Multi-Platinum and Award Winning Songwriter...
"Songs are like little bridges...between lyric and melody, rhythm and rhyme, artist and composition. Most importantly...between people." -Michael Hunter Ochs
“In Her Eyes” - Josh Groban, #1 Album, 4X Platinum (Warner Records)
“On My Knees” - Jaci Velasquez, 14 weeks #1, 2X Platinum (Word Records)
“Te Quiero” - Helene Fischer, #1 Album, 12X Platinum (Universal Music)
“A New Year” - Michael Hunter Ochs and Friends, 10 Million Views (92nd Street Y Commission)
Songs also recorded by: Cheat Codes, Nico Santos, Callum Beattie, Milow, Natalie Grant, Nicole C. Mullen, Cece Winans, Stefanie Heinzmann, Roger Cicero, Teitur, Martin Gallop, Mrs. Greenbird, Jonah, Madeline Juno, Nicole Cross, Djamila...and more.
Songland, True Blood, The Simpsons, X-Factor, The Bachelor (Germany), I Married A Princess (Theme), New Adventures Of Old Christine, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Dawson's Creek, and more.
Downsizing, The Terminal, Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, The Waitress, Aquamarine, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Misfits, and more.
Michael is currently touring and about to release the debut album of The Pursuit Of Harmony - his project with award winning Palestinian peace activist and poet, Alaa Alshaham.
Composer In Residence
East End Temple (New York, NY)
Congregation Micah (Nashville, TN)
In addition to his success in contemporary popular music, Ochs is universally recognized as a leading composer of Jewish and Interfaith worship music. On any given Friday evening his music can be heard in synagogues around the world.
A Song Commission for your congregation will become much more than an opportunity to enhance your Shabbat, High Holy Days or special occasions. It is a chance for your community to contribute to the very essence of modern Jewish worship music. As your synagogue creates new Jewish music with Michael, you will also ensure communities around the world continue to be inspired as they experience a new “Jewish Song Book” for decades to come - and your Synagogue’s name will be part of the legacy.
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"He wrote words that ignited smiles, delight and meaning.
He set it to music that lifted our souls...the result was a song sung by millions."
-Rabbi Peter J. Rubenstein, Director of Jewish Community and Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, 92nd Street Y
("A New Year" - Over 10 Million Views on Facebook)
"Michael is a soulful, prayerful, insightful songwriter, composer and artist. He aims to get to the truth of the lyric and the heart of the idea...through study, deep conversations and genuine passion. Collaborating with Michael is an experience I'll never forget, and one that I want to repeat again and again."
-Cantor Yonah Kliger, Temple Judea (Los Angeles)
"Working with Michael as been revolutionary for our congregation. He has helped us to find our unique voice, creating a signature sound that expresses who we are as a synagogue community and who we are as Jews. The tremendous power of joining together to sing music composed with the heart and soul of our community at the center is so palpably felt yet difficult to express in words. Each song was introduced individually at a special Shabbat service and each of those services was followed by a talk back at which Michael presented a power-point presentation, walking the congregation through the steps of the creative composition process. These talkbacks were an incredible programatic highlight, always very well attended and always extremely fun, engaging and entertaining."
-Cantor Shira Ginsburg, East End Temple (New York)
"His setting of Y'varechecha perfectly spoke to my musical soul. I could not be happier with the composition."
-Dr. Alan Mason, Director of Music, Temple Israel of Greater Miami
"Michael's prayerful neshama (soul) is evident in every note that pours out of him."
-Cantor Tracy Fishbein, The Temple (Nashville, TN)
"Our congregation has fallen in love. I am a BIG fan and look forward to many more commissions."
-Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Rodeph Sholom (New York, NY)
"Michael is that unique combination of creative modernity and love of tradition. His music draws people together, no matter their background or perspective, faith or ideology. His personal approach is revisioning our liturgy in an energizing and uplifting way that is accessible to all." -Rabbi Kenneth Kanter, Director of Rabbinical School, Hebrew Union College
Selected Song Commission Listing
"Lecha Dodi" commissioned by Cantor Rebecca Garfein and Congregation Rodeph Sholom in honor of Rabbi Robert N. Levine's 25th Anniversary (New York)
"Modim Anachnu Lach" commissioned in loving memory of Rebecca "Beck" Anne Kornman Raskin and Congregation Ohabai Sholom (Nashville)
"Yivarechecha" commissioned by Temple Israel of Greater Miami in honor of Dr. Alan Mason's 25 Years as Music Director (Miami)
"A New Year" commissioned by The 92nd Street Y in honor of The Global Blessing (New York)
"L'dor Va Dor" commissioned by the Weg Family and Cantor Yonah Kliger in memory of Robert Weg (Temple Judea, Los Angeles)
"The Kabbalat Shabbat Medley," "Hashkiveinu," "A Mourner's Song," "Adon Olam," "Mi Chamocha," "Lecha Dodi," "Shehechyanu," "V'al Kulam"
commissioned by Cantor Shira Ginsburg and East End Temple (New York)
The Song Diary Preview
Honestly...I do not know how to set up the latest entry of The Song Diary. My guest, recording artist Michael Leonardi, is one of the most inspiring, courageous, and talented people walking on this planet. Somehow...we were able to write an uplifting song about Michael's falling in love while losing his vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa. Michael...thank you for letting me be part of sharing your story and hopefully inspiring a few people along the way. To access all past and future entries of the Song Diary please sign up for mailing list by scrolling to the top of the page.