Mikeschair

Mikeschair

BandChristianRock

Progressive Pop Rock

Biography

Birthed out of a black hole of dirty socks and empty pizza boxes, Curb Records new pop-driven rock band Mikeschair found their raw beginnings in Pembroke Hall #106 at Belmont University. Between late-night study sessions and never-ending video games the five members of the band became friends, discovered similar and new musical passions which slowly developed into a full functioning band.

“We never set out to form a band, but from the very beginning, it was evident that God’s hand was in this.” explains multi-instrumentalist Seth Jones, “As we begin to walk down this road together we wanted to create something that reflected our desire for musical integrity and communicated the message we all shared to positively influence young people and give back to the community.”

With this goal in mind, the members of Mikeschair set out to become more than just another generic rock band. All bands are influenced through their youth by great musicians and popular icons but when it comes to developing a unique “sound” the truly great create a musical hybrid which strikes listeners as strangely familiar yet refreshingly original.

Beyond the typical favorites (Beatles, U2, Coldplay, etc.) Mikeschair references the early music that caught their attention—Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, James Taylor, Nine Inch Nails, Jimmy Eat World, Patty Griffin, Jars of Clay and many others. While this list of musical greats represent a hodge-podge of genres their collective influences have helped MC create a sound laden with rich texture and rhythm, laced together with memorable pop melodies and thoughtful lyrics.

Grayson’s warm vocals and Jesse Hale’s violin create a unique atmosphere in which the group’s collaborative songwriting efforts can brilliantly shine through. Additionally, with guitarist Sam Tinnesz’s rock-based hooks, Jon Haire’s accomplished bass abilities and Jones’ inventive guitar/keys, it is easy to see why the five freshmen went from Belmont’s dorm room to Curb’s reputable roster so quickly.

“It sounds a bit presumptuous to say, ‘it’s about the music, stupid,’ but it is about the music, stupid,” laughs Sam, “ and all the hype, vibe and attitude in the world can’t hide mediocre music and bad songs. And fortunately the public isn’t stupid!” Tinnesz continues, “They recognize and respond to great material and exciting performances.”

And exciting it is! Based on early response to Mikeschair’s performance, it is every bit as compelling as their recorded music. Jon Haire comments, “You can sit in a studio with all of today’s technology and create something that sounds really good, but the rubber hits the road when you stand in front of a crowd. It’s in that situation that the connection really happens between artists, audience and music.

Along with their move from college band to the world of professional music, the band moved out of the dorm and into East Nashville; a reviving community interwoven with low income housing and residents with great need. Across the street from the house where four of the five members live they discovered a church which was directly responding to the call of Jesus to feed the poor.

“We saw in this church,” comments Jesse, “A living example of what Jesus has asked all of us to do, this inspired us to somehow figure out how we could use the talent and platform God has given us and literally give back to the communities where we were going to perform.” Hale continues, “we felt convicted that it would somehow not be true to the mission of the band to just drive into a city, play for an audience, pick up a check and leave. We wanted to give something tangible back to the people who opened their doors so that we could play music.”

From the example of the church, the members of MC decided that from then on they would request every attendee bring a food item to get into their concerts. MC is committed to give this food, along with an additional bag of groceries donated by the band themselves, to either a local family in need or food bank of the promoters’ choice.

Grayson closes with these thoughts about the bands direction and vision, “We realize that, in this day and age, most promoters are tired of artists coming in and just taking from the local community and also that listeners are responding to great songs but quite often don’t even know the names of the artists singing their favorite songs. We’re not arrogant enough to think that we are the exception.” Mike continues, “…so as a band we feel we must respond to God’s call on our lives as a group while earning the ear of the listener. The only way we know how to do this is to use the gifts God has given us to write great songs, create music that touches the heart of our culture and give as God has freely given to us.”

