House music vocal great left his mark in a way many can only hope for.
Michael Procter 59 passed away on January 23, 2020. He was born July 17th in Peoria, Illinois (two-half hours outside of Chicago). He started his career in Los Angeles (following the footsteps of his famous relative comedian Richard Pryor). Working for Motown records led him to singing back-up for music greats such as The Commodores, Toni Basil and Major Lee Vincente just to name a few.
After auditioning up to five times for 5th Dimensions, it landed him Billy Davis Jr. spot with the group. Performing all over the world was his dream that became true. Michael even sang with the backing of every major symphony orchestra in the U.S. and Canada. He hoped to one day make a house music track with an orchestra one day.
In 1988 he moved on from the group to start a solo career. While he was deciding the direction of his career, he joined Heartstrings foundation to do a national tour to help raise money for AIDS research and hospices living.
In 1995 he released Deliver Me as his first house music song. It wasn’t until he teamed up with Urban Blues Project that led to his dance floor classic Love Don’t Live. He explains this song was therapy for him to write. Not to mention this was a true "garage house song" because they wrote it inside Marc Peoria’s (one half of Urban Blues Project) hot garage, at his house. Michael recorded many more house tunes. In 2000 he started his label Mychan records.
He even made time to write a book titled Love Letters & HeartScapes in 2010. Is a book of poetry and love letters expressing the sensual emotions of a man’s feeling towards a woman. Some note to have made some women cry from its beauty of words.
Michael received many accolades includes; The key to the city from Atlanta, GA, and New Orleans Louisiana, Outstanding Artist from Los Angeles CA, Humanitarian award from Buffalo, NY Fire Department, Certificate of Appreciation from Boys and Girls Club of America and one from Heartstrings foundation for his work in helping to raise money for their research.
A man who set out to leave his footprint on this world and accomplished it in a short period.