MARCH 7, 2013: UNDERNEATH, TOUR, RADIO!
Underneath is out! I am extremely pleased with it and I am excited for you to hear it! These days, "out" means that Underneath is available at www.mitchmcvicker.com, on itunes (and other internet digital music sites), and at concerts. There is some in-store distribution that is pending.
This spring, my concert schedule will, once again, have me criss-crossing the country. Hopefully, the Underneath tour will come your way. I would love to see you at a concert.
Thank you all for your gracious support of this my ninth album. I am moved that so many of you decided to partner with me in Underneath's creation process. Now, it just comes down to creating some awareness and getting it out there! When one believes in something, one wants as many people as possible to know about it...and that is definitely the case with Underneath.
In a week or two, "Savior, Savior" will be the first song released to radio for airplay. Who knows what lies ahead? But this is one aspect that could definitely help in creating awareness for Underneath. I will let you all know when "Savior, Savior" is "hitting" radio.
I look forward to our continued partnership and to what Underneath is yet still becoming.
2013: UPDATE ON NEW MUSIC! SUPPORT THE NEW ALBUM ON "KICKSTARTER"!
The time has come to record once again. This new recording will be called "Underneath". Unlike like my last two CDs, which only had a few songs, "Underneath" will consist of 10 songs.
I believe "Underneath" will be my best recording to date. The release date is coming soon. "Underneath" will be out February 22.
Much of this record deals with the practical, earthy truths and the mysterious beauty of the kingdom of God. The songs have been inspired by Jesus' sermon on the mountain, in which he teaches that the kingdom of God does not lie on the surface. And that's the main theme you will find running through "Underneath"
I NEED you in order to make "Underneath". I have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds that I will need to pull this off.
I believe in "Underneath". I believe you will like this album and like being a part of it's creation. In making a financial donation in support of "Underneath", you are not merely investing in the record monetarily...you are taking ownership. This is your album. I will do my very best...but this is yours. We are in this together.
I have invested much of myself into "Underneath...creatively, artisistically, musically, and monetarily. This is something I WILL do. But the level to which I am able to do it will be determined by the graciousness of givers. This project is something I HAVE to do. I am compelled to do this, driven to do this, and dare I say, called to do this.
Please go to the side link www.kickstarter.com on the left and consider partnering with me in the creation of "Underneath"
The money that is raised will go towards several things. It will fund using a top of the line studio, a first-class sound engineer, wonderful musicians and their travel expenses, and a great job mixing and mastering the CD. It is going to fund the design, packaging, and physical manufacturing of "Underneath". And, it will make promotional efforts (getting word out about "Underneath") possible.
Nothing that I have mentioned above will be done half-way. I have been entrusted to do this, and like I said, I want to do the best I possibly can. But, this is yours. To one degree or another, we are all walking through the kingdom of God...which is not on the surface...just like this recording.
All of my past records have seemed to have flown under the radar and turned into sort of underground movements. "Underneath" will be no different...I believe this will be the case, more than ever. After all, that is the very theme of the this record.
When the monetary goal is surpassed, it will not only make for a better recording, but it will initiate better marketing and promotion, higher quality manufacturing, and more extensive touring. I will be overwhelmed with gratitude. Yet, I will not be altogether surprised...based upon the level of gracious support I have received in the past! So, once again, what "Underneath" becomes will be determined by your "givingness".
I am recording "Underneath" at Greenjeans Studios in Kansas. I am benefiting from the wonderful musicianship of players; Michael Aukofer, Carter Green, and Dave Sprinkle. I have no doubt that "Underneath" will be as artful and creative as anything I have done...maybe more so. These guys are all accomplished multi-instrumentalists. We are coming together from all over. Michael is coming from his home in Chicago, Carter hails from Kansas, Dave is coming in from his home in Arizona, and I will be coming from Atlanta.
I would be moved to partner with you in the creation of "Underneath". Many of you have been super supportive of me in the past...and I am so very grateful.
I can't wait for "Underneath". Let's create it together. It is quite possible that we are never more like our Creator than when we are creating.
Some Exciting News! - June 2012
Film maker David Schultz, founder of Color Green Films, is directing a full-length feature film on the life of Rich Mullins. The film is called Ragamuffin and will be filmed this summer. Several of the concerts on the summer leg of Mitch McVicker's Walking Through the Dark tour will be used in the filming of the movie. Come to one of these concerts and you just might find yourself in the movie. To learn more about the film visit richmullinsthemovie.com.
Ragamuffin's film crew will utilize approximately a dozen of Mitch's summer concerts to film the movie's various concert scenes. The tour's concert venues and audiences will be used as Ragamuffin's actors, Rich and his band, play a couple songs. The songs will be filmed live and this will all be, in essence, a 20-30 minute opening act.
I am excited to begin…again. Yet, my resolve remains the same. My mission is steadfast. I am undistracted from my purpose. This journey is not new. But now, with "Walking Through the Dark", I am taking a fresh approach. The new CD, and the tour that is coinciding, is the latest installment in my exploration of what it means to live in the Kingdom of God. I look forward to partnering with you on this journey. For, we are all on the same journey. We are all wanting and needing to become more our true-selves and walk through the Kingdom in a real way.
