Michael McKnight is a Songwriter, Producer & Vocalist that loves music, film, and the overall magic of art. McKnight’s hooky writing style focuses on Rock, Pop, Dance, Industrial, R&B, Soundtrack, and Top 40 genres produced out of DEE-I Studios in Central Florida.
Michael has worked & recorded with some amazing talents like Danny Bernini, (The Notorious B.I.G, Mary J. Blige, Stryper), Lajon Witherspoon, (Sevendust), Jeff Bova, (Blondie, Iron Maiden, Eric Clapton), Bob Ludwig, (Nirvana, Queen, ), Toby Wright, (Metallica, Tool), Shawn Grove, (Dashboard Confessional, Matchbox 20), and DJ George Acosta, (History of Trance, Next Level).
Michael is best known for his work with Florida Rock/Metal band Soulidium. He’s toured and played with bands like Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Alice in Chains, Hellyeah, Nonpoint, Wes Borland, Apocalyptica, Taproot, Wednesday 13, and many other great artists.
Writing great multi-genre music for song, film & soundtrack out of DEE-I Studios is Michael’s main focus. Hispanic born & raised in Miami, Florida, Michael is the first born son of Cuban Trumpet Player/Latin Percussionist Michael Arias. Michael grew up between Hialeah and Miami Beach surrounded by artists and musicians of excellence throughout his life.
Michael comes from a family of musicians and had a natural talent & obsession for melodies and vocals from the moment he could speak. Michael met Billboard Songwriter of the Year, (1984), Lewis Martineé, (Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Pet Shop Boys, Celine Dion, Exposé), and Producer Mark Roofe, (Janet Jackson, R. Kelly, No Mercy, Pit Bull, Chaka Khan), which is where his career in music would begin.
They recognized the strong melodic & lyrical ability Michael had and offered him an opportunity to develop his raw talent by writing & producing vocals for various recording artists in their Miami & Kendall studios over the next several years of his career.
Finally making a move to pursue his own career as a vocalist, Michael founded Soulidium in 2006 and would develop it with his bandmates over the next several months. They began recording their debut album, Children of Chaos the same year which released on June 19, 2007.(AMG/Warner).
It was recorded entirely at Long View Recording Studio in North Brookfield, Massachusetts on a rare mixing board formerly owned by legendary rock band Queen.
Longview was a studio like no other having produced over 150 gold & platinum records since their founding in 1974, (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Kittie).
The Soulidium album was produced by Danny Bernini & Michael McKnight, (Vocal production by Bonnie Millner). The album featured string work by American Grammy Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger and record producer Jeff Bova, (Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Blondie, Eric Clapton), and mastering by the Grammy Award-winning Bob Ludwig, (Paul McCartney, Queen, Madonna, Rolling Stones, Nirvana). The album was well received by fans & critics alike and was considered an overall success.
Soulidium was featured on the SAW IV Directors Cut DVD, with their song Trapped from the SAW IV Motion Picture Soundtrack, (Lionsgate Films/Warner Brothers Records). The soundtrack included Drowning Pool, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Avenged Sevenfold, and Sixx AM and others.
Soulidium’s second album Awaken released, (October 30, 2015), and featured hard hitting metal duet Fly to the Sun that Michael McKnight and Sevendust vocalist Lajon Witherspoon, who had toured for 47 dates together. The track was recorded with Shawn Grove at Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta, (Music recorded in Tampa). With the balance of the album being recorded at RedRoom Recorders in Tampa, Florida, with Wes Dearth, (Porcupine Tree), and DEE-I Studios.
After releasing their 2nd album Awaken, Soulidium disbanded shortly after the departure of Guitarist Spyder Z. Prime, (Psykill). McKnight would spent the next several years away from the music industry successfully developing the Tattoo Franchise Division of DEE-I alongside his wife VP/Head Tattoo Artist, Carolyn McKnight, (Tattoo & Inked Magazine, Best Ink, SFX), and CFO, Angelina McKnight, (3D Animation/SFX/Set Design).
After the dark days of the pandemic, Michael and his former band bandmates reached out to each other. Past disagreements didn’t matter anymore. There was never a better time to rediscover the powerful creative magic & friendship that they shared. “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis”, (Art is long, Life is short).
In 2022 Michael officially rejoined with Soulidium bandmates Danny Cayocca, Jerry Morte and Ilyn Nathaniel who are all already several songs into their 3rd and new upcoming single and album, “Revolution” Coming to Dark Empire Entertainment in 2023. More announcements to come!