Michael Benedict


YOLA at HOLA Music Instructor

Michael Benedict has been a freelance musician in Los Angeles music since 1980, performing live and recording with numerous artists and projects.

Growing up in Pompano Beach, Florida, he first started performing at school dances, nightclubs, and local theaters, including the Burt Reynolds Theater and Parker Playhouse. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he started working with Broadway composer and producer Frank Wildhorn, Commodores singer JD Nicholas, and recorded numerous sessions for Motown, ATV, and Crysalis publishing companies.

Some of his film and television works include Larry the Cable Guy, Someone to Watch Over Me, and cartoons, Fatherhood, Peanuts (new episodes), Ozzy and Drix, Life with Louie, and The Proud Family,

Michael’s live work includes touring nationally and internationally with Donna Summers, Pat Boone, the Four Tops, numerous corporate and private events, as well as local theater, including productions of Smokey Joe’s Café, Al Jolson at the Winter Garden, The Danny Kaye Story, and A Chorus Line and Gypsy.  Michael has also been a guest soloist and clinician at many colleges and high schools. In 1994, he released his first CD, Skin to Earth, on Remba Records.

Michael resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 31 years, Marissa, a professional trumpet player. He has 3 children, and enjoys fishing, the outdoors, cooking, and playing tennis.