Michael McDermott is an American singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL.
Michael McDermott started performing in Chicago coffeehouses in the early 1990s, incorporating elements of Irish music into an American folk rock sound. His 1991 single “A Wall I Must Climb”, from the album 620 W. Surf, reached #34 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock tracks chart. McDermott released several albums in the 1990s and toured extensively behind them. His lyrics were quoted in the Stephen King books Insomnia, and in the book Rose Madder, one of the characters constantly wears a shirt of his that reads “I’m in love with a girl called Rain”.
McDermott has performed “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” at arenas and stadiums across the country. Teams that have invited him to sing include: The Chicago Cubs, The Chicago White Sox, The Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball team, The Green Bay Packers, The Chicago Bears, The Los Angeles Lakers, The LA Kings, and NASCAR.
In 2013, McDermott formed The Westies. An album of new songs with the band was released in Italy May 13, 2014 on Appaloosa Records. US release was in the spring, 2015.
In 2016, McDermott released Willow Springs, named for the small town where he now resides with his wife and daughter. Recorded at his home in the country and fan-funded, Willow Springs was produced by McDermott, with longtime producer and collaborator, Lex Price mixing. Performers on the record include Price; guitarist, Will Kimbrough; keyboard player, John Deaderick and McDermott’s wife, Heather Horton on backing vocals.
In April 2018, McDermott released Out From Under and followed it with extensive domestic and international touring.
A new album entitled “Orphans” is due to be released in February 2019 and includes tracks recorded during the sessions for both “Willow Springs” and “Out From Under” as well as some earlier recordings. The release of “Orphans” will be followed by another tour.