Michael J. Kouri, Parapsychological Investigator and Psychic Medium was informed of television anchor, Meredith Vieira's ghosts in her home in Sleepy Hollow, New York and asked to come and help her understand who it was and why it was haunting her house. The producers of "the View" created a segment that featured Michael showing how a parapsychological Investigator worked, what tools they used and what his psychic impressions would show the audience and the Vieira's. Michael conducted an investigation at Merediths house and grounds. He flew to New York investigated her home and grounds, conducted a Communication Circle ( a term Michael created to decribe a Seance) tha tlasted more than 3 hours but the show only showed about 4 minutes of what he incovered. Then to find out if he received any hits he visited several historical sites in Sleepy Hollow. The investigative experience was invigorating to the cast and crew who told Michael his abilities were astounding! During the investigation the crews equipment failed repeatedly and the sound technicians were stumped as to why their brand new batteries had to be continually replaced. What they didn't realize was that whenever there are ghosts in a site, they drain electrical devices of their power and add a strong Psychic/Medium who is extremely grounded like Michael and the energy is doubly generated. These types of occurrances are quite common when dealing with the spirit world and are what we call Phenomena but are rarely shown on television.
Even though the producers of the show aired the segment complete with laugh tracks and the typical disbelieving bantering from the Joy Behar and Star Jones Gals Meredith was gracious, thanked Michael for an incredible job well done and mentioned the names of Michael's books at the end of the segment. Michael also predicted the name of the man who would sweep Star Jones off her feet and of course he was right, the Name was Al or Phil. Cheers to Star! We received thousands of e-mails from around the world. The people of New York City were gracious and knew who Michael was wherever he went and he was treated like royalty. One of the highlights of the trip was when Michael was waiting for his Limo in front of the ABC studios and two tourists looked at him then up at the giant Digital screen then back at Michael and said "Wow, that's you up there isn't it?" Michael told us it was a lot of fun to see his face appear in the lights of Broadway at the corner of 42nd Street--perhaps the most famous corner in the world. (See picture below)
Meredith, Barbara Walters and the gang couldn't wait to reveal the experience they shared with Michael on their international television show and Meredith repeatedly deemed: "Michael J. Kouri was superb and very professional to work with, he revealed information he could have never known about myself, Lisa and Bill and we found what we were looking for." The View is a very controversial show but was the perfect place to showcase someone like Michael J. Kouri and his unique work.
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Michael J. Kourihas been seen on many International Television Shows including: "Dead Famous," on the BBC, "Pulse," on Tech T.V., Mona Lisa Television Company of France production of "Ghost Hunters of the World" with Michael J. Kouri and Richard R. Senate.
Michael J. Kouri appears with parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach and Annette Martin at the Moss Beach Distillers in Moss Beach, Ca
Michael was invited to take part in an invesigation of one of the most famous haunted houses in the Bay Area, the Moss Beach Distillery. Loyd Auerbach invited Michael to join his team of professional psychics and scientists for a rare glimpse into the world of Parapsychology as they executed their skills in front of the camera for Tech- T.V. on the Sci-Fi Network.
Annette Martin immediately went into a trance as did Michael and together they felt the presence of a woman spirit who has haunted the site since the raging roaring 20's. Michael and Psychic/ Sensitive: Neva Turnock felt the presence of a child who was looking for his parents. He was dressed in clothing that predated the 1920's and seemed to be forelorn.
Scientific assistant Kathy Rehm showed the director and crew how the equipment worked in an environment that is filled with ectoplasmic specters. The needles spiked rapidly for the camera revealing that the electromagnetic energy was in full form that cloudy, rainy day in mid May of 2003. The director and crew were stunned when the ghost suddenly flipped over an entire row of chairs on the patio of the restaurant. Too bad they didn't have their camera on for that experience. We all laughed with the director showed us his forearm and the hairs standing at attention after thie occurred.
The show continues to air on Tech-T.V. & the Sci-Fi network.
Michael J. Kouri appears on the Warner Bros. Epic "Ghost Ships"
Join Michael and Loyd Auerbach as they share their knowledge of real ghosts who haunt ships. Michael J. Kouri was featured as a Parapsychological Expert and the show included the talents of fellow psychic Peter Sorraino of Orange County. Michael shared his knowledge of famous haunted ships including the Flying Dutchman, Titanic and RMS Queen Mary.
The director and crew weren't shocked as the 999 spirits wreacked havoc over them as they tried to film aboard the Queen Mary's pool area, engine room and other parts of the ship the public rarely get to see.
