Mike's main creative outlet for the past 10 years has been a collaboration with the very talented members of "By Sunlight". Initially started by Mike in 2005 as "Bridges" (in Sacramento, CA), the group released a debut album, "The Underscore", and hit the road on numerous tours. A couple years later, after a few lineup shifts, Mike Sparks (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Robert Cheek (guitar, keyboard) and John O’Connell (drums) moved the band to Seattle. There they met Jack Clemens (bass guitar, synthesizer) and continued to tour while developing new material. It was at this time, in the spirit of creative rebirth, that the band also changed its name to By Sunlight.
In 2008, By Sunlight released a self-titled album featuring forty minutes of continuous music. 2010 saw the release of two new songs, “Sung Surrender” and “No More Miracles,” providing a look at the band’s further development as songwriters. In the spring of 2012, after adding fifth member Evan Ferro (vocals, guitar, keyboard), By Sunlight returned to the studio to record a new full-length album. Working with producer/engineer Scott Solter (St. Vincent, Spoon, Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice, Pattern is Movement, Division Day), the band completed work on ten new tracks for the album, now titled Penumbra. The record was released in late 2014.
The members of By Sunlight continue to hone their craft with one goal: to create original art that’s inspiring and challenging for both the band and their audience.