Detroit-born, my family moved north to the Saginaw, Michigan area via Cleveland around 1963. I cut my musical teeth in local basements and garages and eventually made it to the stage, playing with a number of Michigan-area bands in the shadows of legends like Bob Seger, Dick Wagner (The Bossmen, The Frost, Ursa Major, Alice Cooper), Iggy and the Stooges, and The MC5. Beginning in 1968, I performed and recorded with a string of rock and acoustic groups (The Zoo, Saginaw, The Fadeaways) and then in 1974 co-founded The Gilmour Brothers, a Bridgeport, Michigan based Irish-American quartet. Prior to the summer of 1987 (when I ceased performing and took a desk job overseas), The Gilmour Brothers toured the Midwest and Eastern U.S. and Canada, performing at clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals, and produced four albums and a local publc access TV show. During the period 1968-1987, when I was actively involved in public performance, the bands I performed with were privileged to share the stage with a number of prominent artists, including Grand Funk Railroad, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, The Earl Scruggs Revue, Jean Ritchie, John Hartford, Steve Goodman, Joe Hickerson, Liz Carroll, and others.
Since 1987, I’ve worked primarily outside of music and traveled extensively throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. I experienced something of an artistic and spiritual renaissance in Budapest around 2000 and since that time have focused exclusively on songwriting and composition under the pseudonyms Wyatt Grayson (country) and Michael Johannson (classical). I have a plan for the new year to publish certain Christian pieces under the pseudonym Ananisong.
My home is in Harpers Ferry, WV.