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Michael Tiernan | Trading Cards for the Faithful

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Trading Cards for the Faithful

by Michael Tiernan

Like standing on the beach looking at a sunset, feeling like you can do, or take on, anything.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. St. Theresa
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2. Bailing Water
3:53 $0.99
3. Feed Your Soul
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4. A Few Bad Apples
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5. Use You for Me
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6. My Joyfully
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Music may have saved his life. After surviving cancer at age 16, music became his helpmate in processing the ‘big questions’ that came to him at an early age. At 18, he took his newly found passion for life and music to traveling the country in a van with a group of wacky Catholic ‘hippies’ giving spiritual retreats to young people. College found him criss-crossing through Europe with his guitar. It was through hanging with monks deep in desert monasteries and, later, living in the Vatican as a seminarian in his 20’s on the way to becoming a priest, that he discovered his true calling was that of a songwriter. He left the seminary and landed in his native Southern California, beginning his quest to re-invent himself as an artist. Years later, he is now a seasoned performer and award-winning songwriter. What would a person with such a story have to say about life? Plenty, especially when magnified through the prism of a song.

Meet Michael Tiernan. Through the experiences of what could be ten lifetimes, Michael is an artist who has plunged into and explored the deep spaces of personal and worldly conflict, the beauty of love and nature, as well as the meaning of suffering and the pervasive unhappiness that threatens our human experience on all sides. In his music, he resurfaces from these depths with a positive yet real outlook for all of us, while taking us on a sonic joy ride through the many genres he straddles in his music.

"Trading Cards for the Faithful", Tiernan's 7th studio album, is an album that catches a live band vibe in a studio setting. “A lot of my previous albums were a bit more heavily produced as far as bells and whistles, so on this album, we really were trying capture that stripped down and honest live band sound. Five dudes in a room, playing the song, one take, just as the good Lord intended.” Produced by two-time Grammy winner, Andre de Santanna (Jason Mraz, Ziggie Marley, Sergio Mendes, Natalia LaFourcade,) “Trading Cards for the Faithful” tackles a swath of very personal issues for Tiernan. “St. Theresa” is a very revealing take on Tiernan’s sordid spiritual past and his journey towards peaceful agnosticism, while “Feed Your Soul” touts his lifelong mantra to create space for yourself in this busy world. Tiernan proposes his take on environmentalism as being tied up to an over-arching problem of personal and collective ego in the song “Use You For Me”, and goes after current politicians’ abuse of power in “A Few Bad Apples”. “Bailing Water” is a lilting, beachie tune that serves as a reminder that relationships take a lot of work, and “My Joyfully” is an ode to his friend and fellow singer songwriter, Lee Coulter.



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