Little Falls native to perform at GRA, April 19

Michael Shynes will perform at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls, Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m.  Photo courtesy of Gunnar Cook Photography

Michael Shynes will perform at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls, Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Photo courtesy of Gunnar Cook Photography

Little Falls born and raised singer and songwriter Michael Shynes will perform at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls, Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m.

Fans have been waiting over two years for Shynes’ sophomore effort after “Lifeline” drew much praise and acclaim from music heads and loyal supporters across the country.

Rebecca Cicione of Columbia Records wrote, “Musically, I’m in love. His light, accessible, passionate sound is one that had me hitting the repeat button on one song for almost an hour.”  Diana Bonilla of the LA Examiner, wrote: “The rising star creates an intimate environment through his music.”

Over the last year, Shynes took several months off to be with his father as he battled a terminal illness. It was an experience that he drew on heavily when writing songs for this record.

“The way I see it, I could give his suffering meaning by allowing it to motivate me. The other option would be to let it completely consume me, and that would be giving the disease the glory,” Shynes said.

“When Here and Now Becomes There and Then,” features Shynes’ rare ability to blend virtually any genre of music over an acoustic landscape. His atmospheric tones and understated percussion enable a musical place where stories can be told, and the vocal and lyrics retain the main focus.

“I feel that as a singer/songwriters, we have the rare ability to speak directly with our listeners, and that has never been an opportunity I take lightly,” said Shynes.

Great River Arts is located at 122 S.E. First St., in historic downtown Little Falls. Gallery and gift shop hours are Wednesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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