A multi-instrumentalist and composer, John Otott was an accomplished pianist at a young age. Taking up the bass guitar in high school, John went on to play in a series of rock and instrumental jazz bands, sharing the stage with such artists as Lyle Mays (of Pat Metheny fame), Latin star Tania Maria, Grammy award winning sax player Gato Barbieri and Thelonious Monk Jr.
John's talent for orchestration attracted the attention of violinist Julie Metz (Yanni, Pacific Symphony Orchestra) with whom he recorded and released his debut instrumental CD, EXIT REALITY.
EXIT REALITY, in turn, attracted the attention of E! Entertainment Television, for which he composed numerous television spots. John also composed the music for Lisa Duke's "BA," a musical about the life of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
John released a second CD entitled ROAD TRIP under the name John Micheal. ROAD TRIP was released commercially in Taiwan through Sony/BMG.