Long Canadian winters and an insatiable wanderlust are the things that brought Michael LeClerc to where he’s standing now, but those feet may not stay planted for long. Having landed in California by way of Ontario, Ireland and the Cayman Islands, he’s less philosophical about the past than he is about the present, which is all about where he is at right now. If the past is the vehicle, then the music is the highway, the songs marking the miles on a road with no end in sight. As for what started the whole thing, well, you can probably blame Canada.
Chatham, Ontario, is about as far from southern California as you can get in every way. A rural community near the Detroit border, the long, cold winters forced the local kids inside to make noise in garages or basements, starting bands and writing songs with big dreams of ‘getting out’. His first guitar was a twelve string he played strung as a six, bought from a friend for $150. He has been playing and practicing every day since, though lately it’s on a Taylor acoustic, or a Martin.
Music was always part of the original plan, but like many creative types, Michael gravitated towards hospitality, with its potential for global employment and cash in the pocket. It was a way out of his hometown, and a gateway to new adventure, but after a few years the routine began to take its toll. He had always known that music was his future, but didn’t know exactly how it was going to all come together. Taking a hotel job in the Cayman Islands seemed like just another lateral move, but as luck would have it, it was the catalyst that launched him out of the monkey suit and back into music full time.