Artist Interview: Michael Gracy
What inspired you to write this release?
I want people to know that no matter where you come from whatever your background. There is room in your life for God. He Loves us all !!! Yes, we all have our own brand of problems and try to deal with them all our own. God is there for us to lean on and to give us wisdom to deal with all of our trouble that we have here in the chaotic world.
Any plans to release a video?
No plans to do a video. They are high dollar. I thing they are effective and help promote the songs. People like to watch movies put to music.
Any plans to hit the road?
My wife, Sandy and I were on the road for 8 years. We sold our home and bought a 5th wheel travel trailer and a used Dually Ford Pickup. We traveled from Nashville to California, up the Oregon Coast, across the Rocky Mountains and the Mountain States, to the Hill Country of Texas, and the Southern Tip of Texas.
Our truck broke down and was going to cost more than we could afford. So we settled in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Now we travel in our car and try to stay closer to home so we can sleep in our own bed. We spend a lot of long days and nights trying to get back home. Although we are in our late 60’s we have a lot of energy, and we recover pretty fast from the hardships and tiring pace of entertaining on the road.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I feel my music is different and I try to stick to the Traditional side of Country Music. The roots of it that has stood the test of time. My music is honest and true, and has a good story line and it has a moral to it and has scriptural base to it.
I feel I have a personality that is straight forward and honest. I think we need a lot of honesty and truth in the world today.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I listen a lot to Merle Haggard, Willy Nelson, Randy Travis, and a new kid on the block by the name of Willi Dakota. Willi Dakota for a youngster, sure has a way with lyrics. I like his writing. Of course Merle Haggard has a way of writing one line that reads like a whole paragraph. I try to condense my thoughts into nice tight lyrics like he does. I haven’t mastered it, however I am striving to improve myself in that area.
Tell us about your passions
Life gets me up. I love the life I have. I don’t have any big money or investments to fall back on. However I have the love of a great Wife, Sandy. We have 2 Children, a son and daughter. Between those two we have 10 grand kids and 5 great grand kids. If that don’t keep you young and broke I don’t know what will. LOL
I also have a good horse that I keep out at my son-in-laws farm, and I ride her 2-3 times a week. I still put shoes on her, and do some roping and dragging with her. I’m not as good as I used to be, but I’m as good once as I ever was! i.e. Toby Keith song that I sure identify with.
Of Course God. Without him I am nothing. He is what really gets me movin’ and grovin’!!!
What else is happening next in your world?
Right now God only knows. I have my name in the hat for a Pastorate at a couple of churches. I have a Cowboy Church Service coming up May 7th at Caldwell, Kansas. Caldwell in the 1870’s was a shipping point of cattle on the Chishlom Trail. Caldwell is celebrating her 150th Anniversary of the Chishom Trail by having a 3 day Festival, ending on Sunday morning with a Cowboy Church Service. I will be the Head Liner and sing some old Cowboy Gospel Songs and do and little preaching along with my Dad. He is a 91 year old Cowboy and is still very active, and a pretty good Preacher of the common sense of the Gospel.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Michael!