Lyrics

Awaken Me

Written By: Woodward

You awaken me from my sleep
On the pillows of unbelief
You awaken me, You awaken me

You arouse me from my daze
With the brightness of your gaze
You are shaking me, You are waking me

Chrous:
And now, You’re here and You’ll never leave me
Now, You’re here and You wont forsake me
Now, You’re here and You wont reject me
Now, I’m alive and I’m awake

I was once asleep in death
Then you filled me with your breath
I can see You now, I can feel you now

I was guilty I was lost
Then you came and paid my cost
You awakend me, You awakened me

Chrous:
And now, You’re here and You’ll never leave me
Now, You’re here and You wont forsake me
Now, You’re here and You wont reject me
Now, I’m alive and I’m awake

Life is bursting at the seems
Then He breaks into Your dreams
And you are taken out, you are breaking out

I will not apologize,
for the fire in His eyes
Cuz Jesus loves you now, Jesus wants you now.

Chrous:
And now, You’re here and You’ll never leave me
Now, You’re here and You wont forsake me
Now, You’re here and You wont reject me
Now, I’m alive and I’m awake

Other Side

Written By: Jones


V1: I’ve medicated Lies, for far too long.
Been living in a place, that’s not my home.

I’ve 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.

Chorus:
Cuz I want to live on the other side
I want to live on the other side
I want to live on the other side
And swim in the Jordan.

V2: With an eye to the heaven’s, I’ve been counting the days.
Patiently 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.

Chorus:
Cuz I want to live on the other side
I want to live on the other side
I want to live on the other side
And swim in the Jordan.

Be There

Written By: Grayson,Jones,Hale,Neff

V1: You say that my feet will always find the ground
You say that You’ll always be there when I’m falling down
You say that You know me better than I know myself
You say that You’ll be there when I need Your help

Chorus:
So I wont fight anymore
I’ll make this the end
I’ve watched you come to my door
Time and time again
My hearts been broken before
I wanna let You in
Could you be there when it happens again

V2: Everything about You says You’ll be there when I call
But far too many times I don’t think I need Your help at all
You made a way. Erased a price I couldn’t pay.
Exposed all the lies and brought sight to my eyes.

Chrous:
So I wont fight anymore
I’ll make this the end
I’ve watched you come to my door
Time and time again
My hearts been broken before
I wanna let You in
Could you be there when it happens again

Bridge:
Its hard to see just why
You’ve given me the time of day
With all the times I’ve turned away
This time I realize
That You’re here to stay

Chrous:
So I wont fight anymore
I’ll make this the end
I’ve watched you come to my door
Time and time again
My hearts been broken before
Got to let You in
Cuz You’ll be there

Outro:
Be there in my darkest of nights,
Wont You come and be there in the fullness of you unfailing love

Can't Know A Life

Written By: Tinnesz,Woodward,Grayson,Jones

V1:
Broken. I’m calling.
Falling for You Lord
‘Cause Your hands, they offer
Much more than the world has in store.

Come now and take me
Make me worthy.
Your voice moves through me.
Your words consume me.

You are the way
The meaning today
You are the way.

Chorus:
I can’t know a life without you (3x)
I can’t know a life.

V2:
I’ll stand on Your promise
‘Cause my heart You’ll satisfy
Your love it confronts me
Leaving nothing to hide. I have nothing to hide.

You are the way
The meaning today
You are the way

Chorus:
I can’t know a life without you (3x)
I can’t.

Bridge:
In love with You
I need You
Can’t live without my love. (2x)

Chorus: (2x)

Discography

LPs
Mikeschair (Self Titled)- 2004 (Indie)

EPs
Strength to Shout EP- 2003 (Indie)
Other Side EP- 2005 (Indie)

Compilations
Rock U- 2004 (Reflection Records)
Absolute Modern Worship- 2006 (Word Records)
Evan Almighty Soundtrack- 2007 (Curb Records)

Set List

Various songs from both records and upcoming projects

The Typical Mikeschair set is about 40-50min of original music (8-10 Songs total in a typical set)