The doctors did not expect him to live through his childhood. He says, “I’ve got more scars than Rambo so I really fooled them.”
He’s also lived with epilepsy and literally died on the emergency room table in his teens.
Doctors and his mother were very protective and all too often Michael heard the phrase ‘you can’t’. Whether it was ‘you can’t run across the playground’, or ‘you can’t play baseball’. But he did it all anyway…and still does.
Michael explains, “Everybody assumes that artists like Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson and Waylon Jennings are my inspiration.
I listened to them growing up and love their music, but it was my dad that always was and still is my inspiration. I went through so much in the hospital and he always encouraged me to keep going and to do all of the things that so many people warned me not to do.
He always said ‘you can do anything you want to do.’ And that’s the message that I want to pass on now.”
In 2007 Rule set out on the long road home from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to Grey County, Ontario. He pulled everything he owned in a trailer behind his car. Michael was nearly home when a twister destroyed his vehicle, possessions and sliced off the tip of his finger. The only thing that survived the storm was his guitar. Music had never left Rule’s heart and this was a sign he couldn’t ignore. So Michael began his career in music.
George Canyon once advised, “just keep going, it’s going to take time but it will happen”. .. And Michael Rule won’t stop until it does.
Michael’s mission is two fold: to sing music straight from his heart and to inspire people to follow their dreams regardless of obstacles and setbacks.
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