This was an incredible experience for everyone on board that day.
This show was originally filmed for the European market and was shown on international flights as a precursor to the Warner Bros. motion picture Ghost Ship. This show was featured on European television and continues to be broadcast internationally. (repeating on the Travel Channel, History Channel, Home and Garden and mane others)
Richard Senate's Ghost Stalker: World Famous Ghost Hunter formerly of Ventura California now living in Carson City, NV., invited Michael to be his special guest on his television series. Be sure to watch your Cable providers list for the show and experience some of the most Haunted sites with Mr. Senate and Michael J. Kouri together.
America's Most Haunted Places - Haunted Alcatraz-San Francisco Segment. Join Michael J. Kouri and other psychics as they visit San Francisco's MOST HAUNTED SITES including Alcatraz Island. Currently repeating on the Travel Channel.
The Travel Channel's Places of Mystery a.k.a. Mystic Journey's:
"Hollywood's Most Haunted Spots" where Michael J. Kouri conducted an on On-camera "communication circle" (seance) on stage at the World Famous Palace Theater surrounded by the theaters employees who have all encountered many spectacular spiritual apparitions throughout the historic theater...Dare to join them on the Travel Channel. (repeating)
FOX Family Channel's - Exploring the Unknown: Hotel Del Coronado Segment: Join Michael J. Kouri as he leads four sensitives on an spine-tingling haunted house investigation. Watch as they investigate the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California. Too bad FOX Family Channel didn't show the true-to-life, accurate scenes that lay on the editing room floor. Fox is most famous for their scare tactic style shows. Adding fog machines, large flashlights and so on, "I felt more like one of the Hardy Boys than the real Parapsychological Investigator I am." quoted Michael j. Kouri "We excelled in our findings and many actual spirit photos were taken." Michael J. Kouri loaned the show several of his 35 mm photographs of real spirits from his early investigations. These appeared for the first time on International television. Mr. Kouri was introduced as a "World Reknowned"Psychic/Medium and Parapsychological Investigator... (repeating)
Watch for these shows around Halloween day and night...if you dare!
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Michael posing with L.A. Radio personalities. Michael has appeared on Coast to Coast, KOST, KBIG, KLAC, KROQ, KPCC and many others around the country.
We all laughed a lot during the interviews and I enjoyed meeting Charlie Tuna, LeighAnn, Kevin & Bean in person. The phone lines lit up like a Christmas Tree the entire hour I was on - I returned several weekslater to the KOST Morning Show with Barry Manilow, Mark and Kim and 12 lucky contestant winners. It was fun reading their aura's (something I'm constatly asked when people realize who I am in public). I receive hundreds of emails all year from each of my radio appearances --
Michael conducted a Communication Circle ( the term he has professionally coined in many of his books to describe a seance) for another Travel Channel television show called Mystic Journeys. (Above) Michael convocates with the spirits of film legends like Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and stagehands once associated with the Palace Theater along with 13 of its employees. Michael tried to stop the session, but the spirits didn't want to leave....
Here are a few memorable excerpts from Michael J. Kouri : "I first entered the dark theater at about 5:30 pm. and found that the crew and director had gone to dinner. Perfect, I thought to myself, I could walk through the empty theater to feel the vibrations on my own and get acquainted with the spirits who haunted it. I always ground myself and ask God to protect me from anything that might be of the dark side. You see, I won't work with anything other than those spirits of the light.
I was met by the owner of the theater who introduced me to several of the employees who would assist and guide me through the various places, which had had the most supernatural experiences.
Later, when the director and crew returned, we began to set up the Communication Circle, or. Séance, to be held on center stage. They told me that the air conditioning was turned off, yet we all felt a distinct chill in the air. Even the camera and sound crew felt it and got very frightened. When the sound equipment batteries went dead for the third time, the director called "cut" and we were told that they would have to go out and purchase more batteries to resume with the shoot.
When we resumed, the cameras started to go haywire and it wasn't until I called out to the spirits to "STOP FOOLING AROUND!" that things returned to normal and we were able to continue. When it was time to close the session, several children spirits let us all know that they did not want us to close and leave them there alone in the dark. It was quite sad, but I told the child spirits never to be afraid, to search for comfort through their guardian angels, and that I'd be back soon to help them move on, if that was their wish. Sometimes this work I do is extremely sad because there are spirits who don't understand "death" or the perimeters of the inter dimensions and get "stuck" Then when a psychic Medium comes into contact with them, they get excited that someone can actually communicate or "see" them as I can, and they want the conversations to go on. As a Psychic Medium, I specialize in helping these spirits to transition into their next incarnations whenever I can and only if "they want to leave."
