Probably Caruso's most well known work remains Love Is co-written with Tonio K, John Keller and recorded by Vanessa L. Williams and Brian McKnight, featured on the Beverly Hills 90210 Soundtrack. It was nominated for a Grammy in the best of R & B vocal category and earned Michael a special citation of achievement from BMI for garnering two million broadcast performances. However, Caruso's musical journey has afforded him to collaborate with many other artists and writers: co-writes with Tamara Champlin and Dennis Matkosky for Chris LeDoux's "Runaway Love" (that would appear On Billboard's Country Music's Top 40 Chart) and Rita Coolidge's Shoo Rah. Caruso's most recorded song would surely be "Guns of Love" (written with Randy Sharp and John Keller) performed by Maura O'Connell, the Moffats, Pam Rose, Kathy Mattea, and finally by Caruso himself on his latest EP "When The Devil Starts To Pray.
On Bill Champlin's Solo Album "No Place Left To Fall"; Michael wrote the title track (with Bill and Tamara Champlin) and "Tuggin' on Your Sleeve" (written with Bill and Will Champlin). Caruso also co-wrote with Joan Jett and Randy Cantor a cut featuring Joan Jett & the Blackhearts for the Days of Thunder (soundtrack) entitled "Long Live The Night". Later, again as a song writer, he would attract Music Row's attention with Bekka Bramlett "What's On My Mind" (another Caruso, T. Champlin & D. Matkosky collaboration).
Michael Caruso's Latest EP "When The Devil Starts To Pray" is a fusion of folk, pop, Celtic, rock and alternative music. The co-writers and musicians involved in the project are some of the industries greats: Randy Sharp; Trey Bruce, Roy Braverman, Tamara Champlin, Jeff Paris, Glenn Goss, TJ McFarland, Dennis Matkosky; Michael St.Thomas, and Moon Calhoun. A film short, Sunshine Deprivation Blues featured one of the EP's songs "Tell Me What You Will" (sharing vocals with Glenn Goss).
with Tamara Champlin