Interview: Micah Wilshire discusses his new jazz inspired EP, ‘Manifesto’

Already an in-demand Nashville-based musician, Micah Wilshire’scontributions to music include session work for artists like Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. As a writer, he’s scored big with television and film placements as well as songs for orchestrally dark-pop artists like Katie Garfield and country/rock newcomer Kasey Tyndall. Now, Wilshire is getting ready to explore a different side of his musical craft—one he’s waited nearly two decades to do—with his beautifully crafted, jazz-inspired EP, Manifesto.

Wilshire brings out the heavy hitters for Manifesto, including contributions from bassists John Patitucci and Willie Weeks along with drummer Nir Z. Three of the songs on Manifesto were co-produced with Dennis Matkosky, whose resume includes working with Al Jarreau, George Benson and George Duke.

With Manifesto, Wilshire may have delivered an EP that’s twenty years in the making, but as groove-laden tracks like “In The Stars,” “Woman,” and “Be With Me Tonight” confirm, it’s an album that was certainly worth the wait.

AXS recently spoke with Micah Wilshire about Manifesto and more in this new interview.

AXS: How did this project come about?

Micah Wilshire: I had thought about doing a project like this for about twenty years. The issue was, when I moved to Nashville I immediately started doing session work, which was fun but put things on the back burner. Eventually, you get to a point in your life where you say you know what? I’m going to do something where there’s no pre-condition, and this was about my love of jazz, soul and pop music.

Read the rest of my
Interview with Micah Wilshire Here!

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