Mr. Etheridge (hense the E) hails from
Portsmouth, Virginia, the birth place of Missy
Elliot and a stone's throw from Norfolk which is the home town of
beats renown artist/producer Timberland and
his debut album (on Capitol Records) bears the same name as the first
His story of coming to providence is like most
others who has struggled to get that lucky break and that came by way of
Super Artist/producer Teddy Riley who had
just recently moved his studio to Virginia. Teddy caught a dose of Mike
as part of the group the Neptunes and
signed them there and then to a development deal with his label 'Lil'Man
records. Turns out that things weren't moving fast enough for the group
so they went their seperate ways but Mike stayed in touch with Teddy and
asked Teddy to work with him as a solo artist. Teddy did but because of
his schedule could not sign as a solo act so he put him in touch with
Capitol Records and the rest is history.
The album features 4 songs produced by Teddy
including the title track Master Plan which has Teddy's trademarks all
over it from the harmonies to the jack swing beats. The 13 track set
also includes songs focused on relationships, family and religion with
"Look In the Water", respect for
home and family on "Say the Word,"
"No Doubt", forgiveness and
reconciliation on "One More Chance,"
and "Don't Change Your Mind".
There's depth and soul in this young man's heart and you can take it
home with you by picking up a copy for yourself.