Michael Coston ASCAP/NARAS/NMPA/CMRRA Architect-Music Producer-Composer-Arranger-Audio Engineer
Voting Member of:
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
National Music Publishers Association/The Harry Fox Agency (NMPA/HFA)
b. August 19, 1962. Springfield Gardens, NY. Influenced by musically talented parents he found drums to be his instrument of choice at the age of three. Simultaneously maintaining his extraordinary talent for art as well as music he expanded quickly with both art forms and learned to play a multitude of instruments. He would accompany his father, a well respected church organist, pianist and choir director, as they performed together frequently throughout many prominent churches and public congregations throughout New York City.
In 1976 he attended the gifted LaGuardia High School of Music & Art in upper Manhattan. There he indulged heavily in the arts and developed his passion for progressive jazz music to the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Duke, Grover Washington, Jr., Return To Forever and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Despite being an art student he would take every opportunity available to sit-in with the jazz band and grow to idolize the styles of master drummers Elvin Jones, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams and Lenny White amongst others. At the age of 16 he recorded his first live and studio album at Right Track Studios, NYC drumming for a gospel album project for First Union Baptist Church. Also during this time the musical movie drama “Fame” was filmed and produced showcasing the caliber of talented students from both the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the High School of Performing Arts in a rare collaboration.
After graduating in 1980 he elected to pursue his artistic roots into the field of Architecture where he studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Yet his love for one art form did not diminish the other. During his college years he established and participated in various bands which performed Top 40 gigs at clubs throughout New York and Long Island during the early 80’s. Following college as an architect in 1985 he continued expanding his prowess as an accomplished and respected songwriter and composer of many genres of music. By 1988 he established a recording studio in his Brooklyn brownstone residence where he produced artist demos and further refined his composing and engineering skills.
With that initial success he relocated his studio to Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan in 1990. There he further expanded his production and publishing business and caliber of talent. After a streak of Jazz, Pop and R&B projects with a host of aspiring popular artists he then turned to building his professional catalog of published songs which among others included co-producing two Grammy, Dove and Stellar award nominated albums for the phenomenal vocalist Yolanda Adams.
He is now heavily involved and focused on composing a wide spectrum of music for film score, video entertainment software and commercial projects as well as his own personal compilation of unique Jazz and R&B discographies.
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