Local wedding musician has global goals
Michael Sean Miller isn’t your average wedding musician. Some might even say the 2004 Oak Ridge graduate’s pulse beats in perfect time.
“At first I started playing guitar when I was 9 years old because my dad did,” said Miller. “I wanted to get good at something he valued, but it ended up I couldn’t shake that’s what I’m supposed to do.”
Miller is a guitar instructor at Nicholson music in Folsom and also makes up one-third of the international flamenco group Los Tres Mediterraneos with world-class Italian guitarist Roberto Corrias and Spanish guitarist Jose Blanco. “It means I’ve accomplished something if these guys want to play with me,” said Miller. “To have three guys from different backgrounds play vibrant music together is incredible.”
Yet Miller’s found his niche as a wedding musician, starting Weddings by Michael several years ago. “I want to give people hope,” he repeated whenever he spoke of his art. “My music directly supports love.”
Miller customizes each couple’s special day and says no two weddings are the same.
“During key parts of the ceremony I can bring in a Bay Area violinist if they want or arrange a guitar duo,” he said of the production role he takes. “I’ve done everything from sing a George Strait song wearing a bolo tie and cowboy hat to performing heavy metal. I’m all about creativity and personalization. Every wedding or event I aim to make a work of art.”
When he meets with couples Miller focuses on what brought them together and their musical influences.
“At the wedding it’s like they’re hearing their love story through music,” he said. “It’s very moving.”
Miller can do just about anything musically for clients, but his heart is classical guitar and playing flamenco and rhumba styles. Still, he “wants to be known as someone who doesn’t want to be like anyone else.”
While studying classical guitar at Sac State, he learned something that can’t be taught in a classroom. “Different musicians have different hearts,” he explained. “Some teachers don’t try to cultivate originality but want you to be a cookie cutter copy of other musicians.”
As a guitar instructor Miller remembers this with his own students; he listens to them, learning what they want to play and what their own goals are instead of his.
Miller is a preferred wedding vendor at The Lake Natoma Inn, The Grand Island Mansion and has performed at “high-end weddings” including for an owner of the Sacramento Kings. The KCRA A-List included Miller in their Top 10 Best Wedding Musicians for 2012 and 2013.
He recently played at the Folsom Bridal Show and at a Tom McClintock election campaign event. Los Tres Mediterraneos will perform May 9 and July 18 at Bella Grace Vineyards in Sutter Creek from 6 to 9 p.m.
“I hope to be world-renowned someday,” said Miller. “My goal in life is to make a meaningful difference in the world, using music to inspire others to be the best they can be. I want my music to comfort, uplift, give peace and help others have a lot of fun.”
For more information call (916) 337-8734 or visit michaelseanmiller.com.