Arts Council Menifee's Artist of the Month for January is 14-year-old guitar prodigy Michael "Junior" Reed.
Junior's interest in music was sparked at the age of just 2 years old when he was introduced to the drums by his father, Mike Reed Sr., who is a talented drummer and multi-skilled musician himself. Junior received his first guitar when he was 10 years old and soon performed at a talent show at Crown Hill Elementary school when he was in fifth grade.
Now a ninth grader, Junior is in the midst of forming a band and recording some tracks. He can be seen live on Sunday afternoons jamming with blues players at Bratts in Temecula. He hopes to play at the Vault in late January and at the Annual Menifee Jam Fest.
Junior will also perform at Arts Council Menifee’s "Menifee’s Got Talent" event, which will be held this year at the Paloma Valley High School theater, on April 5, 6 and 7. Last year, he won.
Arts Council Menifee's website has a tab entitled Artist of the Month. You can read more about Junior there. If you scroll down, you can read about December's Artist of the Month, talented painter Carol South, and see some of her work.
Each month, ACM's Board of Trustees chooses a talented local person to feature.