In music there are those special artists that seem to transcend genre and defy categorization.  From time to time one hears a voice that can stop you dead in your tracks and shake your very foundation to the core.  Mike Farris is that artist and he has that voice.  The 2010 winner of the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, Farris, who is not a new face to using his musical talent to help those around him, will be playing at this concert where proceeds will benefit the Oconee Regional Humane Society on Friday, May 23 at Crooked Pines Farm in Eatonton. Tickets to the event are  $40, which Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres there will be a cash bar, and can be purchased at www.musicinthepines.com.  Seating is limited.

In June of 2007 Farris released the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights that married old time roots gospel sounds with his own unique arrangements that were mainly inspired by New Orleans, Stax and the blues.  The music was both spiritual and personal for Mike as it dealt with individual struggle but it also had a commonality that music fans from all walks of life could enjoy. In 2008 he won the American Music Association's “New & Emerging Artist of the Year” award and started to make a name for himself as a dynamic performer.

In 2008 and 2009 Mike Farris and his Roseland Rhythm Revue performed monthly residencies at Nashville’s’ Station Inn and called it “Sunday Night Shout!”  The shows had audiences that consisted of people from all walks of life and the goal was to make the crowd feel “excited, delighted and loved.”  The official live recording of the Station Inn shows, Shout! Live, was released in 2009 and won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year” in 2010.

 

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