Take the good looks of any A-list star and combine with the talent of Harry Connick Jr. and you get the one and only MikeMRF! The chart-topping musician dropped his new album, Mob Music 2, today. Here’s a little more about what he’s accomplished prior to his latest release.
MikeMRF (real name Mike Flanagan) won the Lennon Award (Hip-Hop) in the 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the title track of his Mob Music album. He also took home Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year in the 2014 OUTmusic Awards for his LGBT youth anthem on that same album called “Be Strong”. He was also named one of Instinct Magazine‘s Bears You Should Know in 2018.
The first three singles off Mob Music 2 were featured in 30 The Series, a show that chronicles the love and lives of three queer women of color living in Houston, Texas: “Tip Jar”, an ode to performing musicians everywhere and instructional guide for audiences on how to reward said musicians, “Clean House” a sassy breakup story of firing your significant other, and “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. MikeMRF wrote a string arrangement to support the vocals of his front persons Lisa Bello and Justin Waithe on the Bonnie Raitt classic.
Other songs from the album include “Wedding Day” (a celebration of you, no matter how the day turns out) “Me Completes” (Reggaeton track in Spanish featuring Puerto Rican artist Iisma) and “End This Sentence” (the album closer and a cathartic take on current state of the U.S. featuring the words of D.Ruff and bars of Shawn Caliber, whose verse on Mob Music helped take home the Lennon Award).
“I produced the last album, Mob Music, all on my own and it’s an acoustic record,” Mike told us exclusively last month. “For this album, I recruited my favorite drummer to produce the record with me so this project has a much more pop-mainstream vibe. I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”
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It has been 9 years of on-stage adventures, spontaneous composing and creating both in front of audiences and in studios, and some of the highest musical highs I’ve ever had. . @lisabellomusic , @waithejustlisten and I have been through major life changes together, laughs, tears, gains, losses and we have put all of it into our musical exploration while trusting each other to come out on the other side in 1 piece, like we always (usually? 😂) do. Mob Music 2 is the culmination of the last decade and is now available everywhere! . This album has been my daily focus for the last 10 months, as well as the course work for my Master’s at @nyusteinhardt . Lisa and I spent the last year living together in Brooklyn and writing it. We called on our Boston family, who helped create all things Mob Music 1, and they brought their best! @coop_on_it produced the album from the road and @jzaner recorded & mixed his face off! Vancil and James went above and beyond to tag team this project and I am forever grateful. We included collaborations with our day-ones: @shawncaliber , who has championed us from the beginning, @jefram32 and @njmungo who bring 150% every time, and new collaborations with long time friends @d_ruff3 @lookdeeper @nusouljones @jonevansmusic , @sethonbass @iisma.el . I cannot wait for you all to hear this album. If it speaks to you, I would love for you to send it to a friend or 5. Subscribe to, Add or Follow my artist page on whichever platform you have: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon Music etc. Add your favorite song to a playlist or share it on social media. All of that means the everything and is essentially the only way independent artists like myself stand to get our work heard. . Thanks fam and I hope you love it! ❤ . #mikemrf #lisabello #justinwaithe #mobmusic2 #album #newalbum #newmusic #newmusicfriday #pop #rnb #bmi #ascap #artist #independentartist #songwriter #musician
Mob Music 2 was co-produced by Vancil Cooper (Hamilton Tour, Jidenna) and mixed by James Zaner (Kat Deluna, New Kids on the Block, Lil Kim) and is a far more Urban Contemporary collection geared towards Pop versus the original Mob Music album which topped the iTunes Jazz Albums Charts. Other contributors on the album include Jon Evans (Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos) and Jeff Ramsey (Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway).
Learn more about MikeMRF by going to his page here.