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Micah Tyler’s latest album, “New Today,” represents personal struggle and victory. The Texan wrote the music in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, his brother’s battle with colon cancer, and coming out of those two events in a positive way. The music grabs you with its celebratory nature and features Tyler’s soulful voice. Besides the soul influence, there are gospel and country overtones. Of the emotional title track, Tyler says “This is the song I’ve sung to myself the most since I wrote it. I’ve sung it in quiet moments to fight fear. When I’m worried. When I’m hurt. I’ve never written a more honest song in my life.” Songs such as “Amen,” “Love Lifted Me Up,” “My God Fights for Me,” and “Welcome to the Family” will provide listeners with plenty of opportunity to sing with joy and dance. “I love this album so much because not only are we telling good stories and representing the gospel,” said Tyler in a release, “but it’s so heavily influenced by music I’ve grown up listening to, everything from Elvis to Shane & Shane to Ray Charles and Boyz II Men. I wanted these songs to melodically convey all the different emotions so you could really feel what we’re saying.”  (Fair Trade Services)

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