Michael Francis Seander, Jr., better known as Mike Stud, is a Duke-educated, former All-American baseball player who unexpectedly turned to music after an injury robbed him of his lifelong dream to play pro ball. Now, Mike Stud can be seen at the top of the Billboard and iTunes charts as he continues to build his brand in the most unconventional way -- as an unsigned artist, heavily relying on social media to build awareness, sell tickets and engage with fans around the world.
In just five short years, Mike Stud has garnered over 60 million views on YouTube, released three #1 Hip-Hop Albums on iTunes, and headlined three notoriously ‘wild’ national tours.
His music first received notice with the rap single, College Humor, in 2010, which he recorded as a joke. The video was a huge viral success, racking up over 1.5 million views. Mike’s music career took off quickly: He released his first mixtape, A Toast to Tommy, in October 2011. In May 2013, Stud’s debut studio album, Relief debuted at 109 on the Billboard 200 chart and peaked at 55. But the biggest move from the former pitcher-turned rapper came when Mike Stud hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap charts with his 2014 2nd album, Closer, which received over 1.4 million YouTube views for the title track. His YouTube channel has passed 145K subscribers, and he recently dropped his third album, These Days which landed him #1 on iTunes Hip Hop charts.
In support of this latest album, Mike just completed his “Back2You” tour on which he played 40 sold out shows in cities across the U.S.
On June 21st, Mike’s eight-episode docu-series “This is Mike Stud” will premiere on Esquire Network. This series will follow Stud as he gears up to embark on the biggest tour of his career.