Watch repeats of this show on the Travel Channel and other cable channels. It has been seen around the world since it first aired. see for yourself all that took place.
For more information related to this experience be sure to look for Michael J. Kouri's book "Haunted Houses of Hollywood." Book One available for sale on this website. Books two, three and four are currently in the works and will also be available on this site as they are published.
When contacting Mr. Kouri through email be sure and put the words "Haunted House" in the subject window otherwise your email may be deleted before we see it) We receive so much Spam, unless we see a word that reflects our subject matter on this site it may be automatically deleted.
(Left) Michael J. Kouri was interviewed on the Michael Jackson Radio show at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Here he poses with Michael Jackson (center) and his aunt Yvette Hampton (Right)
Michael J. Kouri Appears on the Barbara Walters Daytime Talk Show "The View" with Meredith Vieira and producer "ViewMaster" Bill Getty This same episode aired many times and Michael received over a million emails from viewers throughout the universe.Read more on his experiences while investigating the "haunted" historical home of one of the shows anchors below.
Mystic Journeys Michael J. Kouri appears in Hollywood on the Travel Channel
On the Radio
Asa Psychic Medium, Parapsychological Investigator, Michael J. Kouri has been a featured guest on numerous national and international television programs including Barbara Walters daytime talk show "The View," Tech T.V.'s "Pulse," BBC's Two Four production of "Dead Famous," Warner Bros. production of Ghost Ships, FOX Family Channels "Exploring the Unknown" The Travel Channel's "Places of Mystery." 20/20, Oprah, And many more...
He has also been the featured in-studio guest on hundreds of terrestrial and internet radio stations such as Coast to Coast with Art Bell & George Noory, Home Wizards with Cindy Dole KFWB, KROQ with Kevin and Beane, KBIG 104.3, KOST 103.5 with Mark Wallengren, KLAC with Michael Jackson, KPCC- Talk of the City with Kitty Felde, The Mother Love Show, and podcasts on such notable websites as: Disney Avenue, Mice Chat, Horror NightsBBK, Horror Buz, to name a few.
On these shows, Michael discusses his belief in the supernatural, what ghosts are, why they haunt and many times he will share actual photographs he has captured throughout his career. For the local stations in Southern California, he often shares his personal experiences with haunted sites in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, up or down California's coast and across the United States. He often takes questions by callers to the radio shows and audiences are astounded with his no nonsense attitude in answering their questions. He especially enjoys teaching listeners who call in from the worldwide audiences. Michael continually receives emails from all of these shows and this website has been viewed by millions of people who've heard or seen him on television from all over the world.
(left) Michael appeared with Kevin & Beane on KROQ (right) Michael with Mark Wallengren on Halloween.
"One of the most exciting highlights of the trip to New York was seeing my face on the giant digital screens rolling above the ABC studio building on Broadway and 42nd Streets and being recognized by the tourists who asked for autographs.
Michael J. Kouri appeared on the world famous late night radio show: Coast to Coast with George Noory, Wednesday March 10, 2004 from 11pm to 2am. KFI 640 AM.
Michael shared his candid opinions of "real" ghosts and the haunted sites they haunt throughout California and around the country. Michael also shared his adventures as a Psychic/Medium.
Listeners called in to ask Michael questions related to their own encounters with unseen forces....
You can hear this radio interview on the Coast to Coast website.
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Host: George Noory
Guest: Michael J. Kouri
Psychic/Medium & Published Author
Topic:Real Haunted Houses in California
Michael appeared the Second time on Coast to Coast on Monday October 15, 2007 for the full 3 hours and received thousands of emails and phone calls from around the globe... Listen to his shows at coasttocoastam.com click on Streamlink and type in Michael's name or the dates. March 10 2004, October 15, 2007
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More Letters to Michael J. Kouri
We encourage you to write to Mr. Kouri, but cannot guarantee that every email /letter he receives will be answered on a timely manner due to his heavy professional schedule.
