Although the band name has been around Milwaukee for many years, most people don't know it's leader, Michael Henszey.
Michael Henszey is an accomplished singer songwriter better known in the early 90's for his studio work with groups like Cheap Trick and Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads.
The Band's latest release, Hanging On, showcases his introspective and personal songwriting style with five original songs. Producer, John Sieger, worked to find more acoustic, guitar driven sound that he felt would compliment Henszey's vocal talents. The result is five songs easily heard next to John Meyer or Jason Mraz. The first single, I Found You was co-written by Willy Porter. Laying down the tracks on this project are a group of pros led by former Narada Artist Kostia on keyboards, John Wheeler on bass, Joe Gorman on guitar and Brad Eggers on drums.
Michael began singing at age four sitting with his dad in the church choir. He remembers hearing one of the girls in his 6th grade music class saying "he has a beautiful voice." That was music to his ears and he began to front many bands thought out high school in the Lake Country area and in college at Arizona State.
Michael returned to Milwaukee to form a nationally recognized recording studio with his brothers, David & Daniel. David went on to become an accomplished producer engineer in Los Angeles recording artists like George Clinton, Live and Brandy. The Henszey brothers reunited to work on the 2011 Project, Hanging On, with brother Dan recording & Dave mixing.
Fans have many chances to Hear Michael & The Bystanders this summer at Shank Hall, Summerfest, Mo's, Trinity Three Irish Pubs, Burk's Lakeside and Zoo Ala Carte.
Jeanna Salzer mixes pop and soul in a way that should be illegal. She has recently discovered the merits of thrift-store synthesizers. No one can pronounce her name. Says Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, "She writes achy, soulful piano-pop tunes that linger pleasantly in the head for hours."