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TRACEY EVISON: Micah Tyler puts out some ‘battle-tested’ songs on ‘Different’

This is Micah Tyler.
This is Micah Tyler. - Contributed

If you’ve listened to Christian radio over the past year, you’ve heard Micah Tyler’s music as he released his debut album, “Different,” in 2017, and it has only gained momentum since then.

Tyler felt the call of God in his life some years ago.

“I just knew I had to be obedient and step out into music full time. ...I told the Lord, ‘I don’t know how to be a professional musician, but you’ve taught me to be faithful.’ It was a daily decision to wake up every morning and stop worrying about tomorrow.”

After a few years of touring (up to 200 days each year), Tyler became surprisingly well known with a parody video, “Millennials.” After that song (in which Tyler sings all four vocal parts) went viral, Tyler wasn’t sure what to think about it.

“I’m thinking this isn’t at all what I want to be known for,” he says. “But in all of this, God’s helped me recognize he’s provided a special set of colours on my palette to paint with, and I’m the only one who can paint this unique picture with my life and story. If he calls it ‘wonderful,’ then I need to embrace that and celebrate its worth.”

Out of that experience, and others, came the album’s title track and current radio single. “Different” speaks to the call on every Christian’s life to show the difference that Christ makes. “Lord, I wanna be different/ I wanna be changed/ Till all of me’s gone and all that remains is a fire so bright the whole world can see/ that there’s something different/ so come and be different in me.”

The lead single of Tyler’s debut CD was co-written by Jeff Pardo. “Never Been a Moment” has a powerful message of God’s love through the journey. “I've been a sinner, I've been a saint/ A little bit of both every single day/ I've been lost, But somehow I've been found/ There's been some pain, been some regret/ Been some moments I'll never forget/ But when I look back/ From where I'm standing now/ There's never been a moment I was not held inside Your arms/ And there's never been a day when You were not who You say You are.”

Other tracks on the 12-track pop album include “Even Then”, “Beautiful”, “Comeback Song” and an acoustic version of “Different.”

Of the songs on the album, Tyler says, “These songs are battle-tested,...I want to live the music I’m writing. There are some songs I can’t write because I haven’t lived there yet. When someone comes up to me after a concert and tells me how my songs affected them, I want to make sure they know I can relate.”

Tyler’s debut project is a fantastic testimony of God’s love and grace. The songs ring of truth and authenticity. I look forward to hearing more from this talented musician.

Tracey Evison, a musician and educator on P.E.I., writes this column for The Guardian every second Saturday. She can be contacted by email at traceylesley538@gmail.com.

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