We had the good fortune of connecting with Micah Bentley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Micah, what do you attribute your success to?
For myself, I’ve come to value the most important factor behind success to be authenticity and quality. If what I’m creating is honest and authentic and good, then it’s usually successful.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Music got a hold of me when I was 11, I found it to be one my most natural ways of communicating my thoughts and feelings from an early point. I wrote and played music on my own and in bands from age 13 until today (I’m 34). I always found the art form to be tied closely to my spiritual and emotional capacities. Songs carried bombs of meaning and emotion that made me come alive. I wrote a song in high school about a girl in our class that committed suicide and it deeply resonated with my entire school to the point that I performed it in front of the whole school at an assembly. At that point I knew I wanted to make meaningful music. I performed around town in coffee shops and venues and eventually had a strong following. I released my first single “My Heart Beats Fast” online and it gained a lot of traction for me. Shortly after I was opening for big tours/shows in Phoenix and touring. In 2007 I joined longtime friends and band A Change of Pace as their replacement lead singer. That experience grew me as a writer and performer as we did several tours and festivals and wrote and recorded with multiple grammy and acclaimed producers, songwriters and label executives. When the band ended in 2011 I resumed my solo project music and have been performing and releasing music ever since. My drive to create is to inspire and share the spiritual and human experience through awe, wonder, mystery and protest. In august of 2020 I released my full length album No Rivalry with my friend Rob Withem and on my friend Jeremiah Gratza’s label President Gator.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d spend some time at favorite coffee spots such as Driftwood Coffee, Reap & Sow, or Futura. We’d probably do some hiking around town. Food and drinks at places like AZ Wilderness, Grand ave pizza company, Cornish pasty, sosoba. Late night hangs at Gracies Tax Bar or Thunderbird Lounge.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe so much of my inspiration to so many but my wife Ashley is deserves the most credit in my drive to create.