You may not instantly recognize the name, but I am sure you have heard his voice! Recently there has been a video floating around facebook on this song called “Millennials” that you just can’t stop singing along to. I was instantly pulled in by his voice – such a different sound – I continued my YouTube addiction and did some snooping to see what else Mr Micah has created. I was so excited when I found so much to listen to so I spent my day glued to my computer just enjoying his gift of music – and the gift of laughter he brings.
If you have a moment, take a few and go listen to his song. It will leave a smile on your face. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Funny right. I have to admit that my first reaction was YES- finally someone giving some light to this new generation we have, but then I did some more research on his creation of this song. Here is what he had shared about the creation of Millennials.
“As a millennial myself, I’ve heard so many hard stereotypes that have been firmly attached to my generation. Instead of shying away or ignoring any of them, I figured we might as well laugh about them together! Humor is such a disarming force,” Tyler told The Christian Post, explaining why he created the video.
The song emphasizes stereotypes that are commonly said about the millennial generation. Tyler sings about coffee shops, man buns, Instagram selfies with inspirational quotes, and the attitude of entitlement. The 33-year-old created the video to debut at a leaders conference at Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas, in hopes that it would to break down barriers between the generations.
“As I stood before over 750 church leaders from all over the world at this conference, I knew we needed to get every elephant in the room out of the way so we could focus on living beyond the labels and link arms as one Body.”
“JP Pokluda’s message following the video was all about the hope that millennials are to the world today and for the future. This video was just a funny little Trojan horse to get us there,” he said.
Publicity and attention was never Tyler’s aim behind making the musical skit, but he say’s he’ll take it anyway.
“My only intention was to serve a room full of leaders by making an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek representation of how crazy stereotypes can be against a group of people. To share it on social media and have it go viral was never the goal, just an added bonus!” he exclaimed.
The husband and father who hails from Buna, Texas, told CP he never dreamed the video would resonate with so many people.
“The way it showcases some divisions across generational lines, I hope it will help some people laugh together, start conversations, and ultimately, help us grasp the work we all need to do to become the Body that Jesus has called us to be.” Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-singer-micah-tyler-break-stereotypes-viral-video-youve-gotta-love-millennials-163455/#G6C7TCuYpK1XG5bs.99
I admit that when I heard the song, the old school part of me was full of chuckles, but after learning Micah’s intention of the song, it stopped me in my tracks and gave me a different look at it. I still love listening to it and every time I do, I still smile!
Even though the song was catchy, it was truly his voice that got me sucked in. We have so many talented musicians in the world, many we do not have the chance to hear, but his voice was calming and it made my heart happy. I continued my googling stalking and listened to anything Micah had posted and each song he shared, I really could not get enough of his voice. What a gift he has! I personally had to just thank him for sharing his gift with the world. Some may just think that he is talented and some might even comment that a certain song was “nice”, but it tugged at my heart. I was honestly grateful for being able to hear his gift. Days after, I was listening to the soundtrack of God’s Not Dead 2 for the 30th time and this time I actually looked at the back of the case and I gasped as I finally realized that Micah was on the soundtrack. I did feel silly that I jammed along to the song in the car and blasted the cd in the house and yet I failed to pay attention to the artists I was enjoying. Ya’ll, I am serious – go check out his music. Talented to the core!
Well, I did reach out to Micah – not knowing if he would respond back, but I had to tell him Thank You. To my surprise he did respond back and I am not gonna lie- I totally danced in my seat. He was so kind and so grateful for my comment. Then, I decided to put myself out there to be embarrassed by asking him if he was a dad – giving him no explanation on why I was asking. Dork moment. I knew the instant I received a response back from him that I wanted to help share his voice to the world or at least to the readers I am able to reach. I wanted to celebrate this man, this artist, this dad, for Father’s Day.
Mother’s do a lot of work and we deal with a lot, but the father’s we have in our lives- in our kids lives- they too do a lot of work as well as deal with a lot- that we probably all take for granted. I know I do.
Step-dad, grandfathers, dads – they are filled with a different compassion, love, humor and a yearning to provide. Neither my dad or my hubby are tie wearing guys, so each year I try to do something a little more different than the usual. I admit, it is very hard to do especially when they have every tool available and I personally have no idea the difference between this hammer and that hammer (and apparently, yes, there is a difference!)
