Born and raised a riverbank away from the birthplace of Motown, prolific Canadian singer-songwriter Mike Hargreaves has a lifetime of immersion in classic soul and R&B music. With over a decade of experience crafting and performing intelligent, compelling songs, Mike continues to re-define the sound of Canadian independent music.
Mike's solo career began with the limited release of his debut album 'Off Mike' in 2015, revealing his unique creative vision. With influences from throughout history, the sound was primarily 2000s pop/RnB/soul. This was further developed in two releases in 2017, "Learn To Vibe" in May, Mike's first widely distributed album, and a winter-time release: "Soulstice".
The next few years were put on hold. Mike had his first child with his wife, and singer-songwriter, Crissi Cochrane and moved into a new home. Mike began developing an 8 member soul band called The Family Soul, produced an album for Crissi titled "Heirloom", and began laying the ground work for a new type of music label, Soul City Music Co-op.
2020 saw the complete shut-down of the music industry internationally, and yet it was one of busiest years in Mike's career. Soul City Music Co-op was launched on January 1st, followed shortly by "Heirloom". The Family Soul released "Give It More Try", a 4 song EP, in June. And four singles were released by Mike, starting with the political, "Baby I Want A Change", follwed by a re-work of Crissi's "Heaven", followed by another thought provoking single "Until It Happens To You", and a feel good christmas bop, "The Christmas Feeling", closed out the year.
While 2021 carries over the pandemic gloom of 2020, Mike is set to have another busy year. "Headspace", a collection of psychological work songs, will be released on July 13, 2021. "If We Can Be Friends", a non-partisan anthem, will be the first single to arrive on March 12th, and Mike plans to flood the dance floor with head fog with the May 14th release of a second singe: "Head In The Clouds".
Off Mike (2015)
Learn To Vibe (2017)
Formerly the songwriting machine and singer of indie/pop group Michou and the creative force behind soul/rock band The Walkervilles, Mike has worked with Grammy award-winning producer Gordon Williams (Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill) in New York City, producer Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) at Willie Nelson's Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas, with producer Eric Ratz (Metric) in Toronto at Vespa Studio, and producer Riley Bell (Daniel Caesar) in Toronto at Revolution Recording. His list of past performances is a thousand entries long, including dates at Rifflandia, CNE, PNE, Hillside and venues like Massey Hall, The Highline Ballroom (New York CIty), The Vogue Theatre (Montreal), Caesars Collosseum (Windsor).
He's shared the stage with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dashboard Confessional, Stanley Clark, Lights, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bettye LaVette, Laura Mvula, The Sheepdogs, The Arkells, The Weakerthans, Sloan, Big Sugar and Sam Roberts Band.
The proof of Mike's songwriting ability is in the accolades and awards garnered through the years, be it charting on the Top 100 in Canadian Rock Radio, seeing two of his songs chart at #1 in the MuchMore Music Top Countdown (The Walkervilles' "Please Baby Stay" in 2013, and Michou's "Growing Younger" in 2010), or earning the title of XM Radio The Verge's Artist of the Year in 2011 with Michou. He has written the theme song for CBC Radio's Windsor Morning ('What Kind Of Fool'), and released no less than a dozen albums and EPs of original music.
THE WALKERVILLES (2012-2015)
Medea EP - Michou (2007)
Myshkin - Michou (2008)
Live in Layers - Mike Hargreaves (2009)
Rosehips EP - Michou (2009)
Cardona - Michou (2010)
Celebrate Love - Michou (2012)
Meet The Walkervilles - The Walkervilles (2012)
Rebirth Of The Cool - The Walkervilles (2014)
Easy Breather - Michou (2017)
Naked - Michou (2017)
THE FAMILY SOUL
SOUL CITY MUSIC CO-OP