Mike Farris

Album Title: Salvation in Lights
Release Date: 2007
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Genre: Blues/Gospel
"Where grace meets struggle" is what Mike Farris says about his album Salvation in Lights. Smooth and soulful, Farris has got the gospel blues stylings that make you feel the music long after the album has ended. "Sit Down Servant "is a brilliant stomp revival song that exercises the very essence of traditional gospel, but then Farris cranks it up with a more modern bass and piano driven beat. "Change is Gonna Come" hits all the right notes like Al Green once did and contemplates the dark moments of life and hope that is coming. Mississippi soul overflows in "Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down" and the lyrics and harmonizing inspires.

Having toured with such musical heavy-weights as Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, and the Allman Brothers, Farris was struggling with drug and alcohol addictions while on the road. He says of that time, "inside, in the middle of it you can't fathom life outside of it." The changing point for Farris was when he was struggling with drugs and alcohol and he went to a funeral and saw another family member who was also struggling with addictions and on the way out from the gravesite Farris saw them in their car and thought to himself, "I'm not going to end up like that." He continues, "If not for the grace of God I would surely be dead or wishing I were deadÖMy life is a testament that God has an unique and special place for everyone. God will use people no matter how tattered and torn. Just surrender to His love and trust in His grace."

For more information please visit www.mikefarrismusic.net.

Writer: Lindsay Whitfield


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