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Select tracks from Mike Farris solo projects. Current album Shine For All The People nominated for the "Best Roots Gospel Album" 2015 Grammy. Shine for all the People has been garnering critical acclaim since its September 2014 release on Compass Records. USA Today calls the album, “A top 10 hidden Grammy gem,” and PopMatters enthused, “In the midst of all of the fine Southern roots music, Farris employs powerful, backup choral singing that has the feel of the Beatles’ choruses in “Hey Jude” and others. From start to finish, this is a rockin’, affirming album of joy and redemption.”
Those familiar with Farris’ history and eclectic musical sensibilities know that he can torch the stage with his infused blend of blues, rock, R&B, and gospel, often moving audiences to tears of joy. His sublime, perfectly soulful voice is balanced by his broad sense of musical tastes. Shine for All the People is his manifesto, traversing American roots territory ranging from blues to Stax soul, from gospel to New Orleans jazz, from the Mary Gauthier penned stunner “Mercy Me” to the soul-laden “Power of Love,” with its Stax horns, back-up singers, and Booker T-ish quartet.
The powerhouse vocalist has won an Americana Music Award for New/Emerging Artist in 2008, followed by a GMA Dove Award in 2010. Now, with a Grammy nod for Best Roots Gospel Album in hand, Farris is blessed with a fitting acknowledgement of the music he brings from his heart and soul.
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