Singer/songwriter Mike Scala was born in Brooklyn, New York. By age 17, he hit the underground jazz and rock scene performing at venues across New York and Los Angeles such as CBGB’s, Troubadour, and Viper Room. From busking in the subways to completing two successful world tours across 15 countries, Scala established his presence in the scene.
In 2009, Scala independently set up a tour across the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and again in 2011/12. He and his team along with new additions Dan Vosk (Guitar), Marcus Miller (Saxophone), and Luke Capon (Bass) set out on the tour performing in over 100 cities, selling over 26,000 albums and headlining shows across the map at venues/festivals such as SXSW and CMJ (U.S.), The Roisin Dubh (Ireland), The Troubadour (London), Mauer Park and The Hard Rock Cafe (Berlin), and The Espy (Australia). Scala’s group, known for their sense of adventure, also performed a “world first” concert on the Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand which gained the attention of international media and have been featured on National TV stations such as RTE and ABC across the world.
Throughout his career Scala has had the opportunity to work with and share the stage with bands such as The John Butler Trio (Andrew Fry), Herbie Hancock, Alien Ant Farm, Mr. Hudson, The Sawdoctors, 311, and many more. Recently, the group teamed up with indie label Soulsearch Records to release their new album, “Heart On A String”. The record has an upbeat, feel good, easy listening vibe to it while incorporating catchy melodies, harmonies, and orchestration while staying true to the roots of their songwriting.
In 2009, Scala established the Mike Scala Foundation for Youth, an organization that provides aid and educational opportunities for at-risk youth across the U.S. and developing countries. “My goal is bigger than to pursue my passion as an artist. I want to make a difference in the world not only through the music but as an active member of the philanthropic community. My goal is to play Madison Square Garden someday and with that I want to be able to raise a couple of million dollars and go out and help those in need” says Scala. The organization has worked with UNICEF, YMCA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YWCA, and The American Cancer Society providing food, clothing, and educational supplies to youth in need. Scala also continues his work with music and youth and has founded musician alliances around the world in order to provide mentoring and music programs for youth in need.