mikerathke
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SEEKING

Band to Join, Accordion, Bagpipes, DJ, Harp, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.

ABOUT

I've been leading worship since 2001 and have played in in several bands on the side...everything from metal to folk music. Recently, I have been playing a lot of solo gigs in restaurants, pubs, coffeehouses, etc. I've really enjoyed getting out in the community with music and have been feeling a strong gravitation towards the idea of pursuing spirit-folk music for something more substantial. I desire to write/perform authentic, original music that speaks to people on a spiritual level. There was a time when Christian musicians actually influenced secular artists (see Dorothy Love Coates and James Brown). I want to be part of a movement of artists that love Jesus and create art out of their relationship with the Creator. Instead of trying to copy-cat the latest trends in music, we as Christ followers, should be connected to the Author of creativity and make music from a place that is original, authentic and inspiring.

Screen name:
mikerathke
Member since:
Oct 05 2018
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
Over 100
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week

Influences

I'm constantly amazed at the places inspiration shows up. Just today I heard an old Randy Travis song that made cry like a baby :)
Lately, I've been really liking Iron & Wine, William Fitzsimmons, Alison Krauss, Ray LaMontagne, Josh Garrels, Strahan and others.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Expert
Other Percussion:
Expert
Background Singer:
Expert
Bass Guitar:
Moderate
Harmonica:
Intermediate
Upright bass:
Intermediate
Piano:
Beginner