The Making Of ‘Silver Lining’ – Watch the trailer

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Hi friends – Now that my new album Silver Lining is out and off to a fantastic start (we debuted #4 on the BILLBOARD jazz sales chart) I thought it would be interesting for you to see some behind the scenes and in-depth clips and stories about the making of it. The journey recording this album has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I’m so happy to share it with you.

Enjoy, ML

New album ‘Silver Lining’ out now

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Dear friends – Well, the time has come! Silver Lining is finally here. It’s been 2 years in the making and what a fun journey it has been. From L.A. to Memphis to N.Y. and everywhere in between. This has been the most fun and rewarding album I have recorded to date on so many levels. I couldn’t have done without my producer Barry Eastmond, my special guests Dave Stewart & William Bell and of course all the extremely talented musicians, engineers and my incredible team. I am so proud of this project and I hope you have enjoyed hearing samples of the new music but now you can hear the full album. I am currently in Washington DC where I will be opening for Barry Manilow tonight and tomorrow – What a way to kick off this release. I appreciate your friendship so much and can’t wait to see you on the road.


With gratitude,

New single “Jaywalking” ft. Paul Jackson Jr | Stream, pre-order and download now

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When I first started playing the sax, one of the first albums I listened to was David Sanborn’s Straight To The Heart. I loved the interplay between Sanborns’s sax and Hiram Bullock’s guitar so I wrote and recorded JAYWALKING based on that idea. I invited one of the greatest guitarists, Paul Jackson Jr. to join me, and I’m really thrilled with how it turned out.


– ML

New single “People Get Ready” ft. William Bell | Stream, pre-order and download now

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One of the highlights of making Silver Lining was working with one of the original Soul men, William Bell. I am so excited for you to get the behind the scenes look at the making of our song, the Curtis Mayfield classic PEOPLE GET READY. This was such a fun experience to record and film this at the very historic Royal Studios in Memphis, TN and I think you can get the sense from the video how authentic and organic the process was.


– ML

New Album ‘Silver Lining’ Out June 8th | Stream “City Life” ft. Dave Stewart Now

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I am so excited and proud to announce the release of my 10th album, Silver Lining, out June 8th. Pre-order and listen to the first single “City Life” ft. Dave Stewart by clicking here. (Read more below.)

We have been working on this project for 2 years, writing new songs and recording. It has taken us from Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles to Royal Studios in Memphis and many other locations including New York and the Bahamas. This one may be my favorite because of the songs and the pure joy of recording live in the studio with some of greatest musicians in the world including my special guests; Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics), Ray Parker Jr, William Bell, Paul Jackson Jr, Lenny Castro, Teddy Campbell, Freddie Washington and even the original funk brother Jack Ashford and so many more amazing talented musicians. I also must mention my co-writer and producer Barry Eastmond who at the helm has created such a fun, uplifting feel-good record! I can’t wait for you to hear all the new music and see you at my live shows. I have some really fun things planned with my band and special guests, including the amazing Kenny Lattimore and also just announced – my band and I have been invited once again to open up for Barry Manilow. Thank you to every single one of you for being such a great friend and supporter through the years. Hope you enjoy the new music and can’t wait to see you again soon. – ML

Michael at Blue Note Napa

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Michael and band will be at the Blue Note jazz club in Napa, CA October 4th to 7th for eight shows. See details and ticket link in tour section.

Blue Note Hawaii – Sep. 12 & 13

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Michael and Band performs for the first time at The Blue Note Jazz Club in Honolulu, Hawaii – September 12 & 13, 2017 – 2 shows per night. For details and tickets go to tour section.

Franklin, TN benefit concert

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Team Innis Productions is proud to announce the 3rd Annual “Jammin For One Gen Away” Concert, September 26, 2017, at the historic Franklin Theatre.

Contemporary saxophonist Michael Lington returns to headline for the third time, along with the debut of country duo, The Okies, with Oklahoma Hall of Fame Members Dave Innis and Paul Gregg of Restless Heart fame.

The star-studded event, hosted by Newschannel 5 anchor Steve Hayslip, will feature a celebration of One Generation Away and their work to eliminate hunger in America. All artists are donating their time and talent and 100% of the proceeds will benefit OneGen. For every dollar raised, OneGenAway can purchase $16 of nutritious food to distribute to families in need in Middle Tennessee.

The event will include legendary musicians and artists from LA to Nashville, including guest stars Heath Wright of Ricochet fame, and Country Soul singer/songwriter James Otto. Bruce Gaitsch, Tim Denbo, Scott Sheriff, Dan Needham, and Keith & Janna Landry comprise the world class house band, among other surprise guests!

Says Innis, “We are so grateful to continue to bring awareness to an exceptional charity three years in a row, fighting hunger & poverty in our community and beyond. To be able to amass such a talented group of entertainers each year who all generously give of themselves is humbling. You don’t want to miss this show!”

To inquire about VIP seating packages which include an invitation to our premiere VIP Cocktail Pre-show Party with the Stars, or to inquire about block seating for 4, please email tickets4onegen@gmail.com .

To learn more about One Generation Away and “Jammin for One Gen Away”, visit www.onegenaway.com and #JoinTheMovement!