First hitting the scene from the east coast, Mike Posner recorded his own lyrics to popular songs to add a new spin to them. This new American singer, songwriter, and producer was born in Southfield Michigan and later attended Duke University as a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

In early 2009, he hired manager Daniel Weisman of Elitaste Inc., who also manages Wale, to work on his first mixtape, “A Matter of Time” along with Don Cannon and DJ Benzi. In July 2009, Posner signed a major label deal with J Records (RCA/Sony). However, he chose to return to Duke University after signing his record deal, and toured on the weekends while at the same time recording for his debut album. Posner’s second mixtape, “One Foot Out The Door” was released on October 27, 2009. The mixtape is hosted by Clinton Sparks, and features the sounds of Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Bun B, Saigon, GLC, 3OH!3, Freddie Gibbs, and XV. Interestingly, it was originally released on iTunes U, the education division of Apple’s iTunes, but was taken down after Apple deemed it uneducational.

His debut album entitled “35 Minutes to Takeoff” is to be released August 3rd, 2010. He will be performing at Bonnaroo and all 42 dates of the 2010 Warped Tour this summer. The first single from the album, “Cooler Than Me,” as of June 3 had climbed the Billboard Hot 100 to reach No. 8. On May 31, 2010, Posner appeared on Lopez Tonight with a performance of Cooler Than Me.

His single has caught on quickly and is helping raise his name awareness before the launch of his next album. We look forward to hearing more from this up and coming artist.