During the last year of his life, Michael worked furiously to record over 40 tunes; a 2-CD album of 29 of them was released by Significant Other Records in 1996. It features such musical luminaries as Holly Near, Cris Williamson, Tom Robinson, Tret Fure, David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, Fred Hersch, John Bucchino and Steve Sandberg. Michael said LEGACY was “the best thing I’ve ever done. An order of magnitude beyond `Purple Heart.’ ” Legacy was nominated for nine awards in six categories by the judges of the first annual Gay & Lesbian Music Awards (the GLAMAS; at the gala GLAMA event in October, 1996, it won four awards, including Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Group Recording and Best Choral Recording.
“The most remarkable gay independent release of the past decade.”
— Adam Block, THE ADVOCATE
“The most stunning gay album recorded to date…sets the standard by which all gay albums will be judged for years to come.”
— Will Grega, Gay Music Guide