Michael Wycoff honed his talents for singing and piano playing at his neighborhood church in Wilmington, a district of Los Angeles, California. Through his brother-in-law, Wycoff met R&B artist D.J. Rogers, who took him on tour and made him part of the recording sessions for the 1976 album On the Road Again. That same year, Wycoff appeared as part of West Angeles Church of God Choir on Stevie Wonder's “Pastime Paradise,” off Songs in the Key of Life. Additional work with Phoebe Snow and Natalie Cole came around the same time.