A native of Grand Rapids, MI, Michael comes from a long history in the business of music. He is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in piano and guitar, and has been producing audio projects for over 25 years. Michael has produced and or engineered recordings for many local and national artists including Pop Evil (Grand Rapids), Ralston Bowles (Grand Rapids), Drew Nelson (Grand Rapids), Larry McCray(Bay City, MI), The Accidentals(Traverse City, MI), Cary Cooper (Asheville, NC), Ed Dupas (Ann Arbor, MI), Joe "Cartoon" Shields (Grand Rapids), The Steel Wheels (Virginia), Justin Townes Earle (Nashville, TN), Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Nashville, TN), Langhorne Slim(New Hope, PA), Pokey LaFarge (St. Louis, MO), Hello Dave (Chicago, IL), Domestic Problems (Grand Rapids, MI), Kimber Cleveland (Nashville, TN), Spencer Mulder (Nashville, TN), Hal Ketchum (Nashville, TN), Ari Hest (New York, NY), Harry Manx (Ontario, CA)and a long list of others. His commercial credits include work for Universal Forest Products, Mercantile Bank, Amtrak, Lothamer Tax Resolution, Montell Construction, Cole’s Quality Foods, Michigan State University, The Ozone Action Council, St. Cecilia Music Center, Little River Casino, Rockford Construction Company and many more. Additionally, Steve Ford Agency in Chicago has used Michael's voice on several national campaigns for Applebee's and McDonald's.
Crittenden is also the founding member and chief songwriter of the group Troll for Trout. Michael's songs have been heard on dozens of radio stations across the country as well as on MTV, ABC and PAXnet television. He has received an ASCAP Songwriters Award, two Billboard awards for songwriting, an InterActivist Award from Los Angeles Based META Association, and WYCE Jammie Awards for Producer of the Year (2012), Album of the Year (2002 and 2009), and Song of the Year (2009). Michael has also been a part of the instructional staff at Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters and The Mackinac Island Songwriter's Workshop.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with a degree in Film Scoring and Composition, Michael has a thorough understanding of writing, arranging and producing music from simple singer-songwriter style to full orchestrations. He is proficient working in Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Country, Pop, Rock, Jazz, and New Age styles. In addition to his studio and writing work, Michael has performed most of his life. He has toured the country numerous times and shared the stage with the likes Todd Rundgren, The Doobie Brothers, Hootie & the Blowfish, Shawn Mullins, The Cars, George Thorogood, Kasim Sulton, Jonatha Brooke, & Peter Frampton among others. When Michael is not producing, composing or performing, you can often find him hanging out with his wife "up north", cooking, messing with interior design, camping or knee deep in a trout stream.
Lane DenBoer, who hails from Wayland, MI, began producing and engineering at Mackinaw Harvest in 2008. A graduate of Calvin College, Lane plays guitar, bass and several brass instruments. He comes from a background performing in pop-punk, rock and metal bands and has over 15 years of recording experience. When it comes to computers and audio, Lane is a natural and is thee ProTools man here at the studio. He's consumate problem-solver. If something isn't working, Lane can fix it! He thrives on finding the solution. In addition to his passion for producing and crafting sound, Lane plays bass in the band Ghost in the Attic, loves vintage guitars, basses, amps and classic cars. Wanna talk baseball? Lane is a fan of the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners. We're proud to have Lane's easy-going persona on board at Mackinaw Harvest. Email Lane
Lane W. DenBoer
James "NAzz" Grey
The newest member of the team at Mackinaw Harvest is Grand Rapids native James “NAzz The HitMaker” Grey. NAzz comes from a long lineage of talented family musicians & songwriters and has been immersed in music all of his life.
With over 15 years experience in music production, NAzz has been credited with production work including national recording acts DJ Pierre, Ann Nesby, Janet Jackson, Sobel-Fashion productions, Missy Elliot, DJ Carnage, Rae Srummurd and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, among many others. He has also recorded and produced a large number of local acts around his home base state of Michigan. Additionally, NAzz has contributing music to television shows Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Love Games, Kim & Khloe Take Miami and The Bad Girls Club for the Oxygen TV network.
A graduate of Full Sail University in 2008 with dual degrees in recording arts & music business, NAzz primarily works as a Producer/Engineer in the genres of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Electronic music. When not dabbling in the world of sound, he enjoys traveling, photography, art and anything that involves nature.
The Grand Rapids Press says, “Chris Andrus is one of the most promising singer-songwriters in West Michigan today”. At MHM we couldn’t agree more. Chris’ latest release “The Glass Man” has won him much praise from music industry critics and fans alike. This former frontman for the band Bless You Boys has released five other studio albums of his own and has toured throughout the Midwest, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. Since 2007, Andrus has been using his talents and sharing his knowledge part-time as a producer at MHM. Chris plays several instruments and shines as a vocalist. Equally at home working with many styles from hard rock to acoustic balladry, Chris is gifted as a teacher during the studio process and enjoys helping his clients reach their goals. In addition to his love of music, Chris is the co-owner of the very successful Mitten Brewing Co. When you meet Chris, ask him about craft beer, his obsession with Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster or the JFK Assasination. Email Chris
Christopher R Andrus