Vocalist Joseph Michael Joins Desert Dragon

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Joseph Michael

Vocalist Joseph Michael has joined L.A.-based rock group Desert Dragon and makes his debut with the band at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, where they perform with Jack Russell’s Great White. Michael will also appear as lead vocalist on Desert Dragon’s upcoming studio album currently being recorded with James “Jimbo” Barton (Producer/Mixer for Rush, Queensryche, Eric Clapton, Metallica), the follow-up to their critically lauded EP, Desolation.

Joseph Michael is best known as lead vocalist in the Los Angeles-based metal band White Wizzard on their 2013 release The Devils Cut (Century Media/Earache Records Ltd).  Joseph is related to the late, great metal singer Ronnie James Dio. Michael’s vocals have been compared to Dio, Tim “Ripper” Owens and King Diamond.

The colorful musician was also previously vocalist/composer for dark melodic heavy metal band, Midnight Silhouette. Originally born Joseph Michael Furney and hailing from Utica, NY, Michael, now Los Angeles-based, is also a prolific songwriter/composer and multi-Instrumentalist versed in many styles and various instruments. He is also associated with Midnight Reign and known for his work on Vixens Vol. 1 –  writing, performing, producing and providing background vocals on the album.  Michael’s song “LMFAO” featuring vocalist Dez Cleo was used in the soundtrack of Fright Night 2 (2013).

Michael was awarded “Metal Song of the Year” at the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards for “The Hollywood Rx.”

Other notable groups Joseph Michael has also written and or played with include The Peppermint Creeps, Zachary Throne, Hayley Dees, Michael Dees, David Chamberlain (Entrzelle, Starmachines), Skronky Kong, and Omery Rising.

All Access Magazine Editor Debra Stocker (AAM) interviewed Joseph Michael (JM) recently, here’s how it went.

AAM: Who Is Joseph Michael, to the uninitiated?

JM: A multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/composer from Utica New York… I am most recognized as the ex-vocalist for White Wizzard.

AAM: How did you hook up with Desert Dragon?

JM: (Desert Dragon guitarist) Greg (Patnode) heard some of my stuff online and sent me some of the songs…  I dug the songs and production values and we decided to give it a go.

AAM: What sort of vocal dynamic to you bring to the band?

JM: I will definitely bring a wider range of dynamics and tonality to the new record… and oh yeah… a new (Desert Dragon) record is in the works with James” Jimbo”  Barton.

AAM: What are some of the songs you’ve written recently?

JM: I write constantly… I’m working on a few things right now… a solo record as well as a few other projects.

AAM: Is it possible for an indie band to achieve big-time success in today’s current music business climate?

JM: Not an un-funded one… label backing or you own cash… either way you aren’t going anywhere.

AAM: How do you compare the Las Vegas live rock scene to that in L.A.?

JM: Las Vegas has a good musical economy but very few acts doing original music that are serious.

AAM: Who are some of your favorite bands/ solo artists, both past and present?

JM: Dream Theater, Com Wilkinson, King Diamond… too many to mention.

AAM: Parting thoughts?

JM: Visit me at www.josephmichaeloffial.com for updates and show dates.. cheers \../.