Mike Jenkins

Mike Jenkins

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Passionate about music and songwriting. Travelled around the world for the last 20 years watching and listening to people living. Influenced by Lennon, Dylan and Sting and Jesus. Not in that order. I will play until I drop.

Biography

Storyteller with a Song - Mike Jenkins

In an age where pop stars are born almost overnight - and frequently disappear just as quickly - singer-songwriter Mike Jenkins has proved that a long, quiet career can bring greater rewards and take you just as far, albeit in a less glamorous way.

Indeed, most of Mike's career, spanning two decades and over forty countries, has been spent travelling around the world not in limousines and jet aircraft, but in a converted ambulance.

Born in late-fifties London, Mike's career in music began when as a teenager, he set off with his first band to tour Europe. Once back home, he began songwriting and within a year signed a publishing contract with EMI. Seeking wealth and success, Mike headed off to the USA.

But Mike soon found himself on the stereotypical path of the promising new music star, eventually turning to hard drugs and alcohol abuse. The 'American Dream' he had set out to find was rapidly turning into a nightmare.

The ensuing years saw him criss-cross America and finally return to Europe, searching for truth and meaning in his experiences. Among his adventures, he was held at gunpoint by a crazed Texan and lived like a tramp on the streets of New York.

At perhaps his lowest point, Mike stumbled upon what he now realises is the truth he was always searching for:

'One morning, while I was living in my beat-up old ambulance and at the mercy of a bitter Amsterdam winter, I turned to the Bible for some comfort. I had what could only be described as an experience of God. It changed my life.'

Thanks to his new-found faith in God, Mike found the strength to kick his drug habit. He dedicated his life to travelling and sharing the hope he found in God.

'I want to show people how the power of God can change a ruined life. And I feel it's important to encourage young people who are interested in making music to write from their hearts, not purely for money,' he says.

Mike has spent the past eighteen years travelling through every continent, taking his music and his message to everyone that will hear him.

Mike has shared stages with the likes of David Bowie, Crowded House and Michelle Shocked. He has also appeared on national television in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and on the BBC in the UK. Today you'll find him ministering anywhere from the television studio to the local pub.

His music, a blend of acoustic pop, folk ballads and the blues, complements lyrics inspired by his many experiences. His songs tell powerful stories. Indeed, a review of his last album described his songs as "haunting" and declared him a "gifted wordsmith".

But Mike's true talent perhaps shines brightest when he engages with a live audience. With a rare emotional candour, he uses his repertoire of original songs to both entertain and awaken his listeners to deeper truths.

By Alistair Metcalfe

Lyrics

Broken

Written By: Mikejenkins

3.BROKEN 24/2/98. WOODFORD. (3.36)

THE WORLD'S GONNA END TONIGHT
SAID THE SONG OF A BIRD WITH A BROKEN WING
THE SKY'S GONNA FALL TODAY
SAID THE LEAF ON A BRANCH OF AN AUTUMN TREE

BR I CAN FEEL THAT WIND
I CAN READ THE SIGNS IN MY HEART

BUT THIS TIME AROUND
I CAN DEAL WITH THE TROUBLE IN MY LIFE
I COULDN'T SEE FROM THE SHADOWS I CAST
SAVED FROM MYSELF
LOOKING IN THIS MIRROR ATTRACTED BY THE DARK
SAVED BY THE STAR THAT BROKE MY FALL

THE WORLD'S GONNA END TONIGHT
SAID A MAN WITH A BROKEN HEART
BUT THE CHILD'S GONNA LIVE AGAIN
SAID THE SONG OF A BIRD ON ETERNAL WINGS

CH

(THE BRIGHT MORNING STAR YOU BROKE MY FALL)

Landing Light

Written By: Mike Jenkins

Sleepless night
Awoken by your turning mind
Restless flight
Dreaming with the fear of never waking up again.

Calling child
Dancing shadows on the wall
Sleeping light
Father comes to comfort with His voice.

CH This is His lullaby for you
Rest asured He'll be there in the dawn
This is His lullaby for you
Sleep easy till the Bright Morning Star rises in your heart

Landing light
Shining through on bedroom wall
Warm and bright
Knowing that the Fathers love is near

Discography

No accident-1989 Prod. Tony Clark, Red Studios.
Portable Songs- 1990. Prod Roy Uprichard, Belfast kitchen.
Storyteller-1999 Prod. Andy Griffiths, AG studios.
Broken-2004. Prod. Phil Goss, Appletree studios.

Set List

Crazy Change, Crying in the sunshine, Broken, Moving home, Love again, Gingerbread house, All that I am, Dancer on the glass, Landing light, For the sake of my religion, Storyteller, whatever it takes, To the limits.