Michael Cristiano is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed performers and producers. As a producer, his name can be found on numerous multi-platinum selling albums by such artists as The Seekers, Judith Durham, Silverchair, Andre Rieu, Mirusia, Lisa Edwards, Denis Walter and Gene Pitney and many other big names.
As a performer, he is renowned for his on-stage presence, unique, soulful voice and virtuoso guitar skills that continue to wow audiences worldwide. He is one of the country’s most respected musicians and composers and has taken home many prestigious music awards.
In 2019, The Seekers founding members Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley joined Michael at his Soundplant recording studio to revisit songs they'd sung in earlier years, and a few they wish they'd sung. The resulting album “Back To Our Roots” was released to rave reviews and “The Original Seekers” (as they were now known) embarked on a sell-out national tour.
In 2020, Michael released “Forever Grateful”, his song of acknowledgement and support for healthcare workers around the world. The song and video has had over one million streams and continues to be an anthem for all frontline workers.
His contribution to the Australian music scene and tireless charity work led to him being announced as a Lifetime Australia Day Ambassador, a great honour awarded to few select high achievers in business, government, charity and the arts. With a new album in the works he continues to be one of the brightest and dynamic stars on the Australian music scene, dedicating his time and unique skills to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike.
“In the studio and on stage, Michael always combines his magical, musical artistry with power as a loving soul, mentor and friend to us all. In my unique collaborative role with Athol, Keith and Bruce in The Seekers, through the decades and as a solo performing artist myself, we all entrust ourselves to Michael’s expertise on behalf of our fans around the world.”
Judith Durham AO, AMusA
“Michael Cristiano is a person who never ceases to amaze me. He is a great musician, producer, songwriter, live performer, arranger and singer. He is without doubt one of the most talented people in the business. I have worked with him on many projects that would not have had acclaim without his input. Many Aussie artists would feel the same way.
He is both generous in his support of other performers and of sharing his considerable talent to add to other artists’ endeavor. His own work is always outstanding. He is definitely one of our ‘greats’ and a star in his own right.”
Mike Brady AM
“I often reflect on how privileged I have been in over 63 years in the music and entertainment industry, to have performed with, but most importantly had my contributions appreciated, acknowledged and respected by those I regard as my peers, especially my life long pals in The Seekers who for 60 of those years have kept me in total awe of their unparalleled collective talents. Enter Michael Cristiano! He crept up on me a bit, but was suddenly a most vital part of the days leading up to our reunion decades from 1993, and has become our treasured friend, producer - both sound and video, and without doubt the 5th Seeker. To me, he sits in that parallel universe which I so envy of musical talent and gravitas which classical, great jazz and contemporary artists occupy. It’s quite obviously part of his DNA, he just simply covers the musical and creative waterfront! His personal skills are those which nurture and extract the very best from all who enjoy and respond to the respect he has for them, as they effortlessly give their very best for him in his studio. As I said right up front- it’s been my privilege. Thank you Michael.”
Athol Guy AO
“It’s been a privilege for me to work with Michael Cristiano on countless projects over the past 38 years. Whenever I know Michael is attached to a project I’m working on, I’m assured that everything will be perfect. Our industry is so much richer for having access to his many talents.”
Music Journalist and Rock Historian
“Michael is a highly respected musician and record producer who brings his magic to any setting, whether it be the stage with his guitar brilliance and voice or in his Soundplant studio crafting magic moments for artists.”
Denis Walter OAM
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