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.
Sackler-Berner has licensed over a dozen original songs for use in network and cable television programming. Shows that have featured his music include FX’s Sons of Anarchy, NBC’s Law & Order, and ABC’s The Lying Game.
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 album, 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. 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.
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.
In 2012 Sackler-Berner formed The Slim Kings, a blues-rock side project featuring longtime Billy Joel drummer, Liberty DeVitto. The group’s debut record, Fresh Socks, contains tracks placed in the feature film, Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe, as well as Lifetime’s hit series Army Wives. The Slim Kings’ forthcoming second album, Dirty Socks, includes the single, “My Waterloo,” which was initially released on a Sandy benefit album alongside contributions by Paul McCartney, Ben Folds, and Ben Harper.
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.