Michael was born and raised in the Beach community of Toronto, Ontario. As a performer he has traveled to over 45 countries and performed on stages across Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Michael began singing at age three. His professional debut came at the age of ten when he originated the role of Jacob in the Canadian premiere of the musical Another Kind Of Hero.

Throughout his childhood, Michael appeared regularly in film and television, working alongside James Marsden (X-Men, Hairspray, 27 Dresses) and Kevin Zegers (Transamerica, The Jane Austen Book Club). During this time he recorded a duet entitled "It's A Hit" with singer/songwriter Lenny Graf. The song was a top ten hit for more then 20 consecutive weeks on the US radio network, Radio AAHS and was awarded the "Our Choice Outstanding Selection" by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Michael majored in Classical music for seven years at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and trained in the prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program at the Sheridan College Institute. He has studied Improv and Stand-up comedy with Toronto's Second City, Clown with Masterclown Philippe Gaulier (Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris), and he attended the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University where he studied under Emmy, Tony and Grammy award nominees/winners.

He spent two years singing in Tokyo, Japan with Walt Disney Entertainment and later returned to Japan with the USO to perform for the troops stationed on the American Naval bases

Michael's self-titled debut album is a 2010 Toronto Independent Music Award Nominee for Best Adult Contemporary Album, and the 2009 TWISI Award Winner for Best Album, and People's Choice Best Album. Produced by Alan Poaps and Shawn Daudlin of Apmar Music, mixed by Juno Award winning engineer Denis Tougas and mastered at Sterling Sound by Tom Coyne (Britney Spears, Beyonce, NSYNC). The album is an eclectic mix of jazz, pop and R&B covers brought together by amazing arrangements and Michael’s soaring range that covers over four octaves. The album is available at iTunes, HMV retailers across the country and through his website.

Michael was a featured guest of Grammy Award winning producer, David Foster, on his highly successful, sold-out, North American arena tour, David Foster & Friends. Sarah McLachlan, Chicago's Peter Cetera, Earth Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey, Oprah protege Charice, Deborah Cox and the Canadian Tenors were also featured on the bill.

A sought-after Concert and Cabaret performer, Michael has headlined The Mod Club Theatre, Berkeley Street Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto Centre For the Arts, Young Centre For the Arts, Annex Theatre, Statler's Piano Lounge and been featured at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, GM Place, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Bathurst Street Theatre, Flying Beaver Pubaret, Bread & Circus, The Spoke Club, the Iseman Theatre in Connecticut, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, and the Laurie Beechman and Birdland Theatres in New York City.

As an actor, Michael starred as Gilbert Blythe in the hit Canadian musical, Anne and Gilbert at the Jubilee Theatre, Prince Edward Island and played the role of Dean Hyde in the sold-out, Canadian premiere of All Shook Up with Theatre North West in British Columbia. He was the principal vocalist for The National Ballet of Canada's West Side Story Suite at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and has spent the last three summers working with 1000 Islands Playhouse (Into The Woods, Pirates of Penzance, She Loves Me).

Michael is the writer and star of Mickey & Judy, which received its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. The show garnered rave, five-star reviews and was named Best of Fringe, Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Performance (Michael Hughes) by NOW Magazine. For the Toronto run, Mickey & Judy was nominated for the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards for Best One Person Show, the 2011 Broadway World Award for Best Independent Theatre Production and Michael received a Best Actor nod from the popular theatre website Entertainment World.

In August 2012, Mickey & Judy made it's UK debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London's Leicester Square Theatre. The show played to sold-out audiences and was named one of the HOT 100 of the festival (out of 2696 shows). Additionally, Mickey & Judy was nominated for an MTM:UK Award for Best Production of an Existing Work (alongside off-Broadway's Anthony Rapp: Without You, and Re-Animator: The Musical, starring George Wendt from television's Cheers.)

Mickey & Judy opened at the Duplex Theatre in New York City on September 10, 2012. The show was nominated for a Broadway World Award and won the 2013 Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Debut.