“‘Tip Jar’ was one of those songs that wrote itself,” Michelson explains of the infectious track, which he co-wrote with Patrick Mencel and Justin Morgan. “I had the title in my phone for three years and wasn’t sure how to approach it lyrically. Then one day I woke up and while I was waiting to write a song on zoom it clicked and came together quickly. I really feel like ‘Tip Jar’ is one of the most ‘me’ songs I’ve released. In 2021 we need music more than ever, especially fun music. ‘Tip Jar’ is exactly that for me.”
With catchy hooks, impeccable slide guitar, and a backbeat fans can’t help but groove to, Michelson begs the bar band to play Tom Petty and Bon Jovi as he tosses a few back to drown his sorrows. Background vocals during a jam-out section harken back to a time with a full bar and a group chorus, something people everywhere are missing these days.
“I’ll toss a 20 in the tip jar/ I gotta keep ’em playing all night long/ Tell all my buddies I won’t miss her/ If I just keep ’em playing all our songs/ Ain’t reckless behavior I gotta replace the/ Memories we made here in this bar/And if the band can fix my broken heart/ I’ll toss a 20 in the tip jar,” Michelson sings on the chorus.
Michelson’s previous releases and powerful arrangements, which have topped 15 million total on-demand streams, have been praised by fans and critics alike.
The promising rising star grew up in the “Grass Seed Capital of the World,” Corvallis, Oregon, listening to the sounds of his mother’s favorite country songs and father’s soul music.
Michelson has played opening slots for artists such as Blake Shelton, Lee Brice, Old Dominion, and more.
Fans can keep up with the rising star on Instagram.