MIKESCHAIR

MIKESCHAIR

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MIKESCHAIR hails from Nashville, TN and became a recording artist on CURB Records in 2006. Since then MIKESCHAIR has appeared on a major motion picture soundtrack Evan Almighty in 2007, released their top 5 single "Can't Take Away", and has opened for acts like MERCY ME, Skillet, and Jeremy Camp.

Biography

The sound of MIKESCHAIR demands attention. The strong delivery of their self-titled album on CURB Records sets out to entertain as well as inspire those who listen. Their unique pop sound mixed with rock guitars, electronic textures, and bass grooves blended with catchy, anthemic, sing-along choruses compel you to step up emotionally and spiritually. The music inspires action to change the world through love.

Not only does the sound demand attention, but so do the remarkable individuals of the four-man outfit that make up MIKESCHAIR. Mike Grayson first found his passion for music while in sixth grade and continued to grow this passion throughout high school. He tied together this love of music with his faith as a youth worship leader in his church. Sam Tinnesz has dreamed of music his whole life. Through self-discipline and practice, he developed his skills on guitar, leading him to perform with many rock bands over the years before finding a home with MIKESCHAIR. Jesse Hale began classical violin training at four-years-old and has maintained his enthusiasm for music ever since. Using his well-trained ear, hes been able to pick up several other instruments including keys, synths and programming thereby becoming the bands utility guy. Jon Haire picked up his first bass in seventh grade and hasnt put it down ever since. His desire to mix his aspirations for music and performance has proven to be an essential element to the makeup of MIKESCHAIR.

The providence and origin of MIKESCHAIR was set in a freshman guys dorm room one night in Pembroke Hall 106 at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Mike and a friend were writing a song when Jesse, who had moved into the room across the hall, knocked, introduced himself, and asked if he could bring his violin over to join.

We were a little nervous because violinists are either really good or really not good,? says Mike, laughing, But he started playing and it was amazing!

A short time later, the scenario repeated itself as Sam happened to walk past when Mike and Jesse were recording the song theyd been writing. After the addition of Sam, all that was needed was a bassist. The guys reached out through a friend and brought in Jon to round out the group.

The name, MIKESCHAIR, piques a lot of interest and begs for an explanation.The 'chair' was the central gathering point where we got our start,? says Sam. All of us lived on the same floor of our dorm at Belmont, except for Mike. But, since he was always hanging out with us on our floor, we decided to get him piece of furniture to make him feel a little more at home. The chair was his only piece of property on our floor. He wrote his name on it in big capital letters, and it kind of became his seat of inspiration for writing songs and being creative. The name is a reminder of our humble beginnings and how far God has brought us.

Moving from dorm room practices to the public stage happened fairly quickly when the guys decided, on a whim, to submit an application and demo for Belmonts Christian Music Showcase. Though typically, bands composed entirely of freshmen almost never made the cut, to their surprise, they earned the invitation to perform after an extensive auditioning process. The guys rapidly worked up a set of original material and made their public debut as a band just two weeks later.

We were so new,? Jon says.We barely knew each other. There was even a moment when I looked across the stage at Jesse and realized that I couldnt remember his name.

Mike adds, It was undeniable. Though it all seemed so random at the time, how we all came together, but it is obvious now that we were hand-picked for this.

After a successful showcase, the guys began to use every available weekend, spring break, holiday, and vacation to perform. Sometimes they would have to drive through the night just to make it to their 8 AM classes the following day. It was the fall of their senior year when the guys were signed and added to the well-respected CURB Records roster. Equally important, they chose to stay in school, graduating together in 2007 and earning their degrees from the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont.

Looking back, Belmont has been very instrumental in creating opportunities and connections that we may never have had,? says Jon.

Since signing with their label, MIKESCHAIR plunged full-time into touring and developing new material. They have continued to play as many shows as their schedule allows, opening for acts such as Jeremy Camp, Jars of Clay, MercyMe, and Brandon Heath along the way. In addition to touring, MIKESCHAIR also recently completed their first official album with award-winning co-producers Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp (Bebo Norman, Rush of Fools, Tenth Avenue North). The results of their collaborative efforts with Ingram and Varenkamp on MIKESCHAIR's self-titled album more than meet the measure of a strong debut in any genre. Notable songs on the albu

Lyrics

Straight to Your Heart

Written By: Sam Tinnesz/ Mike Grayson/ Matt Bronleewe

Ive got the strength to walk a thousand miles
Im not gonna stop til i reach you
You give me peace when the storm keeps ragin' strong

