When Micah Peacock isn’t busy leading worship at The Well, a faith community in Plano, Texas, he’s bringing his inspirational gifts to churches around the country. After a few EPs, Micah is currently bringing his first LP, Shadow to Sunlight, to life with producer Michael Omartian. With a keen eye for substance and life for his own generation, we recently asked Micah about the themes that are resonating with him these days.
CCM: You’ve done a few EPs already. What themes are brewing for you on the new album?
MICAH: It’s really interesting to look back over a collection of songs you’ve written and discover some recurring themes. You can learn a lot about yourself or what you’re walking through, I think. The primary message that really seems to be ingrained throughout this album is that our generation has been, in my belief, pretty strongly conditioned by the culture to see the everyday parts of our lives — and maybe even entire seasons of our lives—as a mere fraction of what they were intended to be.
We’re really longing for richness and substance within our relationships, our jobs, our faith; but we’re not experiencing that. Instead, we’ve been taught to see those things as chores to be maintained or things by which to be entertained. We’ve been so distracted and tempted by “what could be” that we’re missing out on “what is.” So the album is a calling-out, of sorts, to view these day-in and day-out things that often feel so shallow through a lens that’s in tune with the reality that the Kingdom is at hand, and we are created to notice it and take part in it.
CCM: Where does the title Shadow to Sunlight come into play then?
MICAH: When light hits an object, a shadow is cast. You can’t have one without the other. But if you just fix your eyes on the shadow, what you’re looking at is a vague, twodimensional representation that lacks the depth and beauty of the object itself. The title is an analogy that tries to capture the notion that many of us live a large portion of our lives in these “shadows.”
It’s the concept of being hidden in plain sight. The richness is there. The beauty is there. We just don’t know where to look. We think it’s in the future or that it belongs to someone else. I know I’ve felt that tension in my own life. So, hopefully these songs can express that longing and offer some encouragement as to how we can “step out of the shadows and into the sunlight.”