Make plans now to view the Concert Series premiere of Mike Farris Wednesday night (3/20) at 8 p.m. CT. Catch additional airings of the performance at 8 a.m. CT Thursday (3/21) or 1 p.m. CT Sunday (3/24). To prep you for the show featuring this soulful singer, here’s some more information about Mike in this week’s “5 Questions” segment.
1) Your most recent album, Silver & Stone, refers to your wife’s wedding ring and is a celebration of your marriage. How did you zero in on that theme for the album?
After we won the Grammy for Shine For All The People I knew it was a good time to begin a new musical chapter, and in doing that I had to go through a process of trying to figure first what I want to say. And so after a while I looked up and realized I had so much inspiration in my immediate surroundings, namely my wife, Julie, and our son, Christian. We’ve been together for 25 years now and I thought, “What a great place to begin—with the one who has stood shoulder to shoulder with me all this time!” So Julie really became my muse for the whole album.
I’ve been blessed with truckloads of great moments already. From the early days—recording in Memphis for 2-3 albums at Ardent, being signed to the great Atlantic Records, touring with the Allmans and singing with them every night. That was special. Recent history, I would say singing for Aretha Franklin at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was big, winning an Americana Award, a Dove Award, and of course the Grammy has been amazing. Really, the biggest highlight for me is the fact that I got a whole new second career after sobriety. Nobody gets that. Nobody. So that’s the biggest highlight, that I get to go and serve people through music.
So many things still! We’re touring in support of Silver & Stone now, and then I want to go back and do another record as soon as possible. I think we’re ready now, we just wanna work S&S more, which is probably the best record I’ve made thus far. And then there is talk of a Christmas record and I’m actually really excited about.