​​Mike Taris
            Mike Taris is a singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist who grew up on a healthy diet of music from 80's rock bands such as Van Halen, Ratt, Dokken & Racer X to name a few. Having a rock background Mike delved into Christian music in 1995 after becoming a Christian earlier that same year. Mike has a love for many styles of music and had the opportunity to study music at The Musician's Institute in Hollywood California in 1989-1990. Mike has been performing with the Turning Point LA Christian Worship Band for over 20 years and is honored and excited to share his first solo album entitled "God Songs" with you. 
 
 
My Favorite Guitar Players
EDWARD VAN HALEN
PAUL GILBERT
JAKE E. LEE
RANDY RHOADS
JIMMY PAGE
GEORGE LYNCH
YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN
WARREN DEMARTINI
NEIL SCHON
JOE SATRIANI
ERIC JOHNSON
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
BART HAMILTON WALSH
KEE MARCELLO
NUNO BETTENCOURT
ANGUS YOUNG
GARY MOORE
ROBBEN FORD
 
        Eddie Van Halen
 
 When I was 18 years old I worked at my family's Liquor/Convenience  Store called Tony's Liquor on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks California.  I was often visited by many rock stars including Eddie Van Halen who would come in fairly regularly to pick up little odds and ends.  On one occasion Eddie came in and asked if I was going to the Van Halen show at the Forum. This was in 1986 right after David Lee Roth left the band. I had talked with Eddie and asked him what he thought of Daves new band in-particularly Dave's new guitarist Steve Vai. Eddie was like "that guy is awesome he's the one that transcribes all kinds of guitar stuff including my stuff. He's fantastic." I told Eddie I didn't have tickets to the show at the Forum. He told me he'd run back to his house and see what he could find. About an hour later as I'm in the back of the store doing some stocking I here a guy yelling my name. "Mike...Mike" I get up to look and its Eddie Van Halen holding a guitar case. He said "Mike I couldn't find any passes to get you into the show so I brought you a guitar instead so Happy Birthday man" It wasn't my birthday but it might as well have been. I opened up the case and it was a brand new prototype Kramer Baretta that Eddie had gotten from Kramer guitars. He shook my hand and went about his day. I had a good friend call me up later that week and said he had an extra ticked to the Van Halen show and asked if I wanted to go. Limo and all. ahh yeah!! 
 
Through the years whenever I'd grow frustrated with my playing and wonder if I should just throw in the towel,  I remember this Blessing. Eddie Van Halen, your favorite guitar player gave you a guitar, not because you won a contest, just because. So I keep playing.