Dearest Michael, while watching Tech T.V. recently I saw you and Annette Martin investigating an old distillert near San Francisco. My husband and I visited that site years ago while on our honeymoon then settled there when our twins were 11 years old. My daughter worked there as a waitress for 6 years and saw many unusual things happen there just like you and Annette did. Recently we've had some unusual haunting action take place in our home and I was wondering if you could come up and investigate it for us and perhaps help the spirit find their way to the other side. Though I'm not psychic myself nor are the members of our family, we think the spirit is an old man since he's made himself present a lot lately.
we've tried to contact othe rfamous psychics that are more local to us, but none of them have called us back. My friend told me that you were busy but always made time for people and so I'm hoping that you might be able to help us. We're worried about the old man haunting our house especially since he started coming after out grandson was born and the ghost seems to disturb the baby. We tried hanging garlic near his bedroom door and other amulets to no avail. HELP!!! Anna Johnson, Bay Area, Ca.
I will be up in the Bay Area next week and am sure I could visit your home, just call or email your phone number to my office so we can connect, Many Blessings Michael.
Dear Michael, Thank You, Thank You Thank You! You are one Amazing young man... I cannot express enough thanks to you for hlping our family with our haunted house. I know the investigation and releasing session took more time than anyone could expect but it worked. Our property seems so much safer and at peace now that you've been here. I've forwarded a copy of my experience to George Noory and hope he'll have you on his show again real soon because your rare talents are needed around the world and everyone should know who you are and more about your amazing gifts. Anna and John Johnson, Bay Area, Ca.
Dear Johnson Family, Thank you for such kind words, I enjoyed meeting you all too and am glad I could help your spirit make his way into the afterlife. Anna's cooking was simply scrumptous - you really should open a Bed and Breakfast, I would certainly visit often! I'd love your recipe for your bosenberry muffins, Michael.
Michael, enjoyed hearing you on Coast to Coast. We hunt and investigate the unknown in NW Missouri. Last summer I had the opportunity to visit a little town in Iowa where a famous mansion filled with spirits is. The house was AMAZING! We'd like to know if you'd ever consider coming here to help investigate it further. I just know that the spirits need your help and would finally be able to find peace if you did. - Mike P., Missouri
I'd love to come to Iowa and investigate the site with you and your team, lcall my office next week and we can look at our clanedars and schedule a date, Michael J. Kouri
My name is Mr. H., and I work for a psychiatric facility in Marion, Indiana for the criminally insane and terminally ill medical patients. It is a U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Hospital which was established originally in 1881 to treat and care for aging Civil Was veterans. Our facility is over 160 acres, with approximately 60 buildings. All but 1 of these original buildings are still standing. Attached to our facility is National Cemetery where over 1000 veterans are buried, including 4 medal of honor winners. The burials include Spanish American War vets, Civil War, Vietnams, Korea, WWI, WWII, Beirut, Desert Storm and every conflict the U.S. has ever been involved with.
The original lobotomy surgical suite is still intact and is extremely haunted. They used to use Kerosene lanterns in there and the black marks are still visible on the ceilings. In its basement is the original morgue in which TB patients were stored before burial next door. They did shock therapy here too and many people claim to hear screaming in the empty buildings day and night.
While most of the buildings were closed in the late 1940's, it's amazing that no one has ever developed mesothelioma from working in those still in use through the 130 years they've been standing. Anyway, I work for the security/police section of this facility. My fellow officers and I are the only people who now walk the halls of these huge buildings. They have all been secured with a key code security that only we, the offices have access to. Because we work directly for the director, many of the stations darkest secrets are entrusted to us, and we have all heard strange noises, seen faces and disembodied people floating down the halls. We've heard the sounds of someone pounding on the walls of locked rooms and when they are unlocked no one living is ever found.
This summer, all of these buildings are going to be destroyed and demolished. This is why I'm contacting you, Mr. Kouri. No officer has ever acknowledged in public any event I've just described and that will likely never change. However, I am willing to acknowledge to you events which I personally observed in face to face private conversation only if you will come and investigate the site with me. I'm forwarding this information to you through George Noory at Coast to Coast as he may want to join you here. Please get in touch with me ASAP - I really think you need to see this before it's gone forever. Mr. H.
*** While this letter was very interesting, we tried numerous times to get in touch with "Mr. H," to no avail and wondered how much of his story is true. In this line of work one gets thousands of letters just like this one, from people who mean well but aren't all there...If he's out there and is for real, I wish him all the luck in finding the truth he seeks...***
WOW Michael, it seems like you are in the room talking to me personally instead of talking with George Noory and millions of listeners world wide. Keep up the good work, fantastic interview!!! I'm enjoying this very much and hope that George Noory will have you on for a double or triple session sometime very soon. I was looking forward to hearing more about the haunted houses you've investigated along with information about your psychic abilities and your incredibly exciting life. Thanks! -Gary K., Ventura Ca.
