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Michael Yates McFadden

Biography - Michael McFadden Musician/Composer/Keyboardist

“Music is a gift from God and the desire of my heart & spirit”

Music began early in the McFadden home. All three of my brothers and myself took piano lesson at an early age. It stuck with me, and I later found out that my father was a musician, a piano player.

After high school and Computer programming training, the music was speaking to me. I started studying with the Berklee School of Music, correspondence courses. Then went on to study with the then famous Allen Massey School of Music of Washington DC.

I joined my first band in 1978, of course a funk band, playing in the local clubs in Washington. I had the pleasure of studying under Mr. Harold Alexander, a recording artist, who came through the studio ranks with George Benson and Chuck Mangioni.

I formed my first band, “Presence” in the early eighties. Presence became very successful on the local music scene and played everywhere there was to play in the metropolitan area. I began to write music for the group and to perform mostly original music. In 1983, I performed at the wedding of Rick Walker, with the Washington Redskins. Mr. Walker opened his own club and booked Presence, where we performed our original music. The music was widely accept and the popularity of the group grew as we continue to perfect “Presence” and our music.

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