Michael Grubbs performed in bar bands and musical theater productions before launching Wakey!Wakey!, a pop/rock group that put his piano background and vocal skills to good use. Grubbsâ€™ childhood had been filled with piano lessons -- his mother, a longtime piano teacher, made sure her children practiced the instrument daily -- and he built Wakey!Wakey!â€™s sound upon the influence of Billy Joel, Elton John, Gershwin, and other ivory-pounding songwriters. Signing with Family Records, his group released several buzz-worthy recordings before piquing the curiosity of Mark Schawhn, creator of the long-running TV series One Tree Hill. Schawhn picked one of the band's songs, â€œWar Sweater,â€� to appear during the season six finale, and Grubbs was also recruited to play a recurring role in the show's seventh season. Meanwhile, Wakey!Wakey! continued playing shows in their native New York City while putting the finishing touches on Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said the Last Time I Saw You, which marked the band's full-length debut in early 2010. ~ Andrew LeaheyPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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