The son of a professional boxer, Mike entered the world three scant days after his father’s defeat at the hands of world heavy weight champion, George Foreman. Born in Lima, Ohio (and raised in the adjacent town of Bluffton) he was influenced by Midwest funk; Cameo and Zapp, plus the jazz of David Sandborn and Chick Corea. But it was the music of the legendary John Williams, from the movies such as JAWS, STAR WARS, the INDIANA JONES series and SUPERMAN that ignited Mike’s passion for composing.
Upon moving to California, Mike was offered a position at Turner Feature Animation. Mike’s outlets for music also became more creative: at Turner he was given the opportunity to arrange and perform the National Anthem for the opening of the Atlanta Braves baseball team for two seasons. He worked with a vocal group and began licensing his songs for film and television.
His film music education also received a massive boost from Hollywood when orchestral contractor Sandy DeCrescent invited Mike to sessions with James Newton Howard, Basil Poledouris, John Debney, Jerry Goldsmith - The L. A. CONFIDENTIAL sessions - Mark Mancina and Phil Collins.
The Turner position led him to Walt Disney Feature Animation. “When I went to Disney films back in Lima, Ohio I had no idea that I’d be sitting in an office in Burbank helping to create these films and presenting my music to the company,” marvels Brassell.
In 1992, Mike co-wrote the end credit song for GOT TO DO SOMETHING, an AIDS awareness video; one of Disney’s first projects to utilize urban music. Since then Mike has created and composed more songs for Disney. Today, based in Orlando, Brassell continues working with a widening stable of directors, creating music for shorts and video games.
Positive, evolving, passionate - Mike Brassell is a young man with a glowing, upbeat future and undeniable musical gifts. “There have been so many good things happening for me,” he asserts, “and I’m honored.”
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