When will you be featured on Coast to Coast again Michael. I've been listening to this show for years and you are the BEST guest they've ever had on their show. You're high energy, honesty and care for those living in haunted houses as well as helping the spirits comes across so loud and clear. We definitely need more good people like you in the world.! -Sharon H., Spokane, WA
Forget the nasty emails, you are definitely the Best Guest George has ever had on his show to date...
-Annie H. San Jose, Ca.
Hello, I am hoping you can help my family. I lost my lovely daughter on the evening of March 19th 2004, She WA just 35 and we can't understand what happened., I need to know how she dies & if she is ok now, also, how can I best help her husband and 3 children as well as her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews to move ahead with their lives? If need be, I can bring you here to our town if you think you'd have a better chance of connecting with her energy in person rather than in a telephone reading.
- Sharon R. Wisconsin
*** Dear Sharon, my deepest sympathy to you and your family for your sudden loss. I'd be more than happy to try to help you all with your situation through my psychic abilities. Please contact me directly so that we can look at our calendars. Remember, everyone must leave at some point in their lives. We never really know when that time will come and we must always try to live as if we are prepared to accept the difficulties in life. Remind your loved ones of how much their mother and aunt loved them. Never let them forget how she encouraged them in the short time they knew her. Love is always helps. You'll be in my prayers, Michael J. Kouri
I'm so glad George Noory had you on his show tonight. I've been hoping that they would have someone with your credentials for a long time now, but was disappointed that you didn't get to finish talking about the haunted houses in California. And why didn't George let you finish telling us about Marilyn Monroe and the Communication Circle you did for her in Hollywood? I really wish George would invite you back for an entire night of conversations of ghosts and haunted places. that would be so cool! I could listen to your sweet voice for hours. Your life is parallel to my own. I always thought I was weird, but hearing you talk so candidly about your own life has helped me to understand mine too. Thank you and God Bless, Michael-Ron G. Tenn.
*** Thanks Ron, I'm glad I was able to help you, too! Michael ***
Dear Michael, I listened to your session with George Noory on his Coast to Coast Program the other night and just loved your presentation and your wonderful person that came through so well! Thank you for a wonderful evening and for sharing with all of us your wonderful gifts of extra vision and communications. I'm visiting your Website now and seeing your books and your beautiful CD's and Jewelry. As the days come along I look forward to purchasing some of them. You mentioned on the air that night that some people had emailed you some rather nasty messages and I was very surprised to hear that the radio station didn't block them from you. So I decided that I would write yo you and tell you how much I loved"meeting you" over the course of the program and loved hearing your life adventures and experiences. Thank you again so very much for sharing all these so beautifully with us. I hope that George will invite you back on the show sometime soon. perhaps around Halloween would be great!
With so many Best, Best wishes to you, -Mary Mc C., Sydney Australia
Fantastic Show!!! You've really got to come and visit Pilegerruh Cemetery (Pilgrims Rest) The Pilgrims are not at rest and could use your help. - Mark P. Valleyview, Ohio.
Dear Michael, I'm sure you'll have a flood of emails coming to you after this incredible show so feel free to contact me when you can.
I am sure my son is psychic, but don't know where to send him to get the proper training he needs to learn how to use his abilities in a good way such as you do. We are "very " Catholic and have refrained of talking to anyone at our parish about his special gifts. Can you help us or point un in the direction of people like you in our area of the country? You are a gift from God, keep up the good works. - Eric B., Gary, In.
Thanks Gary, I appreciate your kind words, I work with children all the time and would be more than happy to help you and your family as well. Please call my office at your convenience so we can look at my calendar to schedule an appointment.
Many Blessings to you and yours, Michael J. Kouri
Michael appeared on The X Zone Radio Show with Rob Mc Connell, however never heard a thing from any listeners. The shows producer Mrs. Mc Connell and Rob claim their show is aired world-wide. Has anyone ever heard it? Michael always receives some sort of email whenever he appears on radio and television. We've tried to email this couple and they never return our emails anymore. Funny, but we're wondering if this is a Twilight Zone Radio Station- Is the X Zone in an X Zone, or is it for real? Let us know if you're heard the show. Their website claims that Rob is the Art Bell of Canada? Whatever the case, it was a wonderful interview ...perhaps the world will never know!
