writing that went into the album.
Since it´s release in November, "Change Again" has reached 46 on the iTunes top 100 pop albums charts in the U.S, and has also charted on the iTunes top 100 pop albums in Canada, Australia, and the UK. This is a very strong debut for a completely independent artist with no label or major management behind him. The album has been continuing to spread through word-of-mouth, live shows, and social networking sites such as facebook, myspace and youtube.
Last May, Mikey´s song "In Case I go Again" was selected as the winner of The Unsigned Artist radio contest held by WRMF/97.9 FM, a top 40 radio station in South Florida. The contest was voted on by over 10,000 fans and several music industry professionals. In October, Mikey was selected to perform in the 2008 CMJ Marathon, a highly regarded festival in the music industry featuring some of the best up-coming artists from around the world. In November, Wax made his debut television performance playing live on the CBS News Morning show in Florida, reaching an audience of 50,000 plus viewers.
This past December, Mikey signed a contract with the top booking agency Supreme Entertainment, who also represent acts such as Eve 6, Fastball, and Nick Lachey. Since signing with the agency, Wax has been playing shows consistently, recently finishing his first national tour of the U.S with a sponsorship from the sneaker company, Kangaroos. Mikey is currently working on setting up a new tour for the fall.
2009 looks to be a great year for the upcoming singer and songwriter. With constant touring and the growing success of his debut album, Mikey Wax is developing loyal fans all over the world.