Michael Cressey was born in California, grew up in Maine, moved back to California in the late 90’s, and came back to New England in 2007. The influence of the two coasts has given him a unique perspective on life and music. Influenced by the LA folk rock sound of the 60’s and 70’s, but rooted in traditional sounds, Cressey’s music is simple and to the point. His hero's are John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, James Taylor, Jerry Garcia, David Gray, etc. In college in the 70's, he was introduced to traditional American and Irish music which also greatly influenced him, witnessed by his affection for the mandolin.
Cressey’s music career began with bands in the late 60’s and early 70’s. While in college he met and began playing bass for David Mallett, a Maine folk singer who gained national prominence. In the late 70’s, Cressey performed on Mallett’s 1st album, which was produced by Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) in Blue Hill, Maine. He took some time off from performing music while he focused on family and his career as a Software Developer. While in California and after, he started performing in several bands, one of which performed at the Lake Arrowhead weekend music venue. These days he mostly does solo acoustic gigs at numerous Farmer's Markets in New England.
Cressey started writing little melodies and chords progressions ever since he picked up a guitar. His songwriting evolved over time and he got interested in recording back in the mid-70's. He started producing his own music in the 80’s, 90’s and to the present. Cressey has released 6 CDs including a compilation of his best music called The Best of Cress in 2005 and his recent CD entitled 65. His most popular songs are Tough Town about Belfast, Maine where he grew up, and The Yankee Flyer which is about a train running through New England during the depression.
Cressey currently lives in Grantham, NH, and has a home studio which he occasionally opens to the public. He specializes in small audio/video projects. In 2017 he recorded Evelyn Cormier's EP entitled Ghost. She was a Top 14 finalist in Season 17 of American Idol. Through this work his studio actually got a short spot in Episode 7, Season 5 of 90 Day Fiancé which featured Cormier.
Cressey spent +30 years as a software developer working for small and large companies, and four years at Dartmouth College. In 2016 he decided he had had enough working for corporations and became an Adjunct Professor working at local community colleges such as VTC and NHTI. In 2017 he applied to graduate school at the Univerity of Maine was accepted in a Master's program and was given a teaching assistant position. In 2019 he graduated with his Master's degree in Spatial Information Science and Engineering from UMaine. In 2022 he accepted a full-time Associated Professor position at NHTI in Concord where he currently teaches.