J. Michael Harter; who goes by "JMike" reigns from the desert southwest. The singer-songwriter and self-taught guitar player cut his teeth as a teenager performing at local venues nearby his hometown of Phoenix, AZ.
Harter moved to Music City Tennessee in 1999. His talents caught the attention of renowned Nashville producer Blake Mevis (of George Strait, Keith Whitley, Charlie Pride fame) who helped to open Music Row doors and ink a label deal with Broken Bow Records (the home of Jason Aldean)
in 2002. His debut single, “Hard Call To Make” (from the BBR album UNEXPECTED CHANGE), spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart to become the label’s first Top 40 hit.
J. Michael excited the Broken Bow roster to form the indie label Big Al and partnered with Lofton Creek Records. Making it a family affair, Harter joined his sister and brother to assemble The Harters; the appropriately named trio celebrated back to back releases charting in the Top 50 on the Billboard chart under the Bigger Picture/Warner Bros. umbrella.
Harter’s solo career has taken him across the US and Canada. As support act, he toured with Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Dwight Yoakam; he’s shared the spotlight at notable stages, arenas, fairs and festivals alongside Blake Shelton, Lee Brice, Little Big Town and Sara Evans among many others.
J. Michael’s warm, easy-does-it persona is as inviting as a “welcome” sign at the front door; his “feels like home” country sound is rooted by his influences, and some of his personal favorites, (stylists such as Chris LeDoux, George Strait, Glen Campbell, The Eagles, Merle Haggard, Don Williams and Garth Brooks) livened by his contemporary, yet raw, breath of fresh air lyrics and production.
JMike is currently booking shows; meet & greets; collaborations and more for years 2023 & 2024.
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2021 Country Songwriter of the Year in Texas Country Music
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