After nearly four years of doing solo concerts, Mitch will be joined onstage by a supporting musician this summer. Dave Sprinkle will play bass, keys, percussion, and guitar. This will add yet another interesting layer to Mitch's already dynamic concerts. You don't want to miss this!
Mitch and Dave's friendship goes back a long way. Dave is a missionary who runs a traveling music school for Navajo and Apache kids in Lakeside, Arizona. This vision was first expressed by Rich Mullins in the years Rich and Mitch were roommates on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico while doing concerts and writing songs together. A traveling music school, on the reservation, never became a reality for Rich. However, Dave and Lisa Sprinkle have brought the vision to life and call the school Hope in Transit. Visit www.hopeintransit.com to learn more about the Sprinkles' ministry.
The Walking Through the Dark tour will also feature Cadee. Her debut CD, Sew in the Seems, produced by McVicker, showcases Cadee's youthful, yet mature, songwriting and singing, and her classically-trained piano playing. You can find out more about Cadee at her website, www.cadeemusic.com
Grace like dewdrops
Covering my soul up
Rustlin’ the leaves whisperin’ to me
I see it in the silver lining around the clouds,
I hear it in the wind, it’s callin’ my name
And I believe in you
I believe you believe in me too
The whole world would believe
If only, only all could see
Sunday July 3, 2011 -
Walking Through The Dark - check out the bio link for more info on this project!
Monday, September 6, 2010 -
Here it is, Everything Shines!
I am trying something new. I just released a mini-CD called Everything Shines. It is a 3-song CD, and it is not a "pre" to something bigger. It is its own thing. Sonically, it is as good as the longer CDs I have done in the past. Everything Shines, is made up of three new songs that I have no intention of recording again. So, there is nothing more coming, except for the next mini-CD.
I am still on the Always Believe Tour. Always Believe is still my "new record". But now there is a bonus...Everything Shines.
This is my new approach. Instead of waiting three years to record 12 songs on a long CD, I am going to record 3-song mini-CDs every nine months. For me, and hopefully for those of you that come to concerts and listen to my music, it will keep things more vibrant. There will be no lull or waiting period for the "next thing". The next thing will always be happening. (and, not to mention, a lot cheaper) It is my intention to have new recorded music every year. The concerts I do are always morphing, changing and growing, and now the CDs I record will be a reflection of that as well.
I think this is a closer representation of God's activity in our lives. With God, the next thing is constantly happening. God is always at work on us...ever-molding us, ever-shaping us, ever-making us. Sure, we can settle into the mundane and take it all for granted, but then we are not taking advantage of the opportunity and the gift that the Grower and Giver graces us with. But as we become our true-selves, the "next thing" is a constant.
So here it is! Everything Shines.
It is my prayer that I will always believe that everything shines. This record is the next successive step. After listening rather intently, one listener said that "Renovate Me", the opening song on Everything Shines, is a continuing thought of "Fifteen Minutes", the opening song on Always Believe. I smiled.
Everything Shines is my most recent "new record"...with more to come
Peace of Christ
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009 -
The time has come! Always Believe
Always Believe will be released on September 8 (I know, I know…nothing like letting you know at the last minute…but I wanted to make sure everything was lined up and going to happen for sure).
I have never been more excited about a CD, and the possibilities that come with it’s release. It has taken a while, but everything has come together in a way for this to truly be a great situation.
Always Believe will be released through Out of the Box Records and distributed by Bema Direct. As of Sept. 8, it will be available at all concerts and at mitchmcvicker.com (which is being revamped as we speak, and will reflect the themes of Always Believe very soon) It will be available at major Christian bookstores (and many not-so-majors…as I would have it no other way) and on all internet digital music sites (such as itunes, etc) by mid to late September.
As I said, I am excited. This CD means a ton to me. I believe in the songs. I believe in their message. I believe in the music. I believe in the artwork. I believe in the making of the whole thing. The recording process was a beautiful experience filled with hard work and creativity. The process of God-making-us was laced through the whole project.
Always Believe was my first crack at producing. I co-produced it with my great friend Michael Aukofer. We decided to record in a small, but stunning, studio in the little rural Kansas town of Wellington. It was the most creative process I have ever been a part of.
Always Believe’s first radio single, “Goodness”, will be released in a couple weeks. You can support the cause by contacting your local, or favorite, station and requesting the song. As I have come to find out, and many of you also know, getting a song played at radio is a huge, steep mountain to climb.
On a side note…heirchex.com posted Alway’s Believe’s “15 Minutes” on it’s website a few weeks ago. This makes it available to radio stations in heirchex’s network to download and play. I am unsure as to how much this has been happening, but I am grateful for their support. So who knows? You may hear both “15 Minutes and “Goodness”
On September 10, I will begin the Always Believe Tour, which will coincide with the release of the CD. I would love to see any and all of you at a concert somewhere along the way.
You do what you can, ya know? I am just trying to remain faithful to what the Lord is doing in me…and keep moving forward. From the start, my prayer for this record has been that it would be a kingdom success. That seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But probably only in as much as it is vastly different from what the world calls successful.
Let me say it again, I am excited about Always Believe. I can’t wait to share it with you. We are all in this together. I couldn’t do any of this apart from your support and your prayers.
Peace of Christ