Known internationally as the vocalist/composer of the alternative rock band R.E.M., the American John Michael Stipe was born on January 4, 1960 in the city of Decatur, in the state of Georgia.
Son of a military father, Michael Stipe lived in different cities in his childhood. He completed high school in Collinsville, Illinois, in 1978. In 1980, while attending college in Athens, Georgia, Stipe befriended a salesman at a record store where he usually attends. The seller, named Peter Buck, and Stipe decided to form a band. With Bill Berry and Mike Mills, they formed R.E.M..
The band released 15 albums between 1983 and 2011, when it broke up.
In October 2019, Michael Stipe launched digitally, through his website, his first official single, entitled "Your Capricious Soul".