Watch List: Mike Hicks Asks 'Where Have Our Songs Gone?'
Nashville singer Mike Hicks sees music and life as inextricably linked, saying 'I believe that music should be the soundtrack that speaks to and about the whole of life', finding inspiration in the 'joys and triumphs, sorrows and failures. The excitement and the mundane. The adventures and the routines. The once-in-a-lifetime events and the everyday habitual patterns'. Whether on his own or as part of the award-winning Mike Hicks and FUNKtional Punctuation, Hicks channels an upliftingly inspirational brand of music that seeks to stimulate the cerebral while putting some groove in the soul through socially conscious lyrics and a soulfully passionate musicality, here sitting down to pose the question to the listener 'where have our songs gone?'.
Finding inspiration in artists such as D'Angelo, Stevie Wonder, PJ Morton, Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & The Family Stone, Hicks yearns to broaden people's view of the role that music can play in their lives and communities, saying 'there has to be more than the trivial and self-centered songs that plague the popular culture...I am an artist who seeks to inspire, encourage, challenge, help, cry out, and serve people of all ages and backgrounds through the gift of song...my first project 'This Is Life' tackled topics such as student loan debt, love, heartbreak, solitude, gratitude, exploration and adventure, and much more'.
Seeing his talents recognized in 2012 and 2013 by the Nashville Independent Music Awards (Album Of The Year for 'This Is Life' (2013), Best R&B Solo Artist Male (2013) and Best Funk/Soul Band (2012,2013)), and having toured as a vocalist and keyboardist with Keb' Mo' as well as sharing stages with the likes of Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Chante Cann and Michael McDonald, Hicks recently started a Kickstarter project so he can continue to share his music, saying 'having lived some more life, traveled to various places and having experienced more things, I've noticed a transition in my thinking and my living. I would love to share it with any who will listen. This is music about life, because of life, and for life. It speaks of growth...change...transition'.