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Southfield hitmaker Mike Posner ready to start cross-country walk

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Mike Posner is hitting the road on Monday, April 15 -- but not the way he usually does.

The Grammy Award-nominated hitmaker from Southfield, a Birmingham Groves High School Graduate, Posner will begin a walk across America on Monday, beginning at noon EST from Asbury Park, N.J. His 2,942-mile route will take him dead west to Detroit, then diagonally to his finishing destination in Venice Beach, Calif.

"The allure of it is its difficulty, its magnitude, and the inevitability of self-growth through the project," Posner, 31, says by phone. "I don't feel like I'm walking to show people who I am. I'm walking to find out who I'll become."

The walk is something Posner has wanted to do for quite some time, but it became a priority after the deaths of two people close to him -- his father, attorney M. Jon Posner, during January of 2017 and his friend and fellow artist Avicci during April of 2018. "I feel everyone has a list of things they'd like to do in life and then a list of things they have to do," says Posner, best known for his hits "Cooler Than Me" and "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." He also performed during the halftime show of last Thanksgiving Day's Detroit Lions game at Ford Field.

"After (the deaths) I realized I couldn't wait to do these things I had to do on that list. I'd been putting (the walk) off for years and years and years. The time is now. "

Posner's will be an "assisted" walk, with an RV driving ahead to each night's destination. He plans to perform some surprise "ninja shows" along the way and will also be listening to a library of 500 key albums he's loaded into his mobile phone. "I've been doing music seriously for 23 years and professionally for 10 years, but there's still Rolling Stones songs I haven't heard," says Posner, who released his third studio album, "A Real Good Kid," during January. "So I think it will be really fun to hear all those things I wish I would've heard by this time."

Posner isn't sure yet when he'll reach Detroit or finish the trek. "It's impossible to really know, because so much is weather dependent," says Posner, who plans to chronicle his adventures via social media. "There is sort of a time constraint; You want to get through those Rocky Mountains before it starts getting cold." He dies expect the walk will inspire more music and creativity, but Posner has other, personal goals that he hopes to achieve as he puts one foot in front of the other.

"I'd like to fall in love with the present moment and not worry so much about how far I am from the goal," he explains. "Usually the first 30 years of my life I've set a goal out in front of me and worked like hell to get it. I always felt like something is wrong until I get there.

"On this walk...I have to figure out how to be in love with where I am right now. That would be good and be a skill that would benefit my life ahead."

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