Michael Sembello

Michael Sembello ( Sembello Michael Andrew, born April 17, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American guitarist, singer and composer.


At the age of nine years, Michael Sembello began to learn guitar and favoritisierte jazz as his style. At fourteen, he studied with guitar legends Pat Martino and Chuck Anderson. Shortly before his high school graduation at age seventeen, he was hired by Stevie Wonder for his band and worked as a session guitarist. Among other things, he worked on productions for Sergio Mendes, The Jackson 5, Stephen Bishop, Randy Crawford, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand, Stanley Clarke and Donna Summer.

The Horrorfilmfan Michael Sembello, who speaks seven languages ​​, wrote a song about an insane woman who other people chopping off the arms, called Maniac and was hoping to put it in a horror movie. When he should submit material for the Flashdance soundtrack, he sent with accidentally Maniac. Ironically, this song appealed to the leaders particularly good, so Sembello wrote a new dance movie from text and its title was part of the soundtrack.

In the wake of the success of the film Maniac reached in September 1983, the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks. For his contribution to the excellent six- times platinum soundtrack he was honored with a Grammy in 1983. In the same year appeared under the title Bossa Nova Hotel released his debut album as a solo artist on the Maniac was also included.

Following Sembello worked on several soundtracks for feature films including Gremlins - Little Monsters, Corrina, Corrina, and Flipper ( 1996). He wrote and produced songs for Chaka Khan, George Benson, Gerardo, New Edition, The Temptations and Donna Summer.

In 1992, the album Caravan of Dreams, on the West Coast sound was mixed with Malay and Indonesian mystical grooves. This Sembello had success particularly in Asia. From then on, he focused on the Far East and spiritual music.