MICK TARAS INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED GUITARIST
Mick Taras has been a working musician since the young age of 18. He learned about the music business immediately, on his first major professional guitarist role, with the fine band, "Joe Perrino and the Mellowtones". His career fully developed in California, where he moved at the age of 25. After attending the "Musician Institute of Technology" in Hollywood, he built his music career with hard work, humility, and patience. The music scene in Los Angeles is so competitive that he had to learn fast: in order to make a good living as a musician, it takes more than just great talent. It takes the right attitude. Mick consistently strives for total excellence in every song, and reliably delivers just the right sound desired of him, by music/entertainment industry professionals.
Today, though Mick is now a well accomplished professional, he’s still working to enhance his craft, using his many well-seasoned talents. The response from the music industry shows: His fine guitar work can be heard on hundreds of records and movies (Undercover Angel, Blind Ambition, An American in China, April Apocalypse) and TV (Entertainment Tonight, Scrubs, Greek, Oh Sit, Cold Case).
He has toured, recorded and played with a diversely wide variety of artists such as: Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Josh Groban, Jonathan Butler, Jonny Lang, Little Feat, Robby Krieger, Kathrin McPhee, Faith Evans, Nelly, John Rich, Waddy Wachtel, Suzy Bogguss, Billy Dean, Gloria Estefan, Elaine Page, Thelma Houston, The Motels, Joe Jonas, Five for Fighting, Paulette McWilliams, Ken Burton, Melvin Lee Davis, Kenny Aronoff, Charles Billingsley, Tony Basil, Vanilla Ice, Ronnie Spector, Daniel Powter, Kari Jobe, Ken Reynolds.
Mick has reliably served as the House Band guitarist for several TV shows:
“The Next: Fame is at Your Door Step” (Season 1 - 2012 CW Network)
*John Rich, Co-star, worked closely with Mick, relying on his talent at enhancing his songs
*David Broome, Exec. Prod (David Foster/NBC) worked closely with Mick, and does today
“The Gong Show” (Season 1 - 2008 Comedy Central)
“Secret Talents of the Stars” (Season 1 - 2007 - CBS)
“Master of Dance” (Season 1 – 2007 - TLC)
Mick Taras has worked well with these highly regarded Musical Directors:
Michael Bearden – MD - “Oh Sit” CW 2012, major recording studio projects including: Bruce Liang (winner of The Voice of China-2013);
Neil Young 2014
Sean Holt – “The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep” CW 2012
Robin DiMaggio – Various major recording studio projects, in recent years.
Notable Musicians, MD’s whom Mick has accompanied, on recent projects:
Ellis Hall – Hammond Organist/Vocalist, Pianist of Ray Charles film fame
Alex Al – Bassist/Bass Synthesizer of Michael Jackson fame, many others
John McDaniel – MD - “One Night Only” Musical 2013, 2104 (MD, Rosie O’Donnell)
Doug DeAngelis – MD - “The Gong Show” Comedy Central 2008, “Secret
Talents of the Stars” CBS 2007, “Master of Dance” TLC 2007
Mick is very well rounded in all styles of music, and also known for his specialty in bluegrass/country artistry, playing Guitar, Dobro, Banjo and Mandolin on his records. Many professionals have also appreciated using Mick’s unique talents in the Cuban & Latin genres, and his special expertise with the Cuban Tres guitar.
He looks forward to a long career ahead, as he gives his utmost to every project.
His teaching experience includes such notable schools as: The Saddleback School of Music, The L.A. School of the Arts (LASA) and The Music Factory.
Mick is a follower of Jesus Christ and is blessed with the rewarding ministry of Music Worship leader, at the popular Calvary Chapel, in Monrovia, California.
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