Somewhere to Be
Mike Lasala (pronounced luh-sal-uh) is a New Haven, CT based performing singer/songwriter who merges gritty vocals, introspective lyrics, and pop sensibilities to create his unique brand of acoustic rock. Mike's songs convey life lessons, observations, and experiences that seek to reassure others they are not alone on the journey we call life. Mike's muse has taken him from guitarist in a Connecticut-based hard rock band, to wandering troubadour as he spent two and a half months traveling cross-country, to performing songwriter in the coffeehouses of Northern California, and back to the East coast, with each experience serving to strengthen Mike both musically, and as a human being, thus prompting the self-imposed moniker, Acoustic | Rock | Evolving | Soul. October 2003 welcomed the release of Mike's long-awaited debut, Somewhere to Be, which was recorded by Pete Szymanski and mastered by Roger Arnold (R.E.M, Ani DiFranco). With song styles ranging from storytelling (George the Gifter, Ninth Square Marketeer), to life-pondering (I Fell, Everybody Else), to just down right groove-laden (Impatient), Mike's debut has a broad appeal. And so the journey continues as Mike sets his sights on growing a fan base by taking the stage solo, and with the occasional backing band, at coffeehouses, clubs, and street corners throughout the Northeast.