John Michael Hersey
Singer/Songwriter/Actor John Michael Hersey has released thirteen albums of his music including the July 2020 album The Reincarnation of a Rock. Known for his sophisticated yet accessible melding of rock, pop, folk, blues and country, Hersey is first and foremost a storyteller, one who happens to play a mean guitar. Beachsloth.com wrote that Hersey’s album, Dreamtime “proves to be an absolute, unhinged kind of joy, one sung straight from the heart, showing off [an] uncanny ear for melody.”And Tom Franks of folkwords.com wrote that Hersey’s Adirondack “is raw, hard, observant and thought provoking.” Hersey performs as a solo act and as a member of the duo The Michaels. 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. As an actor he recently appeared as Harris in the Theater for the New City production of William Electric Black’s The Whites, Joe Belarosky in the Theater for the New City production of William Electric Black’s Betty and the Belrays and as Warden Whalen in the La Mama production of Tennessee Williams' Not about Nightingales. 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.