I'm holding on
I'm holding on

Your pulling me
Your Pulling me

Straight to your heart

I feel your love push me forward
As the wind pushes back
I'm not gonna stop til i reach you

I’ll do whatever it takes 'cause
Im not going back
Im holding on
Im holding on

Your pulling me
Your Pulling me

Straight to your heart

Let the Waters Rise

Written By: Sam Tinnesz/ Mike Grayson/ Ben Glover

Let the Water Rise
Glover, Tinnesz, Grayson

V1:
Don’t know where to begin
Its like my worlds caving in
And I try but I cant control my fear
Where do I go from here

Sometimes its so hard to pray
When You feel so far away
but I am willing to go where You want me to
God I Trust You

CH:
Theres a raging sea
Right in front of me
Wants to pull me in
Bring me to my knees

Let the water rise
If You want it to
I will follow You
I will follow You

V2:
I will swim in the deep
Cuz you’ll be next to me
You’re in the eye of the storm and the calm of the sea
Your Never out of reach

God You know where I’ve been
And You were there with me then
You were faithful before You’ll be faithful again
I’m holding Your hand

CH:
Theres a raging sea
Right in front of me
Wants to pull me in
Bring me to my knees

Let the water rise
If You want it to
I will follow You
I will follow You

B:
God Your love is enough
You will pull me through
I’m holding onto You
God Your love is enough
I will follow You
I will follow You

Otherside

Written By: Seth Jones


I've medicated lies for far too long
I've been living in a place that's not my home

Ive painted layer on layer to cover it all
But just a taste of your glory is never enough
Just a taste of your glory is never enough

Cause I want to live on the otherside
I want to live on the otherside
I want to live on the otherside
And swim in the Jordan

With an eye to the heavens
I've been counting the days
Impatiently waiting preparing the way

And when I finally see you, your face in the clouds
I'll hear the tongues of the nations, singing aloud
I'll hear the tongues of the nations, singing aloud

Cause I want to live on the otherside
I want to live on the otherside
I want to live on the otherside

I can feel it washing over
I can feel it washing over, over me

Fight the Feeling

Written By: Sam Tinnesz/ Mike Grayson/ Jason Ingram/ Seth Jones

You won't accept all the things you can't see
You say a mind can't conceive
A beautiful creator but in your heart
you know
you know
you know

You can't fight the feeling burning deep inside your soul
just give in the healing

You can't fight the feeling, I'm the lover of your soul
and I will never let you go

You can't fight the feeling

You run away but you never get far
Wearing heavy bruises and scars
You try and hide what your eyes still show
You know
You know
You know

You can't fight the feeling burning deep inside your soul just give in the healing

You can't fight the feeling, I'm the lover of your soul
and I will never let you go

You can't fight the feeling

Can't Take Away

Written By: Mike Grayson, Sam Tinnesz, Jason Ingram

Can't Take Away
Mike Grayson, Sam Tinnesz, Jason Ingram

All around
All of us
Fear has come and so we must
Ask ourselves
In who we trust
What we have here
Is not enough
So let it ring
In freedom sing

You can take away
Everything that I've been holding
You can take away the sun
You can take away the very air that I've been breathing
But you can't take away my God

Waves will come
And winds will blow
But it's not here I've found my hope
My beating heart
My very soul
Is held by one who won't let go
And so I'll cling
To You my King

You can take away
Everything that I've been holding
You can take away the sun
You can take away the very air that I've been breathing
But you can't take away my God

A hope that can't be lost
A love that can't be bought
You can't take away my God
Nothing high or low
Nothing you can control
You can't take away my God

Discography

MIKESCHAIR- self titled album- 2004 (Chair Ent. LLC)

Rock U- Belmont University Edition- 2005 (Reflective Records)

MIKESCHAIR- Otherside EP- 2006 (Chair Ent. LLC)

Absolute Modern Worship- 2006- (Word Records)

Evan Almighty Soundtrack- 2007- (CURB Records)

MIKESCHAIR- Otherside Single- 2008 (CURB Records)

MIKESCHAIR- Can't Take Away Single- 2008 (CURB Records)

MIKESCHAIR- NEW ALBUM - July 14th 2009 (CURB Records)

Set List

Set List 2009

1.Outside of Me
2. Straight To Your Heart
3. Back to Life
4. Let the Waters Rise
5. Hallelujah
6. Fight the Feeling
7. Silhouette
8. Otherside
9. Bloom
10. Keep Changing the World
11. Here With Me