It isn’t often you hear of an aspiring musician being encouraged to give up their day job - you know, the one that pays - and plunge head first into that musical career.
But Ann Arbor-based singer-songwriter Mike Vial was given that push as sort of a wedding gift from his wife Natalie Burg. She told him she wouldn’t marry him unless he quit his job as a teacher to follow his musical dreams.
That was five years ago. Since then, Vial has played hundreds of gigs across the United States and Canada.
Now he’s out with his fourth release: A World That’s Bigger.