Michael James Bauer (born September 14, 1960) known professionally as Michael James Bauer Singer-Songwriter is a talented singer-songwriter. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. Michael James Bauer Singer-Songwriter is one of four children born to Herbert Bauer (1927) and Alice Bauer (1931); Michael’s parents are both children of immigrants from Germany. Michael James Bauer began his musical career as a young boy, learning to play drums in elementary school. Michael James Bauer played snare drum on “Little Drummer Boy” at Christmas Midnight Mass in both 7th and 8th grade when he attended Saint Emily’s School in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

He also played drums on “We May Never Pass This Way Again” (Seals and Croft) with the school music teacher at his classes’ graduation event. At the age of 12, Michael James Bauer was recognized as the first “Carrier of the Year” by the Mount Prospect Herald newspaper. In high school, singer-songwriter Michael James Bauer performed in various school functions and began playing with other musicians in different high school bands. After graduating from Saint Viators High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Singer-songwriter Michael James Bauer studied music theory, voice, and piano in college. Michael James Bauer began playing professionally in the early 1980s in a variety of bands, all Original, Wedding, Rockabilly, Top 40 and Country. Michael James Bauer Singer-Songwriter started writing his own music in his late teens. One of his first bands, “Token”, played several gigs in the Chicago metro area and opened several national bands. “Token” recorded a self-titled album Token in 1984. Michael James Bauer married his wife Karen in 1985. Michael James Bauer and his wife Karen moved to Mundelein, Illinois.

Mike and Karen have 4 children, Kristina, Lauren, Michelle and Alex. At the time of this article, Michael James Bauer has 8 soon to be 9 grandchildren. While living in Mundelein, Illinois, Michael served as President of the Lock Lomond Property Owners Association for 2 years. Loch Lomond is a neighborhood of 600 homes and has a 75 acre lake with 2 beaches. Also, while living in Mundelein, Illinois. Michael James Bauer was a soccer coach for the AYSO (American Youth Soccer Association) Michael James Bauer was also a coach for the MSTA (Mundelein Soccer Travel Association) and was named first coach of the year for the MSTA. While in Illinois, Michael James Bauer worked as a body shop manager for Joe Mitchell Buick (1978-1981) Keystone Chevrolet (1981-1983) Fields Cadillac (1983-1985) Glenview Auto Body (1985- 1997) and Arlington Auto Body (1997-2004). In 2004, Michael James Bauer moved to Naples, Florida to pursue his dream of owning his own business. In Naples, Michael James Bauer opened a Collison repair business named Pineridge Coach Works. The collision repair business is very thriving.

Pineridge Coach Works has one of the best body repair reputations in Naples, Florida. Some of the professional business achievements of Michael James Bauer are as follows. Former instructor for I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) I-CAR Certified Platinum Repair Technician. Former NAPLES Group (Naples Area Professional League of Executive Services) President Michael James Bauer sold the company in 2021 and now spends much of his time working on the art of songwriting. Singer-songwriter Michael James Bauer can be regularly seen performing various “Open Mics” in the Naples, Florida area. Michael regularly travels to Nashville and other destinations to attend songwriting seminars and events.

Singer-songwriter Michael James Bauer is a member of NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International. And was recognized by NSAI as “One to Watch” in February 2022.