As a college student, Micah Peacock was asked by a professor in class one day to do something bold and out of the ordinary. She asked him to sit and ponder the meaning of life. Though she was probably not expecting much of a response to such a broad and somewhat vague request, it gave Micah a brief moment to truly reflect on his core beliefs. When she returned to Micah for an answer, he surprised himself as much as her by actually having one. “The meaning of life is to try to find the eternal in the midst of the temporary,” he replied, not knowing that in the years since that day, he would find himself on a musical journey of trying to do exactly that.
Texas born and raised, Micah spent most of his life in the suburbs of Houston. Growing up with parents who were extremely supportive as he explored various interests – baseball, swimming, karate, youth events, etc. – he eventually found music to be the focus of his free time.
“I started playing guitar early in grade school, mainly because that’s what my Dad did, and he was (and still is) my best friend in the world. Playing music in church with my family was a natural outlet for what was becoming a real passion for me.”
Micah was exposed to many different sounds and styles of music while growing up – from his dad’s go-to rockers like Genesis and Toto, to his mom’s classic country favorites like Vince Gill and Charlie Pride. His parents provided the opportunity for formal training, and before long, Micah decided to pursue music at the collegiate level and headed to the University of Houston as a music education major. His eyes were opened to a world of music that fascinated, stretched, and influenced him beyond his expectations.
During his time in college, Micah also found himself involved in a church plant community called Ecclesia - Clear Lake. Leading the music for the church proved to be life-changing for the young artist; it began to teach him how serving is really at the heart of what a career in music is all about. Micah also started playing guitar for a number of churches in and around the Houston area, connecting with a network of likeminded musicians.
“I began playing with some artists in the area, including Stephen Miller, Matthew and Lizi Bailey, Jaci Velasquez, and David and Jessica Ray. These great people and their music blessed me with chances to travel all across the country and even overseas. I’m so grateful for the times I’ve had to experience the beauty of this world we live in, see new places, meet new people… all while playing great music!”
Influenced by classic heroes of pop such as Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, by more modern flavors of songwriters like John Mayer and Dave Barnes, and by earthy and unassuming sounds of artists like Robbie Seay and Matt Brouwer, Micah Peacock began forging his own sound by combining a passion for excellence in the art of performing and an ever-deepening faith. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the new songs found on his second recording project, Anywhere But Home (2011). This latest E.P. is a faith-based collection, giving voice to some of the questions and struggles that accompany a walk with Jesus. Produced by JUNO award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Brouwer, these songs intertwine lyric, melody, and instrumentation to portray the ups and downs of faith in a reflective and transparent way.
“If you ask me, music should be fun to listen to. It should make you think. It should make you feel. It can take you on a road to places you’ve never been, to some place familiar, or to nowhere in particular. It has the ability to express what is otherwise inexpressible, to take what is intangible and make it real. Music is what takes me from confusion to clarity, from questions to truth, from the temporary to the eternal. It’s my hope that my music can reach people in the same way.”
It’s safe to say that if asked the same question about the meaning of life, Micah Peacock, now 26, may have a few more sentences to add to his original answer given all that he has lived through and seen in the past few years. Nevertheless, the gut reaction of a young college student remains as defining a purpose as ever. One listen to Anywhere But Home and it becomes clear – Micah Peacock is finding moments of eternal significance in the everyday moments of life, and he’s sharing them with his listeners.
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