Michael suffered from a speech impediment as a child, so focused on the piano instead of vocals. He continued to play piano through high school, becoming known as the "piano man" for school talent shows and gaining the respect of his peers. By 18, music had helped Michael find his identity and his speech issues had subsided. Currently, Michael is a musician and pianist, gigging six to seven nights a week. In college, Michael met his wife Maria, and in 2014 they welcomed their son, Noah. Since then Michael's ultimate goal in life has been to create a better life for Noah.