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Community Invited to a Musical Evening Celebrating the Release of Peacock’s First Album

 

Texas-based Singer-Songwriter Micah Peacock, worship leader of The Well Plano at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, will perform at the House of Blues at the release party of his new contemporary Christian album Shadow to Sunlight, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., (doors open at 7 p.m.), at 2200 N. Lamar St., in downtown Dallas.  Tickets are on sale for $16.33, general admission, at www.houseofblues.com.   Proceeds from ticket and album sales benefit the work of Project Transformation (PT), a Dallas-founded program to help low socio-economic children reach their potential, engage college students in the call to ministry and aid in the renewal of urban churches.  

“I chose Project Transformation as the beneficiary because the idea of ‘living into our potential’ as children, students, and as churches resonated with what this record is all about,” Micah shares.  “I come from a family of educators, I ‘cut my teeth’ with regard to ministry in college, and am deeply committed to renewing how churches engage the Lord and what He’s doing, so those three areas are close to my heart.”

Peacock’s inspiration for his album comes from the impact of music and worship that he witnesses each week as worship leader of The Well at St. Andrew United Methodist Church and a fresh spiritual awareness that began to surface in his own life.

“To see people embrace fresh ways of worshiping,” added Peacock, “and what that kind of encounter with Jesus can mean for our lives, is amazing.  I began journaling about this experience by writing songs which now comprise my first full-length recording.”

The album is produced by Michael Omartian, a GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/songwriter/ musician who has shaped iconic recordings by Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, among others.  Peacock had the opportunity to interact with Omartian several years ago, which proved to be significant when it came time to record Peacock’s project.

“Micah’s lyrics are steeped in prose and poetry,” said Omartian, “and transcend the more mainstream worship themes of today’s CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) market, which I find completely refreshing.  The themes are approached so creatively.”

“Omartian’s recording wherewithal, paired with his long-time mixing and engineering partner Terry Christian’s expertise and A-list players, accomplished the musical outline I desired for this journal of songs,” said Micah Peacock.  “I wanted the album to sound analog with classic rock band instrumentation, minimal programming elements, and limited overdubs. You can almost visualize the band playing the record together at a venue.  I’m proud of the dynamic journey each of the songs takes.”

“The track’s awakening anthem, ‘Shadow to Sunlight’ musically imprints the personal, yet corporate, cry of disciples eager to dive into the deep end of faith,” added Peacock.  “When light hits an object, a shadow is cast.  You can’t have one without the other.  “I want to see all the glimpses of God and His Kingdom that are infused throughout our day-to-day lives.  I think the Lord is ready to give us a new lens to look through.  We have a choice to participate and dive in.  That may not be comfortable, but I’ve found that it’s by far a more rich and dynamic way of living.”

The lyrics of “Mystery” follow the track’s musical transition from the verses’ four-on-the-floor, alt-country pulse to the chorus’ half-time backbeat, prompting movement from open-ended questions to openhearted surrender as we chip away at the incomprehensible character of God.  

“We, as the church, use our blocks of theology to build a framework for our understanding of who God is,” Micah explains.  “That’s natural and good.  But, sometimes we use these intellectual blocks to erect walls around our hearts that harden us to the truth that our thoughts are not His thoughts and that some things are meant to remain a mystery to be explored and enjoyed.”

As Micah waded through challenging emotions in his own life, the balladry of “Stop Your Striving” was born.  Gentle acoustics, tender mandolin and sweeping strings emphasize Micah’s newfound lesson in grace.  

Growing up in a musical family in Friendswood, Texas, Peacock performed together with his father at local churches and other venues, learning to play guitar.  He studied music at the University of Houston and upon graduation set off on a journey that has led to worship positions in Kansas and Texas, national touring opportunities with Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Brouwer, and the release of three EPs: 2010’s What Surrounds Us; 2011’s Anywhere But Home; and last year’s love song collection, Unnamed Shades.

 “This is an exciting time for Micah and The Well at St. Andrew United Methodist Church,” said Rev. Arthur Jones, Associate Pastor and Lead Pastor of The Well.  “Shadow to Sunlight is an extraordinary musical journal from a passionate singer/songwriter, worship leader, and follower of Christ. We hope the community will come and experience the power of Micah’s music during this very special evening at the House of Blues.”

Shadow to Sunlight will be released on Sept. 2, 2014, and is available for pre-order on micahpeacock.com.

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