This year, gather your kids around or have a sit down with your father or even grandfather and ask them some questions to keep in your journal, make into a framed piece or even a cute little book. Get creative, have fun and celebrate these dads. Even if it is a stranger you notice grocery shopping with his kids. Give him a high five and tell him he is appreciated!
OK, enough of my chatter – let’s get to know Micah!!
Micah – I meant every word when I fan messaged you that I was so grateful to hear your beautiful voice. Is “beautiful” an ok word to use for a male artist??
I’ll allow it. It would be weird to call someone’s voice “handsome”, right?
How long have you been making music and what was your inspiration for sharing your voice to others? How did you get started?
I’ve been traveling as a full time musician since 2011. I was actually sort of a late bloomer: taught myself the guitar at 20 when I was serving as a student pastor because I wanted to incorporate music into our weekly services. From there I just fell in love with it as a hobby and started writing and singing at little events. A decade later and here we are 🙂
You had me laughing with your popular video ‘Millennials’ – in fact I sing it as I spell it – and I was grateful when you shared the story behind it. Makes us “old school” parents think a little different. To be honest, one of the things I love most about your videos and songs is that you bring humor to Christianity. Growing up, I wasn’t raised in a church or even in a “Christian” home but I was always taught to be respectful of one’s religion. I believed that making a joke or light of a situation was taboo. Of course as I grew up and became closer to God, I realized that it was not taboo. I have been grateful in the past years to hear many enjoyable speakers, artists, comedians, who are Christian that not only speak the truth but give us a smile on our faith. I recently watched your video on Rosetta Stone skit – and oh my goodness – that was great. I laughed. Not because it was funny (it was) but because I myself am still learning and to be honest- some of those phrases I find myself lost in what it means.
I believe that God gave us a sense of humor for a lot of reasons: to comfort us, to lift our spirits, to encourage, and to just laugh at ourselves sometimes. When Watermark Community Church in Dallas invited me to introduce some topics of discussion for their Church Leaders
Conference back in April, I thought why not take all of the stereotypical elephants in the room and laugh at them instead of ignore them. It ended up being really disarming way to address a topic which was followed by a super impactful talk about equipping and believing in people my age (Millennials).
How do you come up with these creative pieces??
I travel over 200 days a year so I find myself doing most “creating” while I’m driving somewhere or on a flight. It’s become a fun habit for me.
Do you sing a lot to your wife and kids? What is your favorite to sing to them?
We actually really like to sing our own silly songs together. We just make up little soundtracks at the dinner table, getting ready for school, or doing homework. We’re a little crazy but it‘s kind of our thing.
What song is most personal to you and why?
I’ve got a song coming out on the new record I’m working on that’s called “Different” that is particularly special to me. My whole life I always felt a different and I really hated it. I wanted to fit in and I wished that I could just be like everybody else. I even struggled with it when I first started making music. It wasn’t until the past few years that embracing the way I’ve been designed as a person and accepting that I am the better at being myself than anyone else. This song has become really special in this season of life I’m in.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My parents were incredible growing up. Whatever I wanted to do – whether it was baseball, school plays, or science projects – they were involved and encouraging. They are still amazing but my biggest inspiration is my wife, Casey. She is the most sacrificing and servant-hearted person I could ever ask for to be beside me. I could not do what I do without her.
What were you like as a child and which one of your kiddos is most like you?
Ha! I’ve got 3 kids and I’ve passed on a little weirdness to them all. I was a thoughtful and rule-abiding kid which I passed on to my 10 year old, Noah. He loves being a creative and telling stories. My daughter 8 year old Hannah inherited my wild side. She is a thrill-seeker, whether it’s trying a new food or riding a new roller coaster. She is reckless in all the best ways and my adventuring partner. And then there is little Seth, our 2 year old: he LOVES to laugh. He is constantly entertaining or wanting you to put on a show for him. As a kid, I loved doing silly voices or making up jokes and songs to entertain my family or just myself. That little apple did not fall far from the tree.
Tell us a favorite memory of each of your children.
