The staff and mentors of ROOTS welcomes Mike Lahey, our new guitar mentor!
Mike Lahey (guitar) has played many styles of music in his 18 years of professional work: worship, funk, jazz, blues, celtic and acoustic. “At one point I was in 7 different bands,” Mike says. The motivation? God’s glory. “God’s put it on my heart to share my gift with others,” Mike explains. His first “gig” was playing in church, and that’s also where he’s spent the majority of his time playing as an adult.
The Lafayette, Louisiana native has been teaching for 14 years and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in singing, songwriting and playing guitar after college. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Although he’s currently writing and working on material for an upcoming record, he feels most at home when he’s connecting with people.
“Through a song, through a conversation, it’s a gift to connect with others and realize that we are all one family,” he says. “I enjoy helping others reach their musical goals. When they have an epiphany about how to play some aspect of a song they love, it’s like I get to have that ‘a-ha’ moment all over again with them. It’s exciting!”
Q&A with Mike
What is your favorite all time movie and why?
Braveheart and Star Wars… both have themes of growing into manhood and self-sacrifice, which really speaks to my heart. (Oh, and great music!)
If you could meet one author, performer who would it be and what would you ask them?
Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist. “Can you please play ‘Hymn to Freedom’?”
What is your favorite quote?
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” -Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
I wrote a song based around this quote called “Build Me Up.”
What causes are you passionate about?
Helping people know that they are loved by our heavenly Father. Pro-life, Chastity, Theology of the Body.
What’s your favorite local spot to spend time at when you’re not working, and what do you do there?
I enjoy swing dancing at Jump Nashville. I’m working on learning how to Lindy Hop!