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Since completing both bachelor's and master's degrees in Jazz Studies under the tutelage of David Baker at Indiana University - Burton's legacy and musical career have flourished. He has toured with Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle and Anita Baker as well as with New Edition, Johnta Austin, soul artist PJ Morton, and others. Burton has played keys and sax for numerous Tyler Perry stage productions such as Madea Gets A Job, Madea Goes To Jail, What's Done In The Dark, I Don't Want To Do Wrong, Why Did I Get Married, Laugh To Keep From Crying, Madea's Big Happy Family, Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned, Madea's Neighbors From Hell, and A Madea Christmas. Burton has appeared in the Perry films Madea's Big Happy Family, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, The Family That Preys and Madea's Family Reunion.
Burton has recorded with a long list of jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, gospel, and hip/hop artists including Polow Da Don, Ann Nesby, Jennifer Holliday, PJ Morton, Avery Sunshine, LeCrae, Arrested Development, Marcus Johnson, Kelly Rowland, The Mississippi Mass Choir, and many others. His soulful saxophone can also be heard on the Grammy Nominated "Love Has Finally Come At Last," by Calvin Richardson. Mike was also a featured soloist on Hidden Beach Recordings "Unwrapped Volume 5."
As if his performance credits weren't prolific enough, Burton's television and studio production work extends the list. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, Ellen, TV One and Jimmy Kimmel as a member of Jill Scott's band on The Real Thing tour. He was also on BET Jazz and performed alongside pianist Bobby Lyle on the popular show Studio Jams. Mike was in the house band for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Trumpet Awards (which aired on TVone), the 2015 UNCF Evening of Stars (BET), as well as Season 6 and 7 of BET's hit show Sunday Best. He was also in the house band for the 2011 Dove Awards (Christian Music Awards). Michael frequently appeared on BET's The Mo'nique show as a member of the house band (Big Jim's Penthouse Playas). Burton has also written and/or produced songs for Alex Bugnon, Terrell Carter, Christian Keyes, Chandra Currelley, Laurie Walker and Melvin Miller. Mike has three CDs to his credit, "Sojourn" and "Soulful" and "The Producer."
Most recently, Mike and a few of his musician friends put together the Good Times Brass Band, a horn driven band with a funky blend of New Orleans style second line and DC GoGo. They have been featured on the 2015 Trumpet Awards, as well as the Bravo TV reality shows "I Dream Of NeNe" and 'The New Atlanta." They released an EP in 2013.