With the recording of his 13th album, Behind the Lightning, Mitch McVicker decided to fly under the radar a bit.
McVicker’s vocational musical journey began by working with the late, great Rich Mullins. The two performed concerts and wrote songs together. They were roommates.
Shortly after a car wreck killed Mullins and badly injured Mitch, a song the two penned together, “My Deliverer,” was given the GMA Dove Award for song of the year…all while McVicker was still deep in a lengthy and difficult recovery period.
After his recovery, Mitch continued his musical career, influenced by Rich Mullins in music and thought yet with his own distinct voice and style. McVicker’s solo career has spanned over 2400 concerts in 49 states and 13 countries. Along with recording 12 full-length albums, he has made 2 EPs, and released 2 live concert DVDs.
McVicker seems intent on making sure his musical journey continues to grow and evolve. In creating Behind the Lightning, he once again placed himself in a new situation…by recording at the never-before-used-by-him, Chief Lemon Head Studio.
McVicker created this homespun album from the ground up. He played all the instruments on the recording, save from being joined by a couple Indiana friends.
“I wrote these songs based off of journal writings and what I’ve gathered through life circumstances,” says McVicker. “I hope the songs connect with people in a simple way…while pointing us beyond ourselves to a God that is involved in our lives in ways that are often overlooked, undetected, and taken for granted.”
With Behind the Lightning, Mitch set out to capture the same spirit of his live concerts – using his unique and signature construction of percussion tracks by looping junk, household items, and children’s toys.
McVicker’s concert is a little bit Mark Twain meets MacGyver. His quirky and inventive approach includes insightful song lyrics, unconventional instruments, and profound storytelling. His concert connects the everyday with the otherworldly.
In 2023, McVicker will again embark on a full concert tour in support of Behind the Lightning.
“I hope the concerts I do will raise spirits and direct attention toward the good,” he says. “These songs have been born out of life experience and deal with questions, wanderings, conflicts, and struggles. I can’t wait to share them.”
McVicker’s theology is daringly simple – God’s love washes over and through us regardless of us and our circumstances. McVicker called the album Behind the Lightning because he believes there is so much beyond the flash of the surface.
“Instead of mindlessly settling for what is right in front of us, let’s be lost, and found, as we are swallowed in the depths of mystery and engulfed by the vastness of love.”