To look at him today, no one would guess that singer/songwriter Patrik Michaels was nearly sidetracked by paralyzing stage fright when he started entertaining dreams of a career in country music. He's got the look. He's got the moves. He's got the press kit. And he learned a lot about what it takes to give a new artist a healthy start in the eyes of the media and fans by working first as an actor on the day-time television soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. He also spent time modeling jeans for Levi's and hawking name brands like Jell-O and Budweiser in televised advertisements. But before all of that, Michaels holed up in his room with a karaoke machine and divulged his secret ambition to no one except a sibling. After gaining confidence from his private practice sessions, he later auditioned in Los Angeles for a gig as a wedding singer. He then sang at bar mitzvahs and other local gigs, all the while building up the scope of both his experience and his dreams. He made contacts in the music business that encouraged him during those early years, and he went on to attempt writing country songs and then put out a demo. Waterbury Productions took notice and gave him a contract, but half a year later the company went belly up and that was the end of his first try at putting out a record. The setback didn't stop Michaels. He headed to New York in 1995, established a band, and started playing out in such nightspots as CBGB, le Bar Bat, and the Bitter End. A former producer for songstress Dusty Springfield took an interest in the aspiring singer, and Michaels went on to record his Feels Like Home CD. The album launched "To Get to You." Nuthill Records and Publishing entered into a two-year deal with the singer/songwriter. He opened the Wildhorse Saloon gig of duo Montgomery Gentry. In 1999, the MAC Awards in New York honored him with a best male debut nomination.