Today we’d like to introduce you to Micah Bentley.
Micah, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a born and raised Arizona kid who grew up in a loving, musical and artistic home. I started learning to play guitar, bass, piano in church when I was eight and ended up taking guitar lessons with a local hero who taught me songwriting, theory and the value of storytelling. I started my first punk rock band in Jr High when we played our first show with other bands. From then on, I was always creating music in a band or on my own. In 2005 I released my first solo EP “My Heart Beats Fast” all about young adult depression and heartbreak. As I grew and matured as an artist, I found myself drawn to themes of spirituality, love, authenticity, and oneness. From 2007-2011 I was recruited as the frontman of a pop-rock band called A Change Of Pace. Those years formed me further in my understanding of the music industry, writing pop, and touring. When ACOP ended, I moved onward to new music projects both as a solo artist and with a band I formed called Wild Earth. Both projects seem to exist in the tension space between sacred and secular and aim to inspire responses of mystery and awe. I also work in a Christian church community called Axiom as the art and music director. I oversee worship, the nurturing of creativity in the community and the creation of art and music in our spaces.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Songwriting and creating music as a solo artist and with my band Wild Earth is my primary outlet of creativity. I use songs to express what’s deep inside whether questions, story, awe, or suffering. I’m inspired most by the radical love I learn from my experience of God though I’m sensitive to that word having so many meanings, good and bad, to different people. My hope is that my music relates to the listener’s humanity and deep desire for love and authenticity. My solo music is a little more personal and life-based and musically more indie folk. My music with Wild Earth is a little more contemplative and focused on the sacredness of life and tends to be more alternative/indie rock, pop.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think the platform for art is completely changing and artists have always been the prophetic voices to their generations. I feel like the most impactful and authentic art holds up a mirror to its culture and reflects both the beauty and ugliness that exists. I’m probably the most impacted by current international and local events now than I ever have been and that definitely drives what I’m inspired to create.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My music is available on pretty much all streaming and online music platforms under “Micah Bentley” and “Wild Earth”. Purchasing the music, adding it to your playlist, following me on Apple Music and Spotify and showing up to our events and concerts is always a huge way to support!
- Website: http://micahbentley.com
- Instagram: @micahbentley, @wildearthmusic
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/micahbentleymusic, http://facebook.com/wildearthmusic
- Twitter: @micah_bentley, @wildearthmusic
- Other: http://wildearthmusic.com