MICHAEL ORLAND, Musical Director, Composer
MICHAEL ORLAND is currently the Pianist, Arranger and Associate Musical Director for the hit FOX-TV series American Idol. Through this amazing opportunity, Michael has appeared on Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and a record number of appearances on The Ellen Show. He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Lopez, and Tony Bennett all as a result of American Idol. He also served as a pianist/coach for the successful summer series America's Got Talent (Seasons 1 & 2) and a few seasons back American Juniors and has Associate Produced two hit singles (GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE) for American Idol as well as the hit compilation CD from American Juniors.
Prior to American Idol, television appearances have included The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Leeza, The Maury Povich Show, The Wayne Brady Show, and Geraldo. He also appeared on the hit sitcom “The Nanny" performing an original song. He also played a pianist (it’s a stretch) on the WB sitcom “What I Like About You" and the UPN sitcom Half & Half.
Every winter, Michael musical directs one of the touring companies of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes. And he is now a published author in the best-selling book “Chicken Soup For The American Idol Soul” An accomplished songwriter, his songs have been featured on several daytime soaps and primetime shows. On recordings, he can be heard on Debbie Gravitte’s “Alan Menken Album” and “MGM Album”; Rita McKenzie’s “Ethel Merman’s Broadway”, “Ruthless! The Musical”, and produced and arranged several CD’s for cabaret artists. Michael is currently working on a solo piano album due out soon.