Micah Teruya

Micah Teruya

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Exciting and energetic, a new Christian rock artist is on the scene! Micah Teruya’s music is an exhilarating and diverse blend of musical styles ranging from delicate serenades to soul-wrenching rock. Combined with lyrics that inspire hope and change, Micah is building a solid new sound!

Biography

Chuuk, Micronesia, located 7 degrees north of the equator and about 6,000 miles west of Pasadena, California, where I was born, is where I learned to read, write, swim, set bird traps, eat green mangos, and to value people over material goods. Living there was a gift and is a significant factor in my worldview.

My parents were missionaries to Chuuk, a third-world island state. Compared to American standards, the people were materially poor, but so rich in quality. Years after returning to America (Hawaii), God grew in me a concern for those caught in the aimless, self-absorbed western lifestyle, a concern cultivated by my life in Chuuk and, now, rooted in God’s word. God has also opened my eyes to injustices in the world that we have been blind to for too long, and I am inspired to act, to bring about change through my music.

Although my music draws upon influences from bands and artists such as Jeff Buckley, Incubus, The Beatles, Thrice, Damien Rice, and Switchfoot, my sound is still unique and stylistically diverse.

This past summer, we had the opportunity to play at various venues in Japan. One evening we were asked to play at a dinner for new employees of a hotel in Ichinomiya. In all of Asia, Japan has the highest rate of suicide among young people. Being able to sing a message of hope, not just words and emotions, to those young Japanese employees (many young Japanese speak and understand some English) confirmed for me the power that music has to influence lives.

A tattoo on my forearm reads:

"Here am I, send me;
Send me to the ends of the earth;
Send me to the forsaken,
to the aching hearts that thirst for your touch;
Send me from all that is called comfort on earth;
Send me even to death itself,
if it be but in Thy service,
and to promote Thy kingdom."

Through my life and music, I want to share the message of hope with many others, the message about the difference God makes in my life and can make in theirs.

Lyrics

Walking By the Side Of An Angel

Written By: Micah Teruya

I cried out to the treetops of salvation,
And I have waded through waters of peace.
I have seen the sweetest mercies of an angel,
And I have heard the trumpets sound of victory.

And as I cry out to catch a glimpse of heaven,
Oh, sweet rapture, come and carry me.

And how many times have I been walking by the side of an angel?
Far too many times for me to tell.
And how many times have I been saved by the grace of my sweet,
Oh, sweet Jesus. ’ Cause he picked me up every time I fell,

Now I have spent some of my time in sorrow,
And I have caused my share of trouble in my youth.
But the scales on my eyes, they have been lifted,
And I can finally, finally see the truth.

I can finally sleep,
Sleep because I'm tired and I'm weak.
I can finally sleep,Sleep because I'm tired and I'm weak.

Lord, He picked me up every time I fell, I fell, I fell
Lord, He picked me up every time I fell.

Sorry

Written By: Micah Teruya

If you still want to meet,
I know this great little place
We can hang out together.
I said I'm really sorry for my behavior.
I thought I figured you out.
I know it's hard and It's harder to understand,
But hurting your feelings wasn't in my plan.
It's been days since we talked,
Can I see you again?
I really miss you bad.

And how do I apologize when sorry, sorry just isn't enough?
And how do I apologize when sorry, just isn't enough?

Please pick up the phone and call me back
'Cause if you give me a shot
I swear I'll change my act.
I'm pouring out these feelings
by the tears in my eyes,
This makes me breakdown and cry.
It's midnight now and I still can't sleep,
It's been this way for over a week,
I wish I had a prescription to heal my lovesick, broken heart.

Sorry, I'm so sorry. Isn't that enough?

Speechless

Written By: Micah Teruya

When winter showers bring us in from the cold
To a hot cup of chocolate to reminisce upon,
will you be there
and all of the people sitting round by the fire
The way the light is perfect
when it shines in your eyes
Because you, you're so beautiful;

You're so beautiful,
that I can hardly describe it so I won't
I'll just let my feelings speak for themselves,
You know me too well.

And when you come to me and you kiss my lips,
I can hardly hold back tears of joy,
And I wonder is this possible?
And when we sit in silence, as I gaze in your eyes,
I get lost in the moment
then I realize that it's true:
I love you.

You're so beautiful,
So beautiful to me.

Wander

Written By: Micah Teruya

Now, tonight I'm starting to feel
the end of my suffering,
I'm starting to heal
from the wounds that I have made.
From the wounds that I have made.
How I wish I had seen
through the eyes of my father,
Felt the signs and the warning s through the heart of my mother,
But that's just how I learn,
Sometimes you just have to burn

To see that you're standing in a fire that's burning your heart to ashes.
And though everyone warns you, You still just choose not to listen.

But to live you must grow in a garden of stones.
As I wander, take me under, back to you.
Cast me out to the seas, let the winds carry me.
As I wander, take me under, back to you

After so many times of crossing the line and then running back to safety,
I've come to find, I'm a cheater,
a liar, a slave to desire,
An open book ready to be burned.

With the edge of a spear drawing ever so near
And I still seem to stray from the light,
Now the next thing you know,
I have traveled too far
And am stumbling into the night.

Speechless

Written By: Micah Teruya

When winter showers bring us in from the cold
To a hot cup of chocolate to reminisce upon, will you be there
and all of the people sitting round by the fire
The way the light is perfect when it shines in your eyes
Because you, you're so beautiful

You're so beautiful, that I can hardly describe it so I won't
I'll just let my feelings speak for themselves,
You know me too well.

And when you come to me and you kiss my lips,
I can hardly hold back tears of joy,
And I wonder is this possible?
And when we sit in silence, as I gaze in your eyes,
I get lost in the moment then I realize that it's true
I love you.

You're so beautiful, that I can hardly describe it so I won't
I'll just let my feelings speak for themselves,
You know me too well.

You're so beautiful,
So beautiful to me.

Discography

A Test of Time 2008

Set List

Typical Set: 1 hour
Set with Worship: 1 1/2 hours

TYPICAL SET LIST
Four Leaf Clover
Wander
Sorry
Summer
The Wrong Things
Walking by the Side of an Angel
Speechless
Beautiful Eyes
High and Dry (Radiohead)
Wrecking Ball Dreams
Saints and Satanists
All I Need
Next Year (The Foo Fighters)
Hey Jude (The Beatles)

--------encore----------
Falls Away
Holy

--------worship---------
King of Glory (Matt Redman, David Gate)
Better is One Day (Matt Redman)
Fragrant Oil/ Lily of the Valley Medley (David Ruis)
God of All Splendor (Brent Helming)
I Stand In Awe (Mark Altrogge)
Gifted Response (Matt Redman)
Hosanna (Brooke Fraser)
Lead Me to the Cross (Brook Fraser)