Mike Bravener was born in Etobicoke Onatrio in 1961 and moved to the
maritime's at the age of 15. He currently resides in Fredericton N.B. in a
beautiful home, with a wonderful wife and 4 children.
As a young boy growing up in Southern Ontario Mike would spend a lot of
time at his grandparents cottage in a little place known as Johnson's Harbor.
Just out side of Owen-Sound Mike would spend his days fishing, exploring
and listening to old 78 records and in later years 8 track tapes of some of
the great country and western recording artists ever. It was this influence
that engraved a deep love for classic country on Mike's soul. At the age of 41
Mike left his career as a Clergyman and entered the world of entertainmnet
Mike's 1st cd, available on Itunes, entitled "Sinner" was recorded with The
Rockin Billies. 1000 copies sold in just under 2 years and enjoyed local airplay.
The Rockin Billies played at Harvest Jazz and Blues, CBC Galaxie of Rising
Stars as well as the Sirius XM Radio stage in Collingwood ON. "Sinner"
received great reviews from 3 Rockabilly magazines based in Europe!
Mike, however, is perhaps best known as "Elvis" in and around the Fredericton
area. Mike's Tribute shows have taken him all over New Brunswick and
into Nova -Scotia, Maine, Quebec, and southern Ontario.
He has won many awards in the last few years for his tribute to elvis, Including the 2009 Myspace
Karaoke Championship in which he beat out over 3000 world wide entries.
This win sent him to Memphis where he was declared by Elvis Presley
Enterprises as one of the top 20 Tribute Artists in the world. Mike has also
performed 4 shows with "Elvis" original drummer, and Rock n Roll Hall Of
Fame Member D.J. Fontana. DJ is quoted as describing Mike's show as "One
of the best that I have ever seen" Classic Drummer Magazine in a december
2011 issue referred to Mike as Canada's greatest Elvis Tribute Artist.
His 2nd CD, "Coverin Hank", will features 11 classic Hank Williams Sr. tunes and 3 brand new originals. Every instrument, voice, percussion are all done by Mike and recorded at home in his basement during the winter of 2011-12. Listen close and you can hear the dog's collar, or the sound of a glass tinkling on some songs. It's just like being with Mike in your front room at an old fashioned Kitchen Party.
These tracks were mixed and mastered by Brad Perry at Comptish Studios in Fredericton
Mike's next CD - Chapters ( Adventures In A Bookstore ) is due to go into production in 2016!
Mike is available as a solo artist or with his very talented son, Josh Bravener
and he performs with a 4 piece band, Tom Cat Corner, That plays all your favorite
Vintage Country Songs, Rockabilly, and originals. The boys headlined,
for their debut, at the 2012 Maritime Country Fest!
What's Mike up to today?