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Back to the roots…

Michael has been around in his musical career, which started back in 1980.

When Michael was 8 years old, the family moved from Copenhagen to Jutland. After a few months his stepfather started the music project “Vildbjerg Garden” and Michael became the first member of this – it was the beginning of a long musical journey.

After “Vildbjerg Garden” it was the rock music that drew and Michael started up the band “Way Up”, which after a few years won a music talent contest at nightclub Jacob’s in Aarhus. The victory in the music contest gave “Way Up” a record contract, which the band never exploited. Some of the band members wanted to follow their education instead of believing in a music career, and soon after the band vanished.

Soon after the split up of “Way Up” a couple of the members formed “Northern Affairs” as Michael quickly joined in. For more than a year the three bandmembers recorded songs and worked on a album, unfortunally the energy ran out of the band, and the album never hit the streets.

Then it was time to seek new challenges and Michael joined the band “Main Event”, which played Fussion and instrumental heavy rock.

“Main Event” had a several live jobs and was also supporting act to Kim Larsen. Unfortunately, the bass player was killed in a traffic accident, and “Main Event” stopped thereafter.

On the side of the rock career, Michael Kratz worked as studio musician recording with many of the most popular acts in the Danish pop genre. Furthermore also played live with several artists and the last 8 years as drummer in “Kandis”, one of the best selling acts in this genre in Denmark.

Now it os time to get back to the roots, and start from square one and have started to realize his old dream of a career as a rock musician.

– I’ve always had a crazy urge to challenge myself and since I was a teenager, I’ve promised myself to go after my dreams. To test myself as a solo artist is one of them, and it is time for it, says Michael Kratz.

This illustrates just Michael Kratz ‘thoroughness and ambition to really have something to say before he makes an album. On “Cross That Line” he presents his own compositions and English texts – and not least his vocals, scratchy as Bruce Springsteen’s. Names like just Springsteen and Danish Big Fat Snake echoes in Kratz ‘songs, were the drums is also changed out with the guitar.

Read more at the official Michael Kratz website.

Discography

Live Your Live “Japanese Version”

AnderStein Music 2018

Tracks: We All Live In This Nation, Live Your Life, This Town Is Lost Without You, What Did I ..?, Never Take Us Alive, Game Of Love (Over And Over), Lying, Paradise Lost, Shade, Bye Bye, Dying Young, In Between, This Town Is Lost Without You (Acoustic version), I Don’t Know How (Acoustic version), Anni (Holding On Again) (Acoustic version)* & We All Live In This Nation (Acoustic version)*. *Download Only.

Musicians on the Live Your Life album: Michael Kratz, Kasper Viinberg, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, David Garfield, Dom Brown, Christian Warburg, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Mikkel Risum, Janus Bechmann, Ida Lohmann, Ole Kibsgaard, Ole Viinberg, Emma Viinberg, Den Jyske Sangskole & Kenneth Bremer.

Live Your Life “European Version”

Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group 2018

Tracks: We All Live In This Nation, Live Your Life, This Town Is Lost Without You, What Did I ..?, Never Take Us Alive, Game Of Love (Over And Over), Lying, Paradise Lost, Shade, Bye Bye, Dying Young, In Between, This Town Is Lost Without You (Acoustic version)* & I Don’t Know How (Acoustic version)*. * Download only.

Musicians on the Live Your Life album: Michael Kratz, Kasper Viinberg, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, David Garfield, Dom Brown, Christian Warburg, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Mikkel Risum, Janus Bechmann, Ida Lohmann, Ole Kibsgaard, Ole Viinberg, Emma Viinberg, Den Jyske Sangskole & Kenneth Bremer.

Live Your Life “Special Edition”

Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group 2018

Tracks: We All Live In This Nation, Live Your Life, This Town Is Lost Without You, What Did I ..?, Never Take Us Alive, Game Of Love (Over And Over), Lying, Paradise Lost, Shade, Bye Bye, Dying Young & In Between.

Musicians on the Live Your Life album: Michael Kratz, Kasper Viinberg, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, David Garfield, Dom Brown, Christian Warburg, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Mikkel Risum, Janus Bechmann, Ida Lohmann, Ole Kibsgaard, Ole Viinberg, Emma Viinberg, Den Jyske Sangskole & Kenneth Bremer.

What Did I ..?

Hypnotized Records 2017

Tracks: What Did I ..?.

