Born and raised in New York, based in Brooklyn, Michael Sackler-Berner is a singer-songwriter with roots in the past, and a sound very much in tune with the present. Surrounded by longtime collaborators of artists like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, Sackler-Berner's music is distinguished by the songwriting craft of that era, and by a contemporary rhythmic sensibility, anchored by some of the heaviest drummers of our time. Sackler-Berner's debut, MSB, features drummer Jim Keltner (Elvis Costello, Tom Petty,George Harrison) and his most recent recordings were produced by the Grammy winning Steve Jordan (Keith Richards, Alicia Keys, John Mayer) who accompanies on both bass and drums. Liberty DeVitto of Billy Joel fame is currently his touring drummer. Sackler-Berner is currently affiliated with Razor & Tie Music Publishing.
Sackler-Berner's body of work is unified by his bittersweet voice, paired with a lyrical economy and an expressive feel for pop dynamics. The songs, whether ballads or uptempo, are constructed with a delicate sense of emotional momentum. The tracks "True Blue," "The World’s Spinning on its Side," and "Keep it Easy," have been licensed by Sons of Anarchy (FX), Law & Order (NBC), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC/USA), and CBS Sports, along with numerous other original pieces of music. As a solo artist Sackler-Berner can be heard in such New York venues as Joe's Pub, Mercury Lounge, The Living Room, Rockwood, The Bitter End, as well as at The Stephen Talkhouse on the East End.
Sackler-Berner performs and records with the finest of musicians, yet there's always the sense that it's not about how fast or how complicated -- it's about how deep. For Michael Sackler-Berner the song always comes first.
"A young songwriter with an old soul. This young Brooklyn transplant's songs can recall folk forefathers like Cat Stevens and James Taylor, but he tempers his influences with a winsome, playful charm that's all his own." -- Ashley Peter, Beacon Pass "An impressive young talent that has it all. Great lyrics, good voice, and excellent guitar work." -- Blue Note CEO, Bruce Lundvall "A game changer." -- David Kahne, Grammy winning producer of Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Regina Spektor "Sackler-Berner, who's been compared to Jason Mraz and Ray LaMontagne, among others, consistently crafts infectious, high-energy pop songs, with thoughtful lyrics and layers of inventive musical emotion." -- Huffington Post