Michael P. Naughton is a seasoned lead singer and performer. He is also a gifted advanced guitar player (lead, acoustic, classical and flamenco), and a lyricist and poet who also enjoys playing keyboards and harmonica.
Below: Lead Vocalist & Guitarist MICHAEL P. NAUGHTON sings Alice in Chains “Got Me Wrong.” All vocals, harmonies, acoustic guitar, lead guitar and bass performed by Michael P. Naughton.
MICHAEL P. NAUGHTON sings the Stone Temple Pilots & Scott Weiland’s “Atlanta.”
Michael P. Naughton sings Stone Temple Pilots “Sex Type Thing” live at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood.
Lead vocalist MICHAEL P. NAUGHTON sings The Doors’ “You’re Lost Little Girl,” Aerosmith’s “Seasons of Wither,” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (2017).
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS DEMO SUBMISSION
I recorded my demo submission for Stone Temple Pilots on March 6, 2016. Performing live is always different than recording in the studio. My approach to this demo submission was not to imitate Scott Weiland (Scott was a “chameleon” in his own words). His voice and growth over six Stone Temple Pilots albums was fascinating and edifying to revisit and study. At times, Scott Weiland did not sound like Scott Weiland… and that was the big takeaway. He represents, like David Bowie, how the voice is an instrument and meant to be explored melodically and lyrically (Scott was also a gifted lyricist).
I came out of this rewarding experience with the utmost respect for for STP and the late Scott Weiland.
He can never be replaced.
MICHAEL P. NAUGHTON took guitar lessons at Fiddler’s Music Company located in
Detroit at Mack and Outer Drive. He was taught guitar by MC5 guitarist. Bach’s Bouree and Spanish Caravan by The Doors caught his attention on classical guitar early on as a teenager and classical guitar has been a constant passion ever since. He attributes his precision and gifted ear to mastering classical guitar pieces. He used to slow RPMs down to 16 to learn Jimmy Page, Hendrix and Van Halen leads note-for-note. At 16 years old he became a vocalist because there was never anyone that could sing to his liking. He was playing Detroit rock clubs at 17 (using a fake ID) years old and began catching attention of managers and agents. He played over the next five years constantly to packed venues such as Harpos in Detroit, Traxx, The Ritz, Token lounge and many other venues. When he left Detroit for Los Angeles in the 90s and booked shows on Sunset Strip and played The Whiskey A Go-Go, The Roxy and Coconut Teaser (the owner of the Coconut Teaser booked his band frequently and noted his talent). He contacted Billy Idol’s engineer Dave Concors, to engineer a demo for his group at the time and got the tape to Geffen (the band split up shortly thereafter unfortunately). Naughton then went on to record with a new band, once again playing guitar and lead vocals. He continues to play professionally, write original songs, lyrics and poetry.
He is a Baritone with tenor range.
Musical Sensibilities: Eric Burdon, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Steven Tyler, Andy Williams, Gordon Lightfoot, Fred Neil, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, Otis Redding, Taj Mahal, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, and movie soundtracks. John Barry is one of his favorite film composers. He could talk endlessly about music and has eclectic taste. Instruments: Advanced Classical Guitarist (Barrios, Tarrega, Sor, Bach etc.). Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano.
“Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.” — Andres Segovia