While great players are said to be cut from the proverbial cloth, Michael “Fish” Herring's particular piece must be taken from an intricate quilt, lovingly and expertly crafted over the years. Such comfort and range in style comes from total devotion and immersion in all genres of music. It is this diversity that keeps him busy with legendary artists and current sensations alike.
Fish recently completed a promotional tour and will next be seen and heard as the lead guitarist on the fall tour for pop sensation Anastacia. Early this year, he completed a world tour with multi platinum recording artist Christina Aguilera, where he had noted appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, MTV and the 2004 Grammy Awards among others. In recent years he has also appeared on records and tours for such artists as Prince, Tupac, Nas, Mariah Carey, LeAnn Rimes, and Siedah Garrett.
A Philadelphia native, Fish got his start at age five playing violin for his grandfather, who paid him a dollar a week to take lessons. After one hundred or so lessons, Fish took his dollars to the music store and bought a guitar. He has rarely been seen without it ever since.
Fish continued his training, and his playing, while attending the prestigious Settlement Music School & the Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia. Throughout these early years, Fish was fortunate to play in Jazz Workshops and Master Classes with the late Grover Washington, Jr. and the incomparable Stanley Clarke. By graduation, he had worked with many local bands and artists, gaining valuable studio and touring experience. Through these times, Fish was influenced by such a diverse blend of music and culture that continued to evolve and grow, pushing his artistry to new limits.
After years of teaching guitar and working with several jazz, rock and funk bands in Philly, Fish began touring the World with artists from the unknown to the legendary, which eventually brought him to Los Angeles. There he sprouted new roots as a session musician while continuing to tour with respected artists such as Teena Marie, Dru Hill, Johnny Gill, Najee, and a host of others.
Through it all, Fish remained inspired and influenced by every experience, writing and recording music and songs that would be with him forever, eventually to share with the world. From his first days with a 4-track machine to his current state-of-the-art digital studio, Fish continues to develop his craft as a songwriter and producer, leaving a trail of multi-platinum records, TV and film soundtracks behind him.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Fish is writing and producing music for various artists and projects.