Michael Angelo Batio


1984-1986 Holland - guitars  
1987 Jim Gillette - guitars  
1987-1993 Nitro - guitars, keyboards  
1993- Michael Angelo Batio - all instruments, vocals  
2000-2001 C4 - guitar, keyboards  
2004 C4 - guitar, keyboards  
2005 Katrina Johansson - bass  

Guest musician

2006 Black Obelisk - guitars  
2009 Shredding The Envelope - guitars  

Personal information

Born on: 23.02.1956
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Early life and career

Michael Angelo Batio started playing the piano and composing music at the age of five, and first played guitar at the age of ten, reportedly playing faster than his teacher within two years. At the age of fourteen he started playing jazz guitar, and within two years he had won the Chicago-based "All-State Jazz Solo Award". He attended Northeastern Illinois University and achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition. After he had graduated, Batio looked to become a session guitarist in his hometown. When he asked for a job at a nearby studio, he was given a piece of music and simply asked to play it. Naturally, he managed to play it and added in some of his own improvisations and fills, making him the studio's primary call-out guitarist. As a session player, Batio recorded music for such companies as Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, United Airlines, United Way, McDonalds, Beatrice Corp. and the Chicago Wolves hockey team.