Genres:Folk, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Rock - Roots Rock
Mike Stocksdale is an artist you've listened to your whole life, or at least it feels that way. There is familiarity in his melodies, and the honest stories he tells hit home. His ability to translate his personal experiences into relatable lyrics is, in a word, captivating.
Los Angeles native Stocksdale embodies all aspects of true musicianship, with a technical education in guitar from the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, and a past rich with classic influences including Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and B.B. King. Stocksdale got his start playing lead guitar and writing songs for Three Minute Mile, a band he formed while studying psychology at Indiana University. When the group disbanded, Stocksdale began honing his songwriting and vocal skills, and found new direction as a solo artist.
He has since forged a reputation for himself in the Southern California independent music scene with thoughtful, well-crafted albums that resonate with a diverse range of audiences. His latest release, Ashland, is a poignant, conversational collection of songs melding together the best parts of folk, rock, blues, and country. Stocksdale teaches music in Culver City, CA, and is currently touring in and around California.
• Multiple TV placements on shows such as Hart of Dixie and Happy Endings ("Known Better," "Love Song," "Oh My Soul," "All Right") (2013)
• “Chase You” featured in viral youtube video by Garance Dore and Tiffany’s (2012)
• Daphne’s featured artist (2012)
• Semi-Finalist International Songwriting Competition 2011 (“Known Better”)
• Semi-Finalist UK Songwriting Competition 2011 (“All Right”)
• #1 New Music Review (Chase You) of 2009 (Music Connection Magazine)
• Music Connection top 25 Reviews 2008
• Music Connection Magazine top 100 artists 2007 and 2008
• Finalist 7th Annual Independent Music Awards (Folk/Singer Songwriter Album)
• Best New Artist Nomination (College) 2007 New Music Awards
• Finalist 2007 We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards
• 3rd Place (Acoustic/Folk) 11th Annual Unisong International Song Contest
• Honorable Mention 14th Annual Billboard Song Contest
• Finalist 2006 We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards