NEW ULM - The Brown County Fairgrounds came alive Thursday night with the inspiring music of the Christian Band "MIKESCHAIR."
Grace Community Church sponsored the band's visit to New Ulm all the way from Tennessee to play a free concert. The band's line up consists of Mike Grayson (lead vocals and guitar), Nate Onstott (drums), Seth Penn (bass), Kyle Schonewill (lead guitar), and Dustin Wise (keyboard).
"MIKESCHAIR has been around for 10 years," said Grayson."We started as freshmen at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. We signed our record deal in the fall of our senior year, and started doing full-time music after that."
Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
The Christian band MIKESCHAIR excites and inspires the crowd during its performance at the grandstand on Thursday evening during the Brown County Free Fair.
The origin of the band's unusual name is a reference to its early days at Belmont. Grayson lived on a different dorm floor from the rest of the band and often had no place to sit during band get-togethers. Eventually, Mike was given his own chair, and the name stuck.
"It's just a reminder of where we started from back in college with nothing much more than a chair," Grayson said.
The Rev. Philip Schenck said Grace Church considered several bands, but felt MIKESCHAIR had the best sound and members were inspired by Grayson's story.
During the concert Grayson told of his childhood and his family's struggle with alcoholism. As a young kid he feared people would learn that his family had problems, and he was reluctant to seek help. Later he learned the best way to beat the darkness was bringing it into the light.
For Grayson, the goal of his band is to write honest songs that connect with the heart of God and the heart of people.
"If we can do that, then we feel mission accomplished," he said.
MIKESCHAIR has released three studio albums. Their latest album is called "All or Nothing."