Michael Fredo (born Michael Jon Fredo on July 17, 1978 in Elmira, New York) is a former teen pop singer from the late ’90s\early ’00s. He is also the nephew of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.
Michael began singing when he was 8 years old in his church choir. After his voice changed, he began singing with a local folk-rock music group. He later moved to New York City to study classical music at the Professional Children’s School and was chosen to be a vocalist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
While at a party in Los Angeles, California, Michael met music producer Quincy Jones, who signed him to his record label, Qwest Records and he began working on his debut album.
Before his album was released, his song “Who Said” was chosen by the Arnell Group as the theme song for the Tommy Girl Fragrance ad campaign. Michael’s music also accompanied the ad campaign for Tommy Jeans of which Michael became the poster boy for it.
In the summer of 1999, Michael began touring with pop sensation Britney Spears on her “…Baby One More Time” tour.
In the fall of the same year, he released his debut album “Introducing Michael Fredo” which sold over 300,000 copies worldwide.
Michael’s debut single “This Time Around” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and the video received extensive airplay on MTV.
In 2000, he released his follow-up single “Love All Over Again” which didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts at all. During that same year, he wrote & sang the theme song for the film “Black and White.”
After that, not much was heard from Michael and it appeared as if he faded into obscurity, but these days, it appears as if he is still active in the music business. His music has appeared in various films, television shows and advertising campaigns worldwide.
Michael released two EPs: “Free & Clear” (in 2011) and “Locked Out” (in 2013) which are available on iTunes.
To see the music video for “This Time Around,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Love All Over Again,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Free” (the theme song for the film “Black and White”), go to: