Mike Kerr is a Brazilian born instrumental rock guitarist and composer residing in Massachusetts, USA. Mike is the lead guitarist of Michael Sweet (Stryper), Tony Harnell (TNT) and Firstbourne. Influenced by heyday of guitar oriented rock of the 80s, Mike pushes the envelope as solo artist with his profound technical wizardry of the guitar molded to catchy and easily digestible songs. Mike Kerr is full of challenging spirit, fiery determination, inexhaustible energy and endless respect to all he works with.
Mike recently expanded his music career by tour managing for Stryper in South America, In addition, Mike has done workshops in Brazil, the biggest music Trade NAMM show in California (USA), and Sweden. Mike’s career has also been highlighted with nominations and an award by International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA). In 2016, the title track of Mike’s CD, "The Truth of the Lion", was awarded in the category of Rock Performance and nominated for The Song of the Year. "45 Days of Summer" was nominated in the Instrumental category. In 2017 Mike’s songs were once again nominated by IPMA: “My Choices” - Best Rock Performance, “The Love of Playing” - Instrumental Performance. Mike and his band Firstbourne were also nominated for Best Rock Performance at the IPMAs in 2018 and 2019. Mike and the band performed live at the 2017 IPMA for televised worldwide audience. In 2018 Mike and the band were also awarded by the New England Music awards in the category of Hard Rock/Metal Act of the Year.
Mike's music, as reflecting in a recognized solo CD The Truth of he Lion, as well as the two FirsBourne CD's Riot and Pick up the Torch, is a collection of carefully crafted songs that connect directly to the listener using a soft touch and soothing orchestral accompaniment. Listening to Mike play one quickly understands that it is all about the love of playing reflecting a growth of musical maturity and perfectionism. With his emotionally charged music and performances, coupled with an easily approachable persona, Mike creates close bonds with his fan base, which spreads not only across United States, but also to Brazil, China, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Mazandaran, Portugal and Canada.
"I'm always chasing tone and all I can say is that I was never truly happy with mine till I updated my guitars with
a Graph Tech NuBone nut and the LB63 bridge. It's night and day what it did to my sound"