Michael "Max" McGee

During my day job I manage a residence hall complex and a wellness center at Lock Haven University in central Pennsylvania and have a Masters in Counseling and Student Personnel work. I was born and raised in the little coal town of Philipsburg, Pa., but have worked throughout the country at such notable institutions as Penn State University, UCLA, and Hamilton college in upstate New York. But, for the last 35 years I have been writing song lyrics and staying connected to my creative side as well.

 During those 35 years I have had the pleasure of collaborating with a top-ten country recording artist, a gospel recording artist, and several other very good composers including my latest collaborator, Jeff Moxcey, an extremely gifted songwriter. I have also had the pleasure of meeting with publishers, producers, and sitting at a table of such notable writers as Hugh Prestwood and Jim Rushing among others. 

 Throughout those 35 years I have won numerous lyric awards from international songwriting competitions like the American Song Festival, the Music City Song Festival and the Louisville Songwriters Association Song Contest. Recently, I was a runnerup in the American Songwriter Magazine lyric competition, a semi finalist in the Dallas Songwriter’s Association Song Contest, and the Country Category Winner in the 2003 Great American Song Contest. To date I have had the fortune of having several independent recording artists cut some of the songs I have written the lyrics for on their CD’s including the most recently released CD “It’s A Dirty Job” by Jimmy Lee Jordan. The title cut on this CD is a song by me and my songwriting partner, Jeff Moxcey. Some of my influences have been great lyricists and songwriters like Carol King, Gerry Goffin, John Lennon, Paul Simon, and Diane Warren. One day, I can only hope to be able stand oh so briefly in their considerable footprints.