The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Micah Gives the Underground a Soulful Spin

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Few of today’s singer/songwriters can say that they honed their craft under the supervision of a famous songwriter who was exiled from America for years due to McCarthyism. Taught by folk legend Peggy Seeger while studying at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., Micah, a recent performer at The Underground’s Tuesday Night Acoustic/Open Mic Night, is one of them.

With a soulful spin to pop music, Micah is unique among musicians today. He has been compared to a variety of people from Jason Mraz to John Mayer to Grace Potter + The Nocturnals.

Hailing from Rochester, N.Y., Micah started songwriting with his guitar as a teenager but has been singing “forever”. His inspiration comes from a variety of places, including “everyday life, relationships, [and] basic observations,” he said.

With two albums under his belt, “Micah EP” and “Coast to Coast”, Micah is on the brink of fame. He is currently working on his third album, which should be out late this spring or early this summer.

Though his CDs are great, he is even better performing live. At his on-campus concert he performed many originals, including “What It’s Like” and “Coast to Coast,” two of his favorites, as well as covers including “Killing Me Softly” as made popular by The Fugees.

“So many pop songs are written in the same key and progression,” he said “I sat down and figured out the ultimate medley” thus becoming the highlight of the night including a medley of popular tunes from Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus, TLC, Destiny’s Child and Jay-Z.

If you missed his show at The Underground, you may be able to catch him again. He will soon perform at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in Washington, D.C. and other venues up and down the east coast. In addition, he is planning on doing a national tour this spring, spreading his unique sound across the country.