The soulful and profound music of of Michael McArthur is a familiar sound to the Lakeland community. When we last sat down with this local singer/songwriter, McArthur had just released his self-produced EP, Magnolia, and performed with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra at the Polk Theatre. It’s safe to say he has stayed busy since and we’re thrilled to be one of the first to let you in on what he’s been working on. Read More
Ditching a stable job in exchange for a turbulent career in music is the path that many artists must take. When Michael McArthur left the restaurant business that he and his brother started together 6 years ago, his future was still uncertain. Now, with a voice that could swoon an alligator, the Florida native has earned his place on the stage... Read More
I am biased. I know and love Michael McArthur, who wrote and performs the song “Love Wins.”
Michael wrote the song last summer when the Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality was now the law across the United States of America... Read more.
There is something to be said about solo artists who stay loyal to their acoustic roots. Armed with nothing but a stellar voice and an acoustic guitar, Michael McArthur is peacefully navigating his way through the tumultuous river of the music industry. With a voice that dances up your spine leaving chills in its wake, McArthur is blessed with the ever-coveted gift of song. In additon to his innate talents, he has also cultivated his skills as a guitarist and songwriter, becoming a perfectly contained and self-sustained artist... Read more
Article by Morena Duwe at The Huffington Post
Though the world is wreathed in strife, artists, writers, poets and musicians are finding ways to extend the light for those who only see darkness. With acts of terror, genocide, war and gun violence on the rise, it can be maddening to siphon through these seemingly endless tragedies while being consumed with a hopeless sense of helplessness. Our world bleeds from a deep wound that we, as a race, have inflicted. So how, then, do we begin to mend such a vast affliction? Read more...
Review by Morena Duwe at The Huffington Post
The potency of the human voice has the power to move not only with its tone but also with its message. Beautiful vocals imbued with meaningful words creates an irresistible combination. Based out of Lakeland, Florida comes Michael McArthur, a soulful singer/songwriter whose newest album Magnolia was recorded in California by Grammy award-winning producer, David Bianco who has worked with artists such as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Stevie Nicks... Read more here.
Review by Hannah at Rock My Commute
When I started playing this album on my porch one lazy summer Saturday, I was expecting a good, but run-of-the-mill singer songwriter release with a pleasant name and a few nice songs. Michael’s voice and jazzy style surprised me right away... Read more here.
Review by Dawn Hollingsworth at When The Gramophone Rings
To describe this song we have to use the words delicious, smooth, rich and elegant. ‘Run Around’ by Florida born singer songwriter, Michael McArthur, is laden with soulful sensuality and dusted with laid back ease. McArthur describes himself as writing with honest soul and that his songs are a sight glass into his life. In this we get the first glimpse of his voyage through... Read more here.
Interview by Lindsey Borders at AXS
He's got one of those voices that is soulful, that when you listen to him, you can't just narrow him down to one singer, there's more than one that he relates to and is influenced by. That singer and songwriter is Michael McArthur, who has recently released his debut album, Magnolia. The album was produced by GRAMMY Award-winning David Bianco, known for his work with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Lucinda Williams, among renowned other. In an exclusive video premiere, Michael is releasing his second single from Magnolia, "Clocks."... Read more here.
Review by Autumn at Jukebox Mixtape
There’s something about a tender, soft ballad that gets me every time. Michael McArthur possess a sweet, floating falsetto that virtually becomes one with the hum of the guitar, and folk/pop tracks reminiscent of Adam Levine and Maroon 5’s timid early years. The romantic song remains a gentle meander of music throughout the acoustic video, allowing the vocals to breathe and fill the space that’s empty of other instrumentation. It’s truly beautiful, and I could easily see this track getting picked up for placement in television or movies... Read more here.
Review by Don Saas at Baeble Music
I'm always jealous of vocalists with impressive falsettos. As someone whose vocal range runs halfway between a baritone and a bass, people who can hit those high notes get my serious respect... Read more here.
Michael McArthur is gearing up to release his debut album, 'Magnolia', tomorrow and we're excited to give you a sneak peek by premiering a stream of the eight-song collection the day before release. A mesh between Maroon 5 and John Mayer, the Floridian singer-songwriter pairs his soulful voice with seductive acoustic guitar riffs... Read more here.
Story by Alyssa Barker at The Southern
Every artist dreams of opening for one of their musical icons. This May, that dream will become a reality for Michael McArthur.
McArthur, a Lakeland native, will be the opening act for The Beach Boys when they play Tiger Town on May 2. The concert is sponsored by The Rotary Clubs of Lakeland in an effort to raise money for a new playground at Lake Parker... Read more here.
Review by Sarah Murphy at Exclaim!
Florida-bred soul-pop singer Michael McArthur is set to release his debut LP Magnolia next month, but you can stream the title track right here at Exclaim! before the album arrives.
Using his soulful voice to deliver honest, gritty emotion through his music, McArthur's sound encompasses influences from genres across the board. Borrowing inspiration from blues, soul, pop, country, folk and even hip-hop influences, his voice provides the perfect bridge between the selection of sounds... Read more here.