Mike Doughty was born June 10, 1970 and is an American singer and songwriter based out of New York. Doughty rose to prominence in the alternative/indie rock band, Soul Coughing, during the 1990s.
As the son of an army officer, Doughty grew up on military bases all over the United States. He moved to New York City when he was 19 years old to study poetry. It was here that Doughty founded Soul Coughing in 1992. By 2000 the band had broken up, in part due to Doughty’s addiction to painkillers, heroin and alcohol. Doughty was dropped by his record label, Warner Bros., and began to travel across the U.S. playing acoustic shows as a solo artist.
Doughty’s debut solo album, “Skittish” was independently released in 2000. Doughty continued to tour for the next few years to support his music. His second solo effort, “Smofe + Smang: Live in Minneapolis” emerged in 2002.
2004 saw Doughty perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, where he ran into Dave Matthews, a longtime Soul Coughing fan, and a supporter of Doughty’s third solo effort, 2004’s “Skittish / Rockity Roll,” which was a two disc re-release of “Skittish” and an EP, “Rockity Roll” with five bonus tracks.
Matthews went on to release Doughty’s next album, 2005’s “Haughty Melodic,” on his record label ATO Records. 2008 marked Doughty’s most commercially successful album to date, “Golden Delicious,” which peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Doughty followed up with “Sad Man Happpy Man” in 2009, which was also a success.
2012 saw Doughty published his memoir, “The Book of Drugs,” which described his struggle with addiction and his recovery. In 2013 Doughty issued a crowd-funded album of Soul Coughing songs, “Circles, Super Bon Bon, and The Very Best Of Soul Coughing” which were "re-imagined.” In other words, as he'd initially imagined them in the 1990s before his bandmates manipulated them, to his disliking. As expressed in “The Book Of Drugs,” he feels animosity toward the Soul Coughing versions. The album did better commercially than any of his other solo albums, reaching #65 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.