(Above Right ) Michael converses with the ghost of a child at the Queen Mary Pool in Long Beach, Ca. with his team of investigators - Orbs were everywhere.
Michael investigates the sets of Disney's Haunted Mansion Movie in Hollywood, Ca
(Above and Right) Michael investigates the sets of the Haunted Mansion Movie where employees swore they saw and felt real ghosts playing tricks on them. Do you see any ghosts in this picture with Michael?
(Left) Michael appeared on theLovelines show on KROQ with Adam Corolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky on Halloween night (2004) from 10 to Midnight!
Michael appeared on the Gene Simmons Family Jewels TV show to air on A&E. here he poses with Gene and Shannon Tweed on the Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach, California.
Michael conducted a Seance for Gene, Shannon and AJ in one of the most Haunted rooms aboard the Queen Mary... Gene was very frightened with the outcome. Copy and paste the link below into your browser to catch a glimpse of Michael J. Kouri in action with Gene Simmons on the very haunted Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach, Ca. https://youtuberxo9uY4RrPs
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(Above) Michael J. Kouri takes moment out of his time in he Disney booth at the 2014 Comikaze Convention to pose with fellow Disney celebrities Terri Harden, Mark Silverman, & Rick Farmiloe. Each of thee Disney Celebrities were hosted by Linda Swisher.
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TV and Radio Appearances
Michael has truly been blessed with numerous gifts including a gorgeous Lyric Baritone voice which has delighted millions of his fans around the world. Having taught himself to play the piano and pipe organ in his tween years, Michael would play and old piano in the chapel of the church he attended Catholic School "I could pick out the songs we sang in church on the piano, and I'd often sing along as I was teaching myself to pick out the notes on the piano." Michael said in an interview on a Catholic radio show, that he loved those times he got to spend in quiet there in that chapel with God. " I would sit there and play and sing for hours after school and I felt a special connection with God, there. " One day one of the priests of the parish heard the young boy playing and singing and came in to see who it was. He came up to Michael with tears streaming down his cheeks and told Michael God has truly blessed you with these talents. The priest told Michael he didn't know he could play and sing so well...then asked the boy if he could play the organ too? "The priest asked me if I could play the organ the way I played the piano and I said I didn't think so, I'd never played a pipe organ before (which was what we had in our church) so I followed him through the big church, up the 2 flights of stairs into the choir loft, he unlocked the roll top of the organ, turned it on, invited me to sit on the bench and try. I was shocked to see 3 keyboards there and foot petals, but the kind older priest pushed down some levers, showed me which keyboard was for the melody and the base and suggested I play the song he'd just heard me playing when he came into the chapel. I touched those keys and found my way as I played Holy God We Praise Thy Name...and was astounded at how beautiful it sounded on the organ. " Within a few months, that priest introduced Michael to a professional opera singer who was the choir master, she took the young man under her wing, and within a year, Michael was hired as the church organist and was playing for most masses, all of the weddings and funerals at that parish.
"I soon found myself being called and invited to perform for other parishes within the Los Angeles Arch Diocese, and soon I was singing solos for special church events with the likes of Paul Salamunovich, the Music Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Director of Music at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood Ca.
Michael soon found himself performing all over Southern California as a soloist in several choirs. He sang at Disneyland with the likes of Pearl Baily, and sang background vocals for other stars throughout his musical career, all the while singing in churches for services, funerals, weddings, Easter Vigils, Midnight Mass and more. In later years he would find himself singing in touring Broadway shows, on television and in recording studios too. To date, Michael has recorded over 15 musical albums and still sings for specialty events. Each year, he sings for fundraisers helping charities raise millions of dollars for their causes. In 2000 he corded a Christmas album with fellow celebrity Psychic Medium Annette Martin, which they called: Christmas with Two Singing Psychics. While on a book signing tour, Annette invited Michael to perform live with her at the world famous Bodhi Tree bookstore in West Hollywood, California and Awakenings in Laguna Niguel, Ca. There the duo sang songs from famous Operas and Broadway shows and received standing ovations for their rendition of selections from Porgy and Bess, Showboat, and The Phantom of the Opera.
https://youtu.be/xphIbFRAtdc Click on this link to hear Michael J. Kouri singing the hit "Just Around the River Bend" from "Pocahontas" which he performed live at Disneyland.
https://youtu.be/rtir12JCh24 Click on this link to hear Michael J. Kouri singing the hit "Feed The Birds" from his favorite Disney film Mary Poppins which he has performed live at Disneyland with its composer Richard Sherman.