Musician, Actor & Activist
Mike Ellison is a consummate performer who does it all. He is a musician, actor, poet and compelling public speaker. Whether addressing genocide in Rwanda, combating bullying and teen suicide in Detroit, chatting with senators on satellite radio or jamming with Grammy-winning rock legends on stage, the charismatic communicator is always in his element. His presentation is a blend of culture and commentary, history and hip-hop, spoken word and story telling. Mike is equally at ease delivering a commencement address to graduates or exploring Disruptive Innovation Theory in poetic form for senior executives of Fortune 500 companies. He’s an adept emcee for high-level special events, fundraisers and conferences as well. Read More >
Born in Ethiopia, Transformed in Detroit
“Mike Ellison is an inspirational artist who happens to be a talented musician. He uses his music to make the world a better place. His appearance on my radio show, American Voices, produced a wave of positive listener responses.”
“Mike Ellison is a true artist, capable of connecting cultures, genres, and generations. Demonstrating profound comprehension of our education mission, his concerts and productions are among the most entertaining and popular that this institution presents to the public."
“Mike Ellison has reached deep into the creative ether and tapped into something primordial and timeless. He's summoned-up the spirits of his Detroit and African heritage to create a contemporary musical stew unlike any other...He's a visionary, a shaman and an awesome musician!”
“Thought provoking, energizing, amazing, brilliant, authentic, awesome – all used by the 500 plus foundation participants to describe Mike Ellison for his three performances as artist in residence for our 44th annual conference in September 2016.”
“Mike Ellison is one of the great storytellers of the true history of African Americans. Heritage is essential to a people’s sense of themselves and their place in human history and Mike has found a unique way to help draw that connection in message and music. He is simultaneously uber hip and remarkably wise - an irresistible combination.”
"I've seen Mike Ellison perform and speak on several occasions before vastly distinct and diverse audiences, from community fundraisers to executive level black tie events. In each scenario, Mike demonstrated the ability to captivate the audience while making the event truly memorable and inspiring.”
“The first time I saw Mike Ellison perform, I literally stood and cheered. He is a master not just of words and music but also of culture and emotion. He doesn’t just make you think; he demands it. He doesn’t just encourage action; he makes it impossible for you to pretend you didn’t hear him.”
“Mike Ellison was the Master of Ceremonies and provided the entertainment for our annual, black-tie awards ceremony. All 500+ people in attendance extremely enjoyed his energy and professionalism throughout the evening. His interactive approach with the audience ignited the comradery experienced by all.”
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