Musicians on the What Did I ..? single: Michael Kratz, Dom Brown, Kasper Viinberg and others.

Cross That Line (Re-Recorded)

Hypnotized Records 2017

Tracks: Cross That Line, I Don’t Know How, Need You To Be Mine, Sleeping Mama, Don’t You Know, Untill We’re Together, Holding On Again (Anni), Lonely Soldier, Hypnotized, You And I Are Meant To Be, Like Father Like Son & Evil Rumours.

Musicians on the Cross That Line (Re-Recorded) album: Michael Kratz, Ole Viinberg, Kasper Viinberg, Kim Eskesen, Lasse Baggenæs, Niels “N.O” Ole Thorning & Janus Bechmann.

Live Your Life

Hypnotized Records 2017

Tracks: Live Your Life.

Musicians on the Life Your Life single: Michael Kratz, Kasper Viinberg and others.

Rock That Line – Pre 2017 CTL Sessions

Hypnotized Records 2017

Tracks: Cross That Line, Holding On Again, Hypnotized & I Don’t Know How.

Musicians on the Rock That Line – Pre 2017 CTL Sessions EP: Michael Kratz, Kasper Viinberg, Ole Viinberg and others.

Lying

Hypnotized Records 2017

Tracks: Lying & Lying (recorded live at Fermaten, Herning, DK).

Musicians on the Lying single: Michael Kratz, Kasper Viinberg, Claus Reher-Langberg Naur, Henrik Lynbech, Lasse Baggenæs, Martin Granum & Tony Liotta.

Never Takes Us Alive

Hypnotized Records 2017

Tracks. Never Takes Us Alive & What Did I…?

Musicians on the Never Takes Us Alive vinyl maxi: Michael Kratz, Dom Brown, Kasper Viinberg, Ole Viinberg and others.

We All Live In This Nation

Hypnotized Records 2016

Tracks: We All Live In This Nation.

Musicians on the We All Live In This Nation single: Michael Kratz, Michael Landau, David Garfield, Kasper Viinberg and others.

This Town Is Lost Without You

Get Hypnotized 2015

Tracks: This Town Is Lost Without You.

Musicians on the This Town Is Lost Without You single: Michael Kratz, Steve Lukather, David Garfield, Tony Liotta, Kasper Viinberg, Ole Kibsgaard, Michael Andersen & Lasse Baggenæs.

Missing

Get Hypnotized 2013

Tracks: Like Father Like Son & Sleeping Mama.

Musicians on the Missing album: Michael Kratz, Ole Viinberg, Kasper Viinberg, Hanna Therasa Henriksen.

Need You To Be Mine

Get Hypnotized 2013

Tracks: Need You To Be Mine.

Musicians on the Need You To Be Mine single: Michael Kratz, Ole Viinberg, Kasper Viinberg, Hanna Therasa Henriksen.

Cross That Line

Get Hypnotized 2013

Tracks: 1: Cross That Line

Musicians on the Need You To Be Mine single: Michael Kratz, Ole Viinberg, Kasper Viinberg, Hanna Therasa Henriksen.

If This Is Christmas

Get Hypnotized 2012

Tracks: If This Is Christmas.

Musicians on the If This Is Christmas single: Michael Kratz, Christian Warburg, Kasper Langkjær, HC Röder Jessen, Anna Röder Jessen.

Hypnotized

Get Hypnotized 2012

Tracks: Hypnotized.

Musicians on the Hypnotized single: Michael Kratz, Ole Viinberg, Kasper Viinberg, Hanna Therasa Henriksen.

Need You To Be Mine

Sony Music 2012

Tracks: Need You To Be Mine.

Musicians on the Need You To Be Mine single: Michael Kratz, Ole Viinberg, Kasper Viinberg, Hanna Therasa Henriksen.

Cross That Line

Sony Music 2012

Tracks: Cross That Line, I Don´t Know How, Need You To Be Mine, Sleeping Mama, Don´t You Know, Until We´re Together, Holding On Again (Anni), Lonely Soldier, Hypnotized, You And I Are Meant To Be & Like Father Like Son.

Musicians on the Cross That Line album: Michael Kratz, Ole Viinberg, Kasper Viinberg, Hanna Therasa Henriksen, Kim Eskesen, Lasse Baggenaes, Niels Ole Thorning & Janus Bechmann.

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