Michael Sterling is an American composer and musician from Miami, Florida.
His musical career started in his teens when he played bass guitar for popular Latino recording artist Ray Fernandez. Soon afterwards, Sterling and two childhood friends formed the group Silver Platinum, who quickly scored a hit on the R&B charts with their single Dance. He then went on to play lead guitar and sing as a member of the Grammy award winning reggae band Inner Circle. Inner Circle, well known for their hit Bad Boys.
As a Solo Artist
After touring with Inner Circle, Sterling returned to Miami and began his career as a solo artist. During this time, he started his own record label TSOM Records, where he produced hits for local artists 2 Live Crew, MC Shy D, JT Money and others. He also served as musical director for BMG recording artist Blu Cantrell.
His first album, The Artist, which contains 'Desperate' in 1983 and 'Nite Club 69' in 1985 didn't generate much attention. He first struck big time stardom with his second album, No Such Animal, in 1987 produced the songs, 'One More Chance', 'Is It Still Good To Ya' and the timely socially conscious theme song, 'Holiday'. The song, Cheating While She's Wearing My Ring, received a lot of airplay on the video channels (Its not on the album though). His voice is known for its trademark slight sweet and soft falseto sound.
During the 1990s and 2000s, Sterling maintained a low profile, while still releasing albums and producing. He still garners rave reviews and fans worldwide.
In 2005, Usher, Ludacris and Lil' John and the East Side Boyz covered his Lovers and Friends (song) from his 1990 album Trouble. The song was released on the quadruple platinum album Crunk Juice and was the winner of two BMI Billboard awards including ‘Hip Hop Song of the Year'. In 2006, his song Bedroom Boom was covered by The Ying Yang Twins feat. Avant on the platinum Ying Yang CD U.S.A.
On November 17, 2009, volume 1 of his new two volume album, Eyes Around My Heart was released online.