Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Student Spotlight: Michael Mullins

Michael Mullins has been playing piano since he was nine, but found his immense love for music during a high school performance with his show choir; he doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon.

“Just singing in front of everyone, hearing the applause, that’s really what did it for me. I was like, ‘this is what I want to do.’ It’s almost like I was on a four wheeler or a dirt bike, doing a wheelie for the first time, the adrenaline rush, that’s almost how it is every time I sing in front of somebody, and I’m addicted to it,” he said.

He’s now a student of our new Professional Music program here at Vol State, where he was first encouraged to pick up a guitar only four months ago.

“I was told I’d never make it in the country music industry if I don’t play acoustic guitar. So, that’s what’s driven me to learn it so fast and to keep learning. I’m no expert by any means, but every day is a new day … I’m excited to see what I can do in the next couple of months.”

Michael said he writes about two to three songs per week. He frequently performs his original music at shows in Tennessee. He’s still contemplating his plans after Vol State and said he’s excited for whatever comes his way in life.

“I get that it’s hard. I get that it’s a huge competition and industry. But, it’s music, it’s what I love. It’s a huge part of my life, that’s why I’m wanting to spend the rest of my life on a stage.”

Here’s a plot twist, Mullins is also a volunteer firefighter in Pleasant View, Tennessee; he said wanted the life experience of it, yet he remains laser focused on his musicianship.

For more information on our Professional Music program please visit:

-By Rachel Keyes

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