About Fireheart Music
Founded by award winning composer, pianist and recording artist Jeffrey Michael, Fireheart Music specializes in instrumental music for relaxation, spa, massage, yoga, meditation, stress relief, studying, sleep music and baby lullabies. With over 2 million CD’s and downloads sold and more than 1 billion online music streams, Fireheart has become one of the global leaders of online digital relaxation music on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and many more.
Fireheart Music was founded in 1994 by composer, pianist and recording artist Jeffrey Michael. The then 15-year-old pianist borrowed $1,000 from his father, went to a recording studio and made a recording of his compositions that he began selling in his high school. In two weeks he paid his dad back. The next year he made another recording. By the time he graduated, he had sold 5,000 cassettes of instrumental piano music primarily to high schoolers and the company was off and running!
After taking business classes at Eastern Michigan University and Schoolcraft College, Jeffrey expanded his company nationally by touring and performing at Borders and Barnes and Noble as well becoming a featured performer at top art festivals across the country. Since then he has developed his company into an independent record label and music production company where he composes, produces and releases instrumental piano and guitar albums. Under the Fireheart label, he has released more than 160 albums and compilations worldwide.
Jeffrey Michael grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan and as a 2 year old he used to bang on his Great Grandmother’s piano. In 1983 she passed away and her piano was passed along to Jeffrey’s mother. She actually told him not to touch the piano for fear that he would damage it at such a young age. Naturally, he disobeyed her and began playing the piano by ear when he was 6 years old, going on to compose his own music by 11 years old. Jeffrey does not read music but rather is a self-taught musician who utilizes his excellent ear for his music and composes using a special shorthand that he developed as a child prodigy. Some of his musical influences include George Winston, Suzanne Ciani, David Lanz, Hans Zimmer, James Horner and Thomas Newman.
Since Jeffrey was a boy he always had a passion for film music and dreamed of someday being a film composer. In 1997, Jeffrey was interested in studying film scoring and was offered a full composition scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. However, when Berklee discovered Jeffrey did not read music he was told he needed 2 years of College level piano classes or he would fail out of Berklee. A Berklee film scoring instructor advised, “Jeffrey you want to compose for movies…you’ve got the talent…so go compose for movies.” Jeffrey did just that by gaining experience composing free music for some Michigan film school films as well as some local indie feature films.
Jeffrey relocated to the Los Angeles area in 2006 and since then has composed for many films, TV and video game projects. Major credits include the Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game, London Has Fallen feature film, Cirque Du Soleil, Google, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Asics, SyFy Channel, HIstory Channel, ABC, ESPN, NBC and Bravo as well as at The Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.
He also plays the guitar, enjoys screenwriting, painting, traveling, golf and has played soccer in Europe. He now resides in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA with his wife and 2 kids.