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Became the founding drummer and one of the two driving members of Capitol Record’s iconic Canadian Recording Artists ‘GLASS TIGER’.
Glass Tiger (as “TOKYO”) plays live with Boy George and Culture Club at Maple Leaf Gardens, and at a pivotal moment are discovered by Capitol Records. Capitol/EMI soon after signs the band to a full record deal.
Recording : On the first GLASS TIGER record done at Morin Heights Studios in Quebec, Hanson worked alongside renowned Producer/Writer Jim Valance (Bryan Adams, Aerosmith).
"Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone", "Someday" etc. released on Glass Tiger’s Debut THIN RED LINE Album.
Wrote hit songs “You’re What I look For”, “I Will Be There”
Co-wrote hit song “I’m Still Searchin’” (Glass Tiger) – #1 in Canada, #11 on Billboard U.S.A
1986 - 1988
Receive 5 (five) JUNO AWARDS
Multiple Global Songwriting Awards
Multi-Platinum & Gold Record sales International
Receives GRAMMY NOMINATION
WORLD TOURS (MAIN):
Honeymoon Suite (Canada)
Major U.S “Raised On Radio” tour with Journey (USA)
Tina Turner (Europe) M
The Moody Blues (USA / The Hollywood Bowl)
Cheap Trick (U.S.)
Tom Cochrane (Canada)
1986 - 1988
Departs Glass Tiger, signs as a staff songwriter to WARNER BROTHERS.
Receive Gold Record (Germany) for ‘Julianne Werding’ on hit song ‘Love Will Find A Way’
Co-Wrote in Los Angeles U.S.A. for Warner Bros. 12 Songs working with the following writers:
Susan Pomerantz (Chicago, Cher)
Sue Shiffron Cassidy (Chicago)
John Bettis (Carpenters, Madonna, Pointer Sisters
Brad Buxxer (Michael Jackson)
Scott Humphries (Rob Zombie)
Eddie Swartz (Pat Benetar, America)
Releases debut Solo Project ‘Earthboy’ as artist.
Hit Single “Showers Over Everyone” achieves heavy rotation on Much Music.
Opened Studio “Tornado Alley” – Studied and Trained as a producer / programmer in Logic and Pro Tools.
Produced over 35 full CDs for various artists, continued to write & build songwriting catalogue.
Played with Canadian Band “Fludd” for short period on drums.
Wrote, Produced, Arranged, played guitars, drums, backing vocals with artist ‘Farmer’s Daughters’ on new country singer “DONNIE WALLACE”s debut CD which was released and received airplay across Canada. Hit single debut “Here Comes Love”.
Kim Mitchell quotes Hanson to be “one of Canada’s most prolific songwriters” on “New Frontiers” Special on CMT.
Television Segment on WTN special, highlighting Michael’s career.
Article on Hanson in National Post, front cover, Arts & Leisure Section.
Musical Director, Songwriter, and wrote the theme for Global Television’s NHL affiliate show “Full Contact Fishing” (Leafs TV).
Writing / Producing various new artists at Hanson’s newly built ALTRAVOX STUDIOS in Mississauga, ON.
2000 - 2010
Re-joins longtime GLASS TIGER writing partner Alan Frew. Their first musical creation of many becomes an entry for the upcoming theme to the PAN AM Games, which was presented live by Michael and Alan to the Games' Toronto Consortium in summer 2010.
Co-wrote and Produced "Free To Be (Canada's Song)" for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Performed the song live at the ACC in Toronto for Hockey Night In Canada with Alan Frew along with other venues such as Leafs TV (live) for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Credited with writing the key “Go Go Go!, Go Leafs Go!” music hook
Co-Wrote / Produced 3-song Paulina Gretsky EP (daughter of Wayne Gretsky), who parlayed the results into a Record Deal with Universal Music Canada.
Wrote and performed the first official campaign song for M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drinking and Driving) entitled “Shattered Dreams”.
Co-wrote debut hit single “What About The Time” by Winnipeg band TAKE ME TO THE PILOT (came in on the download charts at number 3 in early 2000).
Wrote, recorded and performed the personal website theme songs for NHL stars Darcy Tucker & Eric Lindros.
Key Composer and Music Director for the second installment of “Full Contact Fishing, a National Sports Television Show with Canadian Entrepreneur / TV personality Mike Kensit.
