All or Nothing is more than just the title of MIKESCHAIR’s third CD release. It’s the message of the band.
“We want to encourage Christians to step up; to know what they believe and why they believe it,” says lead singer Mike Grayson in a recent telephone interview. “There are so many things in the world today that steal our attention. We need to stop wasting time, stop wasting energy. We need to be all in when it comes to God.”
And Grayson practices what he preaches.
Following God’s Plan for 10 Years
Heading to Nashville from his home in Orlando to attend Belmont University more than a decade ago, Grayson always knew he would have a career in music. He just didn’t know it would be with a touring band.
“Ever since I was little I knew I loved writing songs, loved leading worship. From 5th grade through high school, I led worship for my youth group,” Grayson says. “I went to school thinking I would graduate and become a worship leader in a church.”
But God, it seems, had other plans. Within two weeks of arriving at Belmont, Grayson had connected with the men who would become the band, MIKESCHAIR. Grayson admits now he knows it was a divine appointment.
“We thought it was a very random thing,” Grayson says. “Ten years later, we realize God knew what He was doing. Now, I just tell God, ‘If you open the door, I’ll walk through it.’ For now, God keeps opening those doors for MIKESCHAIR.”
And Mike Grayson keeps walking through them.
All or Nothing Is Personal
All or Nothing is more diverse musically than the band’s previous endeavors; there are solid pop anthems, songs sung as prayers, and the album ends on a moving note with “All to Jesus (I Surrender All)”. Grayson co-wrote every song on the album, but the most personal is clearly “People Like Me”.
“It took me almost 15 years to write, it relates directly to my testimony. I come from a family that battled addiction, primarily alcohol,” says Grayson. “I was 11 and 12 years old when we were going through this, so I wasn’t the one actually drinking, but I still went through a lot of stuff because of it.”
God is Faithful
His family’s battles with addiction led to some tough questions for a fifth grader. Grayson wondered why their family, who went to church, who did all the right things, was going through this trial. Now, the experience gives credibility to Grayson’s message that God can be trusted.
“I feel there are a lot of people who are where we were, asking the question, ‘Does God’s grace actually cover what I’ve done, does it cover where I’ve been?'” says Grayson. “Yes, it does. That’s my family’s testimony. We are now experiencing 20 years of sobriety and recovery. God is faithful.”
MIKESCHAIR is currently on The Morning Rises Tour with Aaron Shust, Jonny Diaz, and Lauren Daigle.
All or Nothing, produced by Matt Bronlewee (Jars of Clay), releases April 1. Purchase from Family Christian Stores and receive two bonus tracks: “Let the Waters Rise” and “Someone Worth Dying For”.