Michael Aaron Gallagher grew up around radio stations, where his father was the General Manager, and he often helped out at their events as a child. He eventually took to the radio airwaves for a summer internship in high school as a DJ for Syracuse University’s radio station Z89. Since then, he has attended hundreds of concerts, enjoyed backstage passes and VIP meet-and-greets and worked with numerous contacts in the music business as an entertainment reporter and press photographer.
He has interviewed numerous Grammy award-winning recording artists and musicians in pop, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and instrumental, including saxophone player Kenny G, singer Jennifer Nettles of the country music duo Sugarland, Train (Pat Monahan), Blues Traveler (Tad Kinchla), singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, classic rock band STYX (Chuck Panozzo, James “JY” Young and Ricky Phillips), classic rock band Kansas (Rich Williams), singer and actress Brandy (Drop Dead Diva), Native American singer Joanne Shenandoah (1958-2021), singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, lead singer Harry Wayne “KC” Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band, country music singer Trace Adkins, R&B legend Charlie Wilson, multi-platinum recording artist Clay Aiken, modern rock band There for Tomorrow (Maike Maile), entertainer Lance Bass (*NSYNC), boy band Mindless Behavior, country music singer Kellie Pickler (American Idol), country music vocal group Little Big Town (Phillip Sweet), country music group The Band Perry (Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry & Neil Perry), country music duo Steel Magnolia (Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones), country music singer Sunny Sweeney, country music singer Justin Moore, country music singer Chris Young, country music singer David Nail, country music singer Jake Owen, singer-songwriter Maddi Jane, singer-songwriter Tiffany Alvord, singer-songwriter Sara Skinner, musician Landon Austin, and Academy Award-nominated composer Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).
With VIP access to concerts and as an avid music fan, some of the recording artists he has personally photographed include Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antbellum, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole (1950-2015), Paul McCartney, Kenny G, Boyz II Men, MC Hammer, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Fred Durst, Pherrell Williams, Akon, Kid Cudi, K-Os, Iyaz, Charice, Shontelle, Tinie Tempah, Drake, Taio Cruz, Kardinal Offishall, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Sara Evans, Justin Moore, Kellie Pickler, Katharine McPhee, Chris Young, Lights (Valerie Poxleitner), Kevin Rudolf, 3 Oh! 3, We The Kings, Spose, Blues Traveler, STYX, Kansas, The White Tie Affair, Simple Plan, Plain White T’s, Ed Kowalczyk, Safety Suit, Terrible Things, Hot Chelle Rae, Cartel, The Maine, Stereo Skyline, Artist vs. Poet, Jessie James, Elliot Yamin, Avenged Sevenfold, Flyleaf, All That Remains, Hollywood Undead, The New Cities, The Latency, Walk Off The Earth, Motion Picture Ending, Francis and the Lights, Spyro Gyra, Boz Scaggs, Richie Havens (1941-2013), Gil Scott Heron (1949-2011), John Hammond, Savoy Brown, Aaron Fresh, Mayday Parade, Drew Seeley, Drake Bell, Mitchel Musso, Jordan Pruitt, Keely Marshall, Aviella Winder, Ashlee Keating, Savannah Outen, Brock Storm.