The talent with the pen can lead a person in multiple directions. It let Mike Blakely write songs and books.As a singer/songwriter, he has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and has made16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, John Arthur Martinez, Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Pauline Reese, and others. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.
As an author, he has published 17 books released by major New York City publishers. His last two books were co-written, one with Willie Nelson, the other with Kenny Rogers. Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, once for Best Western Novel of the year, and once for Best Western Song of the year.
Today, Mike plays more as a solo artist, or in a duo or trio configuration at listening rooms, house concerts, festivals, and private parties. His career as a novelist leads to many non-traditional concerts at bookstores, libraries, writers conferences, and book clubs.