Singer/songwriter Micah P. Hinson was born in Memphis, Tennessee into a strict fundamentalist Christian household.
He began to experiment with music -- as well as narcotics -- upon moving to Abilene, Texas in his teens. Despite serving jail time, fighting addiction, and declaring bankruptcy -- all before the age of 20 -- Hinson became immersed in the local music scene. His debut was recorded in the winter of 2003 with assistance from Texas chamber pop collective the Earlies
, who provided a lush backdrop for Hinson's winsome tales of love, loss, and regret. Micah P. Hinson & the Gospel of Progress was released on Sketchbook Records
in April of 2005. It was followed in 2006 by Baby & the Satellite, his first effort for Jade Tree
