Newberry, SC- Many of the artists that visit the Newberry Opera House are on the verge of making their way to the top of their respective genres. Mike Farris is one of those artists who has recently emerged again, better than ever near the top of his respective genre. After the release of his Grammy®-winning album Shine for the People and his newest album Silver and Stone, you are sure to see a great performance when Mike Farris visits the Newberry Opera House.
Mike Farris is an Americana, rock & blues, and gospel artist who has begun to make a name for himself in the last 10 years or so for his fusion of Soul and Gospel. Mike Farris started his career as a musician in 1990 as the lead singer of Rock & Blues band, Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies. They were a successful band at first before losing large numbers of fans with its second and third albums. The band disbanded shortly after the release of its third album and Mike Farris took a break from the music industry and spent time cleaning himself up from drugs he had been addicted to since his troubled teen years. He then began his gospel and Americana music career in 2002 with the release of Goodnight Sun and He released one more album Salvation In Lights before Americana and gospel fans discovered his work in 2008, one year before the release of two albums: SHOUT! Live and Live From Westlake Studio B EP. After the release of those two albums, Farris went to rehab for an addiction to pain pills. Four years later, Farris released his most successful album Shine For The People and recently released his newest album called Silver & Stone.
Farris has won many awards including one DOVE award for SHOUT! Live, an Americana Music Award for New/Emerging artist, and a Grammy® Award in 2015 for his album Shine for the People. His most popular songs include: “Mercy Now”, “Let Me Love You Baby”, “Real Fine Day”, “Snap Your Fingers”, “Golden Wings”, “Can I Get A Witness?”, and many more. Farris’ song “Mercy Now” was released in his album Shine For The People, was adapted and inspired from a song written by fellow singer, songwriter Mary Gauthier who was also a recovering addict.
If you enjoy gospel music and enjoy Americana music that tells stories then don’t miss Mike Farris and The Fortunate Few when they visit the Opera House. The show is on Friday, March 1, 2019, @ 8:00 p.m.