Every year on their birthdays, each kid gets a “Dad Day” where they get to skip school and have an adventure with me. We’ve been to zoos, drove around other states in search of missing books from their collections, took secret tours of NASA (I met one of the main videographers for NASA at a church event and he hooked us up), and eaten at new restaurants. But one of my favorite memories with Noah was when he turned 9, I put it on Facebook that I was looking to possibly buy a couple of Houston Rockets tickets because Noah loved basketball and a friend I met at a camp messaged me and let me know that his dad was a season ticket holder for the Dallas Mavericks and has extra tickets to a game. They ended up being on the 4th down behind the Mavericks bench! I spent half the time watching the game and the other half watching Noah’s eyes experience everything. It was amazing.
The way I came up with “Dad Days” came from Hannah being sad about Noah starting school. His first day of Kindergarten was really hard on her 3 year old heart. So as soon as we dropped Noah and Mom off at the school (Casey was a teacher for 10 years) I knew she needed something to help ease the pain so we made a day of her favorite things. Every surprise – from waffles at Waffle House to feeding ducks at a pond – helped her little troubles melt away. It was super special walking her into her newfound individuality without her brother around.
We actually took Seth fishing a few weeks ago for the first time. We rehearsed reeling in fake fish on his Mickey Mouse pole, watched videos on youtube of other kids doing it, and constantly talked about it for days. But the moment his string got the first pull from that tiny little perch, he lost his mind with excitement. We had the best time seeing him laugh and forget all the “practicing” we’d done. I’ll never forget it.
What makes you proud as a dad and husband?
As much as I want my kids to need me, I’m learning that there is nothing like seeing them become independent. From Seth wanting to pick out and put on his own pajamas every night to the older two doing their homework without being told (or begged)! It’s cool to see them becoming their own people.
What do you do for fun with the kids? With your family?
We love going to movies, playing family games, and taking road trips. But one of our favorite family games is something we call, “The Laughing Game.” Each person has 30 seconds to do whatever they can to make the other people laugh. You can make faces, noises, dance, but you can’t touch anybody else. You get a point for each person that laughs. It’s usually how we end dinner at the table together. It’s so funny to see how their little brains work and how well they know each other’s sense of humor.
What is currently the hardest part being a dad?
For me it’s being gone. Like I mentioned, I traveled around 220 days last year. That means I missed some class parties, baseball games, movie nights, and bedtime stories. But again, my wife is a the real rockstar in our home. She makes sure we FaceTime before bed, makes the most of my time at home, and helps them understand that I’m doing what I do to serve God and my family.
What is a piece of advice you remember your parents sharing with you?
“Always do your best.” That little bit of advice has helped me in writing rooms, as a musician, when I’m working on new projects, and now as a husband and a dad. My parents were both hard working and passionate people. I wanted to be like them and I learned the reason they were who they were is because they were always just doing their best.
What advice would you share with new dads?
Your wife is not “in charge of the kids”– change diapers, give baths, play dress up, cook supper. Your lack of parenting and being a good helpmate will effect your wife and children too.
What are the key ingredients for strengthening a family?
Our faith in Christ has always been our solid rock in the midst of a lot of wind and waves. We are never stronger and better together than when Jesus is at the center.
How would you define a father’s role at home?
A father is the head of the house but also a servant to every one in his home. His job is not just as a financial provider but also a shepherd to his family. He is the example and as a leader. Also, I’m the guy who deals with all the drains in the house and any bumps in the night.
What traditions has your father passed on to you?
My dad introduced me to a lot of music. We used to lay on the floor of our kitchen and listen to all his records. I find myself doing the same thing with my kiddos now. But the records have been replaced with my iPhone and the 80’s rock has been replaced with… 80’s rock is still awesome.
What life lesson do you hope your kids will hear and remember as they grow older?
Hard work is important but so is fun. I want them to see me doing my best everyday but I also want them to see me enjoying life with them. Being a dad is one of the greatest joys of my life. If my own kids don’t experience that, then what is the point?
Do you have any music news to share with us? Where would be the best place for our readers to hear more of your music?
We are in the process of preparing my first single “Never Been A Moment” to Christian radio at the end of this summer! It will be followed by my first EP with my new label Fair Trade Services coming out early this fall. Oh, and I’m going to be in a new movie! I got a part in the upcoming film “God Bless The Broken Road” that is due out later this year. I play a guy playing guitar and singing at a coffee shop. Some things never change 🙂