Live from Los Angeles

On Friday, January 27 the Mike Lee Band wrapped up their time in sunny California, when they stopped by Trinity Broadcasting Network for visit with JUCE TV in front of a live studio audience.

Mike Lee is in the process of writing new music, currently writing with Cody Norris, Darren Elder, and Rusty Varenkamp. Most recently, Mike teamed up with Seth Mosley at his studio in Franklin, TN.

Mike Lee follows Family Force 5; alongside guitarist, Scotty Kunkel and keyboardist, Sarai Knapp to wrap up a wild night at Creation Fest with a set lit by candlelight.

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In the summer of 2015, the Mike Lee Band hit the national festival scene as a four piece band (his wife Michelle on bass, Scotty Kunkel on guitar, and Ian Dunno on drums). When they hit the stage in 2016, the Mike Lee band is excited to represent a new look, representative of a new season; when they welcome keyboardist/ chick rocker- Sarai Knapp to the stage!

 

For original article by Andy Argyrakis, visit http://www.ccmmagazine.com/features/tobymac-this-is-not-a-test-argyrakis-no-1-album-of-2015/

The year may have just come to a close, plus it’s still a few weeks before the new music release cycle really starts heating up again, which makes the start of this new year a perfect time to look back on our favorites of 2015. Though I didn’t have the chance to listen to every single project that released last year, if only for the sheer quantity spanning so many genres, record labels and independent offerings, there were certainly several standouts across those I specifically reviewed for CCM.

If my round-up possesses any theme, it appears to be linked by artists of faith who aren’t only making a major impact amongst Christian radio listeners, but quite literally music lovers across any walk of life. But make no mistake, everyone I’ve selected is never afraid to say exactly what they believe, while making sure to balance both artistically interesting yet accessible musical landscapes.

So whether it be the hip-hop-infused pop sounds of the eternally youthful TobyMac, the classic metallic rock of Stryper or the R&B-stacked gospel grooves of Jonathan McReynolds (to name but a few), hopefully they’ll be a little bit of something for everyone. As you can see, diversity continues to be a constant throughout my listening palette and there was definitely no shortage of that on CCM’s speakers in 2015!

Andy’s Top 10 (click on album cover to read review):
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List: 1. TobyMac, ***THIS IS NOT A TEST***  2. Stryper, Fallen  3. Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two  4. Sara Groves, Floodplain  5. The McCrary Sisters, Let’s Go  6. The Gray Havens, Fire & Stone  7. FireFlight, INNOVA  8. Mike Lee, All I Need  9. Owl City, Mobile Orchestra  10. Manafest, Reborn

Mike returned to the studio this week to track a new single. The song, I’ll Follow, is co-written by industry veteran Rusty Varenkamp, who has written with and produced artists like Kristian Stanfill, Leeland, Ellie Holcomb, Aaron Shust, and many more. The song is set to release later this spring.

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This month, Mike Lee Band drummer Ian Dunno released two drum covers on YouTube.

“We hope to equip other worship leaders and musicians by sharing what we’ve learned over the years,” says Ian. He covered two songs that the band plays frequently on the road: “This is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham, and “Alive” by Hillsong Young & Free.

Head to www.youtube.com/mikeleemusic to subscribe and check out all of the Mike Lee Band videos.

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People are always asking how Mike Lee Band guitarist Scotty Kunkel gets his rad worship tone. Gear nerds, the day is here. Scotty is sharing his rig: