NSAI Tidewater, VA Chapter

We will cover the NSAI lesson on varying topics from song structure to publishing deals. We will also spend time listening to songs and hearing what folks have to say with regard to what you present.  This is for all genres. Please bring something to take notes on, 6 to 10 copies of your song lyrics to be presented and a CD or an instrument to perform the song. You don't have to have a song to attend these meetings, but feel free join us and meet some other songwriters and musicians in the area.


Meeting Information
When: 1st Monday of every month at 6:30 PM

Where: Victorian Station (The Big Pink): 36 N Mallory St, Hampton, VA 23663.

Virginia's premiere listening room is located in Hampton's seaside community of Phoebus.
Details:  If you decide to attend please RSVP through the Facebook page or call the coordinator at 757 469-2243


Michael King
Coordinator: Michael King
Phone: 757-469-2243
E-mail: michaelking117@gmail.com

Coordinator: Mike Crockett
Phone: 757-630-0652
E-mail: mike.crockett@yahoo.com

Michael King currently works for a software development company with ties to the U.S. Department of Defense as well as commercial customers.  Michael started playing music at the young age of 13 as a bass guitarist in cover bands in the southeastern U.S. and wherever else his Marine Corps father moved the family.  Music was a big part of his life growing up in that his father was a big fan of country music.  At the age of 17 he started “fiddling” around with writing lyrics and the songwriting bug hit.  A twenty-three year career as a pilot in the U.S. Army somewhat derailed his songwriting efforts, however the creative bug never went away.    

Michael started back playing music in 1983 and began to seriously start writing songs around 1995.  It was shortly after that he first joined NSAI.  It was as a pilot stationed in Savannah, Ga that he became acquainted with Tony Arata (Man In The Mirror, The Dance, Here I Am, and a Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee).  Through the years of observing the success Tony has enjoyed, Michael has been inspired to continue to work at the craft of songwriting.

Mike is proud to claim Oxford, Mississippi as his hometown.  He grew up working on the family farm, appreciating quality southern storytelling, and listening to AM-only radio stations in his father's old truck.  

After high school, Mike crossed the street and enrolled at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where he also enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserve infantry, joined the University's NROTC program, and ultimately graduated as an active duty Naval Officer in 1988.  

Following an eventful 20-year career of deployments on frigates, destroyers, and aircraft carriers to the far corners of the globe, he took-off the uniform in 2008, picked-up a guitar, and began writing songs.  Mike's songwriting interests are in the genres of Country and Americana, and he lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife and three children where he serves as a volunteer co-coordinator of the NSAI Tidewater Chapter.  To support his ever-worsening songwriting and guitar-playing addictions, Mike is forced to earn a living as a professional federal instructor in the field of emergency management.  He leads mobile training teams to US Navy bases aroud the world and teaches people how to bring order out of chaos during disasters (always traveling with a guitar on his back). 


Victorian Station (The Big Pink)
36 N Mallory St
Hampton, VA 23663
United States