It takes a lot of courage and grace to start over after wrapping up over a decade fronting one of the most successful bands in Christian music. Fortunately, courage and grace have always been central to the way Mike Donehey approaches his craft.
When Tenth Avenue North ended their storied career in 2020, Mike Donehey began venturing into new creative space. Flourish is the result, a richly imaginative, redemptive set of songs that shows Mike at the height of his songwriting skills. On the latest episode of Trevor Talks, Mike joins us for his second appearance on the show to talk about this season of rebirth.
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Mike Donehey has seen his fair share of the unexpected. Following a potentially fatal car crash as a teen, Mike learned to play the guitar while still in bed recovering from his injuries. Learning the guitar quickly gave birth to songwriting, and that songwriting quickly led to the formation of a band. That band, Tenth Avenue North, became one of the most loved and successful artists in Christian music. Beginning with their acclaimed national debut, Over and Underneath, Tenth Avenue North’s audience multiplied with each new album and hit song like radio favorites “Love Is Here,” “By Your Side,” “You Are More,” “Losing,” “Worn,” “I Have This Hope,” and multi-week no. 1 smash “Control (Somehow You Want Me).”
At the beginning of 2020, Despite widespread notoriety and a devout following, Tenth Avenue North’s members began to sense they each had their own unexpected and unique roads to follow.
Mike has seized this opportunity, reveling in the excitement to expand as a storyteller, communicator and thought instigator wherever his voice is heard. Mike’s acclaimed book, Finding God’s Life for My Will, was an immediate best-seller upon its release. Mike’s new podcast, Chasing the Beauty, will look for the joy of God in the places we didn’t think it could be. Chasing the Beauty will debut on www.accessmore.com in 2020. But perhaps most exciting, Mike has been feverishly writing and producing new music for an upcoming debut solo album. Being one of music industry’s most exciting and engaging live performers and speakers, live appearances will undoubtedly continue to be a big part of his story going forward.
The unexpected has a way of disrupting our lives in ways we might not have ever chosen. But for Mike Donehey, learning to embrace the unexpected has been the very thing that has brought forth encouraging and soul-healing art time and time again. Looking forward, Mike is trusting to be led in any way that will allow him to continue to serve and inspire.