A native son of Halifax N.S, Michael Phillips, aka Mighty Lopez, is a multi-instrumental singer-songwriter drawing on influences from classic Americana & Canadiana roots. As frontman of the band "Jughead", who Stompin' Tom Connors referred to as "one mean little street band", Lopez co-wrote & co-produced Jughead's debut CD "Uncorked" (1993) featuring their "Hockey Song", which was awarded a gold record as part of Attic Records compilation "Contact".
The follow-up to his debut solo CD "Mighty Lopez" (2013) will be released in the spring, 2017. "Tales From the Wood" is a 12-song collection of compositions & collaborations featuring songs written & co-written by M. Phillips, Sean Cotton (of the Canadian folk duo "The Undesirables" fame) & George Axon, who not only produced & engineered the recording at his studio in Mississauga, Ont. (Axon Studios), but also added his mandolin, dobro & lap-steel guitar. Other musical guests include Lopez' big brother Brigham Phillips, long-time musical director for John MacDermott & currently The Four Tenors, on the trumpet & Aide Mason, long-time guitarist for Anne Murray, on the fiddle.
Now residing in Huntsville Ont, Lopez is active in the local music scene as a solo, a duo with George (a seasonal resident), & as a bass player for Sean Cotton's "Doghouse" & "The Muskoka Connection", which serves as as a backing band for several local original artists such as Pam Millar, Paul Lagendyk & Riley Towns & local groups such as Mad Raven Dinner Theater & The Muskoka Rock Choir. You can hear Lopez regularly on local radio station Hunters Bay Radio.