Michael S. grew up in Apple Valley, California where he first started his musical journey at the age of 8. He started with the alto saxophone. He performed with the Apple Valley High School Marching Band and Jazz Band. During his freshman year of high school, he got his first guitar. After his brother taught him how to play Enter Sandman by Metallica, Michael fell in love with the instrument. He taught himself and advanced his skills by studying classical guitar with Rich Sumner at college for four years.
In 2009, Michael was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston. He studied jazz guitar for one year before transferring to Musicians Institute of Los Angeles. Michael studied rock, pop and blues at the Musicians Institute (MI) with some renowned artists such as Dave Weiner, Jaime Kime and Alex Machacek. After leaving MI in 2012, Michael moved to Texas and performed with a Houston band named Enloom.
He then began teaching guitar at various elementary schools with IKIDS After School Program. Michael taught guitar with IKIDS for two years before becoming an instructor at Cy-Fair Music and Arts. In addition to providing guitar lessons, Michael is also the main guitarist and composer for Small Deal, a Houston funk band.