Mike Posner & Adam Friedman performing at Jammin Java-Nina Tour- Image by MoreCowbellLiv
Mike Posner & Adam Friedman performing at Jammin Java-Nina Tour- Image by MoreCowbellLiv

If I could write you a song, to make you, fall in love, I would already have you right under my arm…

You never say hey, or remember my name, it’s probably cause you think you’re cooler, than me.

Know the song?  Did you ever watch the video? It is actually pretty awesome: Cooler Than Me.

I love this song.  No doubt about it.  It is danceable pop at its finest.  Your shoulders start moving, your head starts bopping..left..right..left..right and the next thing you know the song is stuck in your head.  Over and over again.  There is a talent to that type of songwriting.  The talent’s name is Mike Posner.  Check out this clip of him performing this song acoustically during a recent performance of his, that I was lucky enough to attend!

Posner, a word magician and lyrical wizard has written hits for artists such as Little Wayne, Big Sean, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Justin Bieber, and Maroon 5 to name a few.  Did you know that Sugar was originally written by Mike Posner himself?  The song was eventually adapted and released by Adam Levine and Maroon 5.  Yet, another successful song on the air, courtesy of yours truly, Mike Posner.  Here is clip of Posner performing it at one of his shows, prior to its larger release by Maroon 5.

It turns out that from the Bow Chicka Wow Wow days…until now, there has been a pretty major transformation taking place in Posner’s life.  I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see him perform live at Jammin Java a couple of months ago, and he spoke about the fear of the unknown.  The fear of branching out and wondering if his fans would accept the change in direction that his music has taken.  The days of recording more synthesized pop hits are in the past for him at this time, but his storytelling ability and his vocals shine in this new version of him.  He took a more reflective approach to his music, slowed down a bit in life, and the result was the creation of an incredible collection of songs that he has just released on his new EP called The Truth.

On this late July evening, he took to the stage with nothing more than his guitar and one of his best friends, fellow talented musician Adam Friedman (stay tuned for a future feature on Adam), and Posner drew the audience in immediately.

Mike Posner performing at Jammin Java with Adam Friedman- Image by MoreCowbellLiv
Mike Posner performing at Jammin Java with Adam Friedman- Image by MoreCowbellLiv

It was a mixed crowd that night, mostly leaning towards the younger, partying crowd, but when he started to sing the songs off his new EP, you could have heard a pin drop.  Posner displayed a new level of maturity in his song writing, baring his soul in a manner that really connects with the listener this time around.  Here is a live clip of him singing I Took a Pill In Ibiza.

You can listen to the entire song here:

It is a thought provoking journey for the avid listener.  Posner tells you exactly how he got here today.

All of the songs on Posner’s new EP have a certain kind of edge that will appeal to a much broader age range of listeners.  The stories he tells are full of heartfelt emotion and experiences, both good and bad, that have certainly changed his perspective on things.  To date, he has only released four songs on this EP.  I am hopeful that this is just the beginning of a project that will develop into a long term venture.

Posner backs his songwriting with a demonstration of his ability to go unplugged on the guitar and on the piano throughout this project.  I find his solo song on the piano to be one of the major highlights of this EP.  It showcases Posner for who he really is…a talented artist that has taken a chance to bare his soul and focus on real music that keeps it real for him.   I have a soft spot for one song specifically on his EP The Truth, and if you are from the Detroit area, or have a fondness for the soul and heart of this great city, you will certainly appreciate this song.  It hits home with those who grew up in a city and have since left to build their lives elsewhere or those who have traveled to far away lands.  No matter how amazing these other places may be (I’m in this same boat)…home will always be home.  For a city like Detroit that has certainly seen its share of tough times, I think this is a beautiful tribute to it. I hope the city uses this song as an anthem in the future.

Buried in Detroit speaks volumes, especially coming from a talented younger artist like Posner, who has grown up there and has made it to the top, but continues to evolve as an artist.

I thought that his live performance of this was inspiring and emotive.  Here is a clip of it:

I leave you with a final note that revolves around something we should all aspire to do.  We should take it to heart like he has in his new music.  The Truth EP includes this powerful message.  He reminds us to just: Be As You Are.

Posner certainly has done so at the risk of losing a fan based that was previously devoted to his more livelier pop songs.  He closed the show I attended with this song, and I left there with a new found respect for Posner as an artist, and with a greater understanding of him. I hope that I have encouraged you to listen to more of his music and to enjoy his new EP.

He is one of the most talented songwriters and artists of our generation.

Visit: http://mikeposner.com/ to support and follow this artist.  FYI, I follow his blog and I really enjoy following him on his life adventures.  He has a great sense of humor.  He reminds us to Be As You Are.

Mike, I hope to cross paths with you and see you perform live again in the near future.  Thank you for taking a risk and releasing this EP.  Also, thank you for inspiring me.  I’m planning to surprise my mom soon…so stay tuned.

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