Learn to Vibe Concert: Soul Brother Mike and Crissi Cochrane
By Mike Butler
Last year, I had the pleasure of writing a Whoâ€™s Who profile about a young, incredible musician named Crissi Cochrane and I promised to let you readers know the next time she was coming to the Valley for a show. Well, here it is!
On July 6, in the Al Whittle Theatreâ€™s STUDIO Z, Crissi and her husband Michael Paul (aka Soul Brother Mike), will rock the room. Soul Brother Mike has just released a new album called *Learn to Vibe* that heâ€™ll be promoting and you donâ€™t want to miss this show! And since Crissi already had her profile, hereâ€™s a little bit about Mike.
Michael Paul is a 28-year-old soul singer-songwriter from Windsor, Ontario. Under the stage name Soul Brother Mike, heâ€™s been recording and releasing original songs since he was 14 years old. Mike has had a pretty exciting career in the music industry over the past decade in a couple of different bands, but heâ€™s now working as a solo artist. Heâ€™s spent nearly his whole life operating out of Windsor, Ontario, but loves to travel to the East Coast of Canada, where he met his wife Crissi.
He states, â€œMy specialty is writing and arranging. I’m like a child with a toy when it comes to instruments and words. I love music because it can be anything. Songs can be fun or serious. I can create all kinds of different feelings and experiences, and it’s why I’ve been a prolific writer my whole life. On my website you can find more than a dozen releases ranging from folk to indie rock to soul, jazz, and blues music. I don’t always fall into an easy category but recently have been focusing strongly on soul, jazz, and R&B. I recommend visiting soulbrothermike.com to learn all about my music.â€
Mike and Crissi both love Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley and Mike treats the area like a second home. His family has a small cottage on one of the many small lakes in NS, and Mike calls it â€˜heaven on earthâ€™. It’s also where, a few years ago, he really sat down and focused on music theory and developed a lot of his skills. He and Crissi were also married here so thereâ€™s that wonderful connection.