"Blue-eyed soul to soothe the spirit"
Mike Farris fronted the Nashville band Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies in the 1990s and went solo in 2001. Mike's spirited, soul-gospel fusion found an enthusiastic audience, but life has a way of biting back: he's been through a lot since then, including a stint of addiction to pain medication. With the help of support groups at AA and NA, Mike bounced back and released the album "Shine for All the People," which put his blues-drenched sound at the service of recovery, his own and others'. Says Mary Gauthier (who ought to know, and whose great "Mercy Now" Mike recorded on the album): "Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap ... He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they're not ... that's magic.” "Shine for All the People" won the Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album.