It's been nine years since Michael Reinhart first stepped onto a stage and began to sing.
Now, just a few days short of his 59th birthday, and mid-way through a B.C. tour of his latest record, eCHO, he looks back at an unusual career trajectory that saw him grow from composer and musician into a solo songbird.
The self-described introvert made the unlikely transition following years of instrumental work, including collaborations and work on film scores.
He played to sold-out crowds in venues across north America, hosted musical workshops in London and recorded studio records.
Reinhart did not have any formal voice training, and singing never entered the picture.
Then, at 50, that changed.
"I was too shy to sing, actually, and then for some reason, it became very important," he said.
Reinhart plays The Vault Cafe on Saturday (Sept. 7) at 7:30 p.m. The cover is $7.
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