Mike Farris – New Release – Spotlight on Americanafest 2014 #10

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Mike Farris Releases ‘Shine For All The People’

It’s soulful, healing and uplifting

Led By Farris’s hypnotic voice


Mike Farris will release his newest studio album Shine For All The People on September 16 2014.  This long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed Salvation In Lights includes both original material and Farris’s trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and gospel.

Farris’s sound harkens back to early soul records, yet emerges completely fresh with this new studio record.  Sometimes you hear a little Al Green or a touch of Amos Lee, but his is a rich and unique footprint.

The album’s ten tracks are saturated with horns, Hammon B3 organ and gospel backing vocals, but Farris is the star here, with a voice that stops traffic.  The songs are a combination of Farris originals, co-writes, covers and traditional tunes with new arrangements.

Shine For All The People opens with “River Jordan,” an almost cubano, horn-punctuated groove, driven by Farris’s soaring vocals.  It has a gravity and power that is hard to ignore.  The two Farris originals, “Power of Love” and “Real Fine Day,” convey the album’s uplifting message of survival and gratitude.  The New Orleans’ dixieland-infused “Sparrow” takes a side trip to Preservation Hall, and the achingly poignant “Mercy Now,” (from the wonderful pen of singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier) as delivered by Farris—stands tall as a burning plea of forgiveness for all mankind.

Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap…He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he let’s them know that they’re not…that’s magic    – Mary Gauthier


If you need salvation, if you want to be uplifted, if you want to hear the best soul and gospel music around, this album might just be the key.  “I’ve discovered that falling is a divine thing,” Farris adds.  “It’s part and parcel of being human.  The important thing is to keep the faith, get up and go on.”

Track Listing

1. River Jordan

2. Jonah & The Whale

3. Sparrow

4. Mercy Now

5. Real Fine Day

6. The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow

7. Power Of Love

8. Something Keeps Telling Me

9. How It Feels To Be Free

10.  This Little Light



Shine For All The People includes the following players:

Derrek Phillips (drums and percussion)

Eric Darken and Mathew Burgess (percussion)

Gale Mayes and Angie Primm (vocals)

Kevin McKendree (piano, Hammond organ and Wurlitzer)

Tyrone Dickerson (Hammond organ)

Kenny Vaughan, Doug Lancio, Rob McNelly, Steve Selvidge (guitar)

Dave ‘Roe” Rorick (upright bass)

Michael Rhodes and Steve Mackey (bass)

Jim Hoke, Chris West, Jules Caldererra, Steve Hermann, Quentin Ware, Corey Distefano (horns)


Mike Farris began his solo career in the early 2000’s intertwining rock, blues and gospel in a way that allowed him to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul.  In 2008, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist and later a Dove Award in 2010 for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the year with Shout! Live.

He has appeared at multiple festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Telluride, Strawberry Festival, ACL Festival & Bonnaroo electrifying audiences with the impact of his live performances with his nine-piece band, The Roseland Rhythm Revue.  In 2010, Mike was joined by some of Nashville’s finest musicians including Ketch Secor and Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show, Sam Bush, Kenny Vaughan, Byron House and others to record an EP called The Night The Cumberland Came Alive to benefit victims of the Nashville flood.

He has contributed vocals to Patty Griffin’s Grammy Award Winning Downtown Church project, as well as Rodney Crowell’s latest album, Tarpaper Sky.


Mike Farris is performing at the Americana Music Festival 2014

Tuesday 16 and Saturday 20 September


“He looks a little like Prince and sounds somewhere in the neighborhood of Little Richard, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Farris’ supercharged voice slices through the band like a knife.” —Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore Magazine


via Compass Records


Read our review of Shine For All The People by Mike Farris

Read our review of Shine For All The People by Mike Farris

Read our review of Shine For All The People by Mike Farris


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