Mike Farris is a musical renaissance man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and following the demise of blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble. In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015 GRAMMY® award for Best Roots Gospel Album.
He has appeared at multiple festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Merlefest, Telluride & Bonnaroo electrifying audiences with the impact of his live performance. He has contributed vocals to Patty Griffin’s GRAMMY®-winning Downtown Church project, as well as Rodney Crowell’s latest album, Tarpaper Sky. Additionally, Farris was invited to be a featured performer in 2011 at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin along side such acts as Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, and Ronald Isley. Most recently he performed on Austin City Limits for their inaugural “Hall of Fame Show” into which Willie Nelson and Double Trouble were inducted.
When his [band] really got cooking on a sinewy, gospel-funk groove, everybody in the group would improvise with a cross between the crowd-stirring dynamism of a charismatic church band and the syncopated endurance of a New Orleans jam outfit. And Farris, a raw-throated soul shouter whose Rage Against the Machine t-shirt pointed to his rock roots, was the freest one up there.
— Jewly Hight, Rolling Stone [Sept 2014]
Surely, there are few artists whose persona belies their music more than Mike. Out of this diminutive, self described southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful voice with a range, talent, and emotions that make him seem possessed.
— Terry Stewart, President & CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.
— Buddy Miller
Mike Farris is MAGIC – The Rejuvenator! You gotta see it to believe it!