11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their first album in three years, MIKESCHAIR reassert their musical prowess with renewed vigor and a sense of mission. All or Nothing spruces up the Dove-nominated Christian unit’s melodic pop/rock sound with a blend of organic and electronic instrumentation. Mike Grayson remains blessed with one of the most pleasing vocal timbres in Christian rock, conveying spiritual yearning with a mixture of awe and humility. Together with his bandmates, he serves up stirring anthems of belief (the title track), hosannas of gratitude (“All I Can Do”), and sweeping expressions of reverence (“Forever Faithful”). Though the album isn’t explicitly a worship project, crowd-rousing numbers like “This Is Our Moment” are invitations for fellow believers to join together in praise. Matthew West blends voices with Grayson on the redemptive ballad “People Like Me.” Most striking is “All to Jesus (I Surrender All),” an updating of the traditional hymn built around Jesse Hale’s luminous piano line. Producer Matt Bronlewee (Jars of Clay, Plumb) emphasizes both the band’s expansive and intimate sides while adding electronica touches and string backdrops.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their first album in three years, MIKESCHAIR reassert their musical prowess with renewed vigor and a sense of mission. All or Nothing spruces up the Dove-nominated Christian unit’s melodic pop/rock sound with a blend of organic and electronic instrumentation. Mike Grayson remains blessed with one of the most pleasing vocal timbres in Christian rock, conveying spiritual yearning with a mixture of awe and humility. Together with his bandmates, he serves up stirring anthems of belief (the title track), hosannas of gratitude (“All I Can Do”), and sweeping expressions of reverence (“Forever Faithful”). Though the album isn’t explicitly a worship project, crowd-rousing numbers like “This Is Our Moment” are invitations for fellow believers to join together in praise. Matthew West blends voices with Grayson on the redemptive ballad “People Like Me.” Most striking is “All to Jesus (I Surrender All),” an updating of the traditional hymn built around Jesse Hale’s luminous piano line. Producer Matt Bronlewee (Jars of Clay, Plumb) emphasizes both the band’s expansive and intimate sides while adding electronica touches and string backdrops.

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About MIKESCHAIR

Named after a piece of dorm furniture bought for lead singer Mike Grayson, MIKESCHAIR create upbeat Christian music with a Bon Jovi-esque sense for torrential, melodic rock. Formed at Nashville's Belmont University in 2003, MIKESCHAIR consist of Grayson, guitarist Sam Tinnesz, keyboardist Jesse Hale, and bassist Jon Haire. They self-released an eponymous debut while still sophomores in 2004, but did not begin to get national exposure until after their college years. In 2007, they teamed with Plumb for a cover of Norman Greenbaum's quasi-religious "Spirit in the Sky," featured on the Evan Almighty soundtrack. Shortly thereafter, the band was inked to the longstanding Curb label and, in July 2009, released another, completely new self-titled record, highlighted by the Christian radio hit "Can't Take Away." A Beautiful Life arrived in 2011, followed by a holiday EP, It's Christmas, in 2012. ~ Jason Thurston

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    Nashville, TN

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