Michael Kehr

April 16th, 2022 7pm   Stage 3

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Michael Kehr

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Michael Kehr is a New York City based singer songwriter with 30+ years in the recording industry. His distinctive vocal tone and 5 octave range is complemented by his keen songwriting abilities.

In 1983, Michael and his brothers Donnie (keyboards) and Steve (drums) formed the backbone of the new band “URGENT” and added Yul Vazquez (lead guitar) and Klyph Black (bass) to complete the group. In just one short year, URGENT was signed by Manhattan Records. Their first effort was “CAST THE FIRST STONE” with the lead single “RUNNING BACK,” produced by Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople) and Mick Ronson (David Bowie). Michael co-wrote 4 songs with Ian Hunter on “CAST” which was released in 1984.

The second album was titled “THINKING OUT LOUD” with the single “CAN’T TAKE IT NO MORE” produced by Tom Allom (Judas Priest and Def Leopard). With two music videos and two albums to their credit, “URGENT” disbanded in 1987.

In the years that followed, he formed the “The Michael Kehr Project,” a stripped-down, 4-piece band with attitude and edge – providing the perfect platform for Michael to display his vocal dexterity. With Alex Alexander on drums, Tony Bridges on bass and Chris Delis on lead guitar, this band was short lived but also the one “that got away” as Michael puts it.

After the birth of his daughter Ani and his son Alex, Michaels focus turned to his family. Michael resurfaced in 2008 and once again began writing new songs and working with Producer Mark Desimone recording two tracks, “CHANGE OF HEART” and “SOMEBODY’S IN MY HOUSE” with his wife Lisa on vocals. Shortly afterwards, he reunited with brother Donnie who had built an extensive performing resume in Broadway Shows like Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot and others.

Donnie & Michael have now recorded 5 new songs including “FALLING.” With these new songs and a new sound, Michael has returned to relevance in the world of popular music and has no intention of stopping anytime soon.