We’re excited to share a free song with you this week from Dove Award winning artist Mike Farris. He snagged “Best Traditional Gospel Album” at this year’s GMA Dove Awards for his latest “Shout! Live” and was also honored in 2008 by the Americana Music Association when he was named “Best Emerging Artist” of the year. You may have seen his energizing live performance at festivals across the country (including Bonnaroo, SXSW, Austin City Limits, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival) and if you haven’t then you are missing out! Everyone who sees Mike play live is left awe-struck and amazed (including myself) so it’s no wonder that his live album won him a Dove Award, although it’s merely a snapshot of the live experience.
Mike certainly has a gift- I’ve heard it described as “that kind of soul bearing authenticity where the singer becomes one with the song” and he talks about it being the result of a hard-fought fight. His story is just as amazing as his gifted performance, but I’ll go ahead and let you experience the music for yourself.
Mike describes it like this:
“It’s music with dirt on its feet and sweat on its back, weathered by the elements. Its flames have been calling to people for ages now, way before I picked up on it. It’s in our genetic makeup. It pumps through our veins. It’s simple and straightforward. That’s one reason why, especially in times like these, we need it. This old music draws us in and warms us up like nothing else.”
Go get your free download of “O Mary Don’t You Weep” and visit MikeFarrisMusic.Net to learn more.