John Michael Hersey

Singer/Songwriter/Actor John Michael Hersey has released nineteen albums of his music including the May 2024 album Footprints. Known for his sophisticated yet accessible melding of rock, pop, folk, blues and country, Hersey is first and foremost a storyteller who happens to play a mean guitar.

About the album Footprints, Indie Boulevard wrote, "It’s clear that Hersey is not only a great guitarist but also a skilled songwriter. There’s a sense of authenticity that permeates through every note, inviting the listener to delve deeper into the artist’s world." And Edgar All Poets said, "Footprints” is breathlessly thrilling—personal, beautiful, and completely engulfing. I highly recommend everyone listen to John Michael Hersey’s music."

For many years he was the musical director, guitarist and second tenor for the legendary doo-wop group Speedo and the Cadillacs. In 2010, UMass Press published his book, Forever Doo-wop, about his experiences working with the Cadillacs and other vocal groups. His theater acting credits include All My Sons, Deathtrap, The Weir and An Ideal Husband with Iona University Theatre Ensemble; Common Sense with Tutti Bravi; The Whites and Betty and the Belrays at The Theater for the New City and Not about Nightingales at La Mama. His movie credits include Holistay and Magic in the Maze. He also serves as Manager of Creative Arts at The Fortune Society, a non-profit that provides services for people involved with the criminal justice system, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Music and Theater department at Manhattan College.