Silvertip Country loves Michael Sicoly. From that first home opener in October 2003 through the playoffs in 2017, fans can’t get enough. If you’re missing him this summer, head to Safeco Field on July 9. Michael will be singing the national anthem before the Mariners game with the Oakland As – as well as “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.
You’ve been hearing his voice for 15 years, but how much do you know about this Silvertip fan favorite? Here are six quick facts about Michael Sicoly:
He grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – just over the border from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. His dad was a school principal, weekend musician, and president of the musicians’ union. His mom was a stay-at-home mum to six kids (five boys and one girl). “A tough gig!” Michael said.
He’s a sports fan. Michael plays hockey casually now, but played a lot as a kid. “It’s in the blood,” he said. He also likes to watch hockey, baseball, football, and golf. And, he plays a lot of golf. “It’s a true passion,” he said.
He met his wife, Lynda, in a restaurant. They’ve been married 20 years. Lynda retired last year after a career in education.
He started singing and performing when he was 10 and “never looked back,” he said. “And, contrary to my teachers’ beliefs, I knew it was what I was meant to do.” Michael’s performed all over the world – from a private ship in the Mediterranean to the Big Island of Hawaii to singing national anthems for the Silvertips, Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders, Sonics, LA Kings, Toronto Blue Jays, Edmonton Oilers, San Francisco 49ers, and many more!
His biggest influence? No surprise there: The Beatles. “By far,” he said. Tips fans will remember the Beatles tribute Michael and his chums performed during intermission a few seasons ago.
When he’s not working, Michael spends his time golfing, fishing, boating, and cooking. “I love cooking!” he said. His Italian heritage might have something to do with that. Both sides of the family come from Calabria in southern Italy.
Heading into his 15th season belting the anthems at XFINITY Arena, you can see and hear Michael Sicoly at Safeco Field a little before the Mariners’ Sunday 1:10 p.m. first pitch.