Fresh off winning the 2013 Hollywood Music and Media award for Best Male Vocal Performance for his song One Piece At a Time Mike Bauer had quite the year in 2013. He released his first full-length LP on August 6 2013 entitled Financial Aid Vol. 2 which Mr. Bauer quipped is an homage to my ridiculously large student loans from law school Metaphase remixed his song New Home Team and featured it at the music festival Coachella and Mr. Bauer was named one of the Hot 100 Live Performers of 2013 by Music Connection Magazine.
Thus far reviews of Financial Aid Vol. 2 have been positive as music critics have noted his wide range in both genre and musical ability.
His timing is spot on and his vocal range is dangerous... I would recommend this CD to anyone looking for a taste of fresh contemporary pop with a touch of the old Micheal Jackson swagger. Financial Aid Vol 2 is a top 10 performance with all the makings of a real world talent. - Charles Harrelson - EVo:R Entertainment
His songs fit in with many of the talented artists you are hearing on the radio every day and to think that he is going with this independently without the influences and contributions many of these other artists are receiving it’s all the more impressive. - Kevin Kozel - MuzikReviews.com
Mr. Bauer began singing at an early age and grew up in a musically influenced household in Colorado Springs Colorado. He is a multi-instrumentalist (trumpet piano guitar bass) and has been noted for his distinctive voice. His grandfather was a singer and tap-dancer on the Lawrence Welk Show in the 1950s his father was a big-band singer and his sister is a professional cellist. His sister who resides in Los Angeles California convinced her little brother to come out and try his hand at the music scene in Los Angeles. As a result Mr. Bauer has called Los Angeles home since 2005 finding more than just a music career.
While working on developing his songwriting and music Mr. Bauer also earned his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in 2012. He is currently a member in good standing with the California Bar and is an attorney at the firm La Follette Johnson.
With his education behind him in 2012 Mr. Bauer began recording his debut EP and released Financial Aid Vol. 1. The release landed him a gig at the American music festival South by Southwest (SxSW) in Austin Texas where he played at the House of Creative’s. Additionally the song I Bet You was nominated for a Hollywood Music and Media Award in the Adult Contemporary category for Best Song.
In 2014 Mr. Bauer has already begun recording Financial Aid Vol. 3 with the first single Sugar and accompanying music being released on Valentines Day (02/14/14).
I always envisioned this musical adventure as being a three-part series that hopefully helps me build a solid musical and artistic community but also exhibits the growth I have achieved as a result of those I met along the way. My goal for the last iteration of this three-part series is to create an old school Motown vibe with a modern twist and have a lot of fun in the process. - Mike Bauer