American Idol Michael Lynche comes with an inspirational story and a searing, soulful, one-of-a-kind voice. He seamlessly fuses classic R&B, thoroughly modern urban grooves, and swoon-worthy vintage soul into a fresh, unique sound. The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra welcomes Michael Lynche as their featured vocalist at this year’s “Holiday Pops” concert on December 8 and touring appearances through December 11. See performing arts calendar.
Michael represents a new breed of soul singer with classic influences. Traces of Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke and James Brown run through this uniquely talented performer. Undeniable charisma, well-crafted song arrangements and a voice soaked in soul give the Michael Lynch class that’s all his own. “Big Mike” — as he was known while winning over the hearts of a nation during the 9th season of American Idol — has talent so versatile he can play an intimate jazz & blues club, a 20,000-seat arena, an opera house and symphony hall. Through it all “Big Mike” says he has always had one singular goal: “to spread a message of love,” wherever he goes.
A New York City resident for the last 10 years and a Florida native, Michael rose from obscurity when he became a finalist on American Idol. After Idol, and after performing throughout the US as part of American Idol LIVE!, Big Mike has released two studio albums, toured as an opening act for Boyz II Men, Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, and Lyfe Jennings and recently took his own show overseas for the first time to headline a tour of the Mediterranean.
Since 2012, Big Mike has been a frequent featured guest vocalist with Maestro Jeff Tyzik and his hit show “Let’s Dance!” With the perfect repertoire to showcase his dynamic song range, “Let’s Dance!” has been performed with orchestras all over the US and Canada, including the Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra – where Lynche was also the 2016 New Year’s Eve Special featured vocalist.
Hear Michael Lynche with the RSO at “Holiday Pops” – December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center. The concert includes traditional holiday favorites with Michael and the RSO, plus the RSO Chorus, Virginia Tech Choirs, and Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir. Michael will debut a his own original holiday song, “Every Merry Christmas.” Tickets and information about Holiday Pops are available at the RSO’s website, rso.com.