6/22/15: LIVE Interview with anchor, Kellie Bartoli and Performance by Michael Miller Band. Check it out: http://www.wtxl.com/community/rockin-with-spirit-back-for-third-year/article_0d709724-18d6-11e5-b08b-3fbf44ebba18.html
3rd Annual Rockin’ With Spirit
It’s Going To Be A Rockin’ Good Time To #Catchthespirit
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Where: American Legion Hall in Tallahassee, Florida
When: Doors open at 7:00pm
Rockin’ With Spirit is Spirit of a Child Foundation’s main fund-raising event each year. It gives us the opportunity to raise important funds while showcasing nationally known and local musicians and performers to the community for an evening of great entertainment and fun. With past performances from the Marshall Tucker Band, Donovan Chapman, Chris Collins, Jeff Shields, The Nick Clemons Band, Boyd and Wood to television personalities such as Tia Torres from Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” the concert is the focal point for our continuing efforts to make a strong impact on the lives of families.
Spirit of a Child Foundation is proud to announce our 3rd annual benefit concert of 2015. We hope to see everyone on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the American Legion Hall in Tallahassee, Florida. Our featured artists include the Michael Miller Band, Sway Jah Vu, and the Tyler Denning Band.
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If country music was a location, Michael Miller would call it home. If it was a trip, he would call it his destination. Although Michael has listened to county music since his humble beginnings in Paducah, Kentucky, he didn’t begin his career performing it. Instead, he explored other genres, including band classics and those of faith.
Michael started with the trombone in sixth grade and ended up studying classical music at the University of Tennessee. He served as a squad leader in the UT marching band and enjoyed the bright lights and big sounds on the football field, but his love of country never waned. Even then, he counted among his favorites country superstars Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and George Strait.
Michael soon ended up at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he earned a master’s in music performance. The move to this football town changed his life, both spiritually and professionally. Michael joined Celebration Baptist Church and began playing trombone in the praise band, where one day the worship pastor overheard him belting out a country song. The next Sunday Michael was center stage singing before the congregation. Michael felt honored leading worship for his Savior. There was no doubt in his mind – God was at work! With a yearning to make a different kind of music, Michael laid down his horn and picked up the acoustic guitar. Over the next two years, he played and sang before his church congregation.
IIn 2013, Michael felt called to begin writing country songs. That’s when he formed “The Michael Miller Band” from a group of Christian friends from his home church. Since its inception, the MMB has been performing live shows in north Florida and south Georgia and just recorded the band’s first EP in Nashville. Michael and the band can’t wait to share the “MMB Sound” with their fans and provide world-class music while setting a positive example in their personal lives and artistry.
The journey continues. Please join them on their path!
““Sway Jah Vu”, a Florida based Reggae fusion band, uses a refreshing approach to music. With a distinct acoustic reggae-rock sound, Sway Jah Vu blends soul, jazz, and funk with powerful vocals and hard hitting beats that push the limits for creating new and exciting music while staying true to their mission of creating a cultural sway.
Sway Jah Vu grew from “Wayback Whensday” a former project developed by it’s lead lead vocalist Travis Cockerham in early 2014. Since it’s inception, Sway Jah Vu features the talents of Logan Pepper (bass), Terrell Sermon (drums), Brad Foutch (guitar), and Eric Kennedy (saxophone). Their debut EP, Stealing Secrets was released in May of 2014 and was produced by the acclaimed Julian Cruz.
Stealing Secrets, was written with an inspirational theme about evolving ones thoughts to come to a higher understanding about life, while also focusing on addiction and the struggles that it brings. The songs are written with a message of hope to people who maybe feel like they have lost it. With every inspi-reggae song, Sway Jah Vu continues to exemplify the message –“everyday is a second chance.”
While touring the southeast, Sway Jah Vu is constantly evolving to make the right impact on their community by putting on free shows for fans, participating in benefit concerts for charity, and volunteering for respected organizations. They feel there’s not enough people fighting the good fight so, they decided to give back wherever and whenever they can.
The Tyler Denning Band members call their sound “Coastal Soul.” They founded it on roots music like blues and soul with a sweet glaze of pop – not the Katy Perry variety, though. They say if Stevie Wonder was a Floridian, he might have a produced something like coastal soul music. Florida State University’s newspaper, the FSView, called the band’s sound “all-encompassing; rhythmic, melodic, soulful and groovy.”
One year after forming, TDB won the Tally Award for Best Musical Group in Tallahassee, Florida. Since then, the band has played hundreds of shows, including the Pepsi BamaJam Fest in Alabama (2012) and Magnolia Fest at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park (2014). Gaining a huge amount of experience playing in and around Florida has honed the band’s live show into a confident, energetic, smooth-flowing performance.
The group’s discography consists of a full-length album, From the Group Up (2013), and The Right Way EP (2014). The two projects document the evolution of the coastal soul sound, with blues-rock, reggae, and even folk songs flavoring the records. Dennings makes good use of his creative writing degree with lyrical themes ranging from love and heartache to death and the fast pace of youth.
The song On My Own speaks of a life lived fully, saying, “If my life is just a dream, I’ll wake up with one mean story to tell.” For now, the band is still writing its story, but it’s shaping up to be a good one.