Music Composer / Producer : “Fight Exchange” (Super Channel Reality Series )
Wrote for & Produced multiple independent music artist projects over this period
(pop, rock, heavy rock, Indie)
“If You Think I’m A Joke” Feature Documentary / Anti-Bullying Campaign (#nojoke)
Armed with only a single cameraman and a song called “Think I’m A Joke” offered up by Michael Hanson, unknown artist Andrew Cole of Liverpool, England knocks on the doors of major celebrities all over the world, and successfully films a charity awareness drive against “bullying”, which is now completed as a Hollywood Feature Documentary, directed by Andrew Lipsig (March of the Penguins) and narrated by Morgan Freeman. Top celebrity performers from all over the world are filmed commenting on bullying and are subsequently recorded (and filmed) performing on Hanson’s song “Do You Think I’m A Joke” each in various studios over a 2 year period. Celebrities include Charlie Sheen, Ron Sexsmith, Lights, Randy Bachman, Julian Lennon, Cedric The Entertainer, Sharon Osbourne, Slash, and many more. Actor Jeff Goldblum is filmed playing the piano (piano / music written by Hanson). Harrison Ford among others have given the project a riveting testimonial, stating it “it has a terrific chance to win an Oscar”.
Receives National Award from the CCAA (see above)
(Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness) for original song “If You Think I’m A Joke” (#nojoke).
Composes and Produces Soundtrack “THE SHEIK” (feature Documentary) which is picked up by Hot Docs and premiered to a full house in Toronto.
Compose / Produces Jingle - Radio Ad “Pro Oil Change” (wins advertising award in Canada)
Music Composer / Music Producer for film “Mummers” (premiered at CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2014).
“Michael Hanson Songwriting Challenge”
A unique ground-breaking opportunity created by Michael Hanson and Hanson’s friend Glen Daniel, in which he visits schools across Canada to speak on songwriting and the music business. Songwriter/performers in the school then apply to take part in an interactive seminar delivered by Hanson in “Hit Songwriting 101” in which they try to create an original piece of music.
Music Composer / Music Producer and composed/performed all Original Songs: “The Money Movie”
Music Composer for Flagship Episode of “The Nature Of Things” (“Giraffes - The Hidden Giants”)
Wrote / Co-Wrote, arranged & Produced over 23 independent music artist releases over the 3 year period (pop, rock, heavy rock, Indie)
Hanson Entertainment / Radar Love Records:
Hanson debuts a multifaceted entertainment company / Music Production House for Original Scores & Soundtrack Music, as well as Indie Music Label Radar Love Records. As well as creating and delivering original songs and soundtracks for television and feature film, it includes a Film Division responsible for the creation of original Feature Films, Documentaries, Reality Series, Netflix Series etc. as well as TV and radio Commercials.
Music Soundtrack Composer / Music Producer / Original Songs “Much Too Young”
(Feature Documentary on Altzheimers Desease)
Wrote / Co-Wrote, arranged & Produced approx 10 independent music artist releases throughout the year (pop, rock, heavy rock, Indie)
Release of YOUTUBE VIDEO “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen)
Music Composer / Music Producer / Original Songs: “Political Blind Date” Television Series
Music Composer / Producer / Original Songs: “The War Veteran’s Channel” Internationally acclaimed Website Channel
“Michael Hanson is one of Canada’s most prolific songwriters” – Kim Mitchell
Michael Hanson is a 5-Time JUNO AWARD winner, GRAMMY Nominated founder, drummer, songwriter, and original member of iconic Capitol EMI Records band GLASS TIGER from 1985 to 1990.
Most recently a recipient of a National Humanitarian Award from the CCAA for one of his compositions (which made International news), Michael Hanson has garnered music awards from all corners of the globe, from Gold and Multi-Platinum Music Sales to advertising awards for his original music.
Now the peak of his career, he is now composing and Producing outstanding new original soundtrack music for film & television series daily in his Mississauga Ontario Digital Studios, as well as groundbreaking Logo Sound Bites for Corporate Logos and website development music.
Additionally, Michael is writing and recording for new and established artists for which he has most recently created a new multifaceted Canadian Indie Entertainment Company “Radar Love Records” - which also includes a Full Scale Music Production facility, Film Music Division and Film Development.
Michael Hanson is best known in the business as one of the fastest ‘songwriting hook’ talents available, with a pop sensibility for writing hit songs and Original Soundtrack music that is among the very elite in the world.