Seattle vocalist, Michael Wansley, became a household name in the summer of 2012. With every “Thrift Shop” popped tag and spent $20 bill, Wanz, as he’s now better known, solidified his place as King of the Refrain. His booming voice and indelible, flashy persona helped earn the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis track, on which he's featured, billions of spins. Finally, his dream had come true.
But even before these golden days, Wanz had dedicated his life to song. Some of his earliest memories include performing for classmates, church choirs and talent shows growing up in Lakewood, WA. And that creative, centralizing impulse hasn’t diminished, even after winning two Grammy Awards. In 2018, Wanz was cast in the Seattle Opera Chorus performance of Porgy & Bess and he continues to sing the National Anthem to tens of thousands of fans prior to games for the Seahawks, Sounders FC and the Mariners.
With roots in R&B, rock, jazz and gospel, the Billboard-topping chorus crooner, who also tutors vocal students in the Seattle-area, continues to write and record new tracks, even releasing one in honor of his late musical hero, Nate Dogg, that featured the famed west coast rapper, Warren G. And while one late-night call to a music studio changed Wanz’ life forever, it was the musician’s five decade-long dedication to song that ensured success.