Michael Wansley (born October 9, 1961), better known by his stage name TeeWanz and Wanz, is an American hip hop recording artist. He performs in various genres, including R&B, soul, hip-hop, and pop. He achieved wide acclaim after he was featured on fellow Seattle-based duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' international hit single "Thrift Shop".
Life and career
Wansley started performing in church, school, and on the street. He was introduced to jazz and pop music early and studied jazz at school. He has been performing since the early 1980s. At 21, he formed a band called Boys Will Be Boys. Their repertoire included covers, including INXS songs. In the early 90's Wansley went on to become the bass player in the Seattle band The Rangehoods, taking over for Bruce Hewes. He also was the bass player and singer for the original hard-funk band, Lifering, with David Scott Cameron on guitar, Jeff Stone on guitar, and David Nielsen on drums. He later on fronted a band called the Ghetto Monks and saw some success. He sang hooks in recordings by D. Sane and Street Level Records for a decade. He also took part in the summer of 2011 in the opera Porgy and Bess.
Wanz graduated from Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington. Prior to the break-out performance of "Thrift Shop", Wanz was a full-time software test engineer for companies such as Microsoft, Adapx, and Volt. Sane called him and introduced him to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to do the hook for "Thrift Shop" in 2012. Wanz has toured with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and performed with them on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live. He is also featured in the official music video of the song. After the international success of the song, he is working on an EP of 6 tracks of his own called Wander with the planned debut single from the EP to be "Tell Me One More Time". Wanz has written a book about a series of sayings he has coined over the years, to be called #The Book of Wanz.
In 2015, Wansley returned to his career as a quality-assurance engineer for the software company Tableau and has been working with at risk youth and other causes he's passionate about as well as working on new music.
- Featured in
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(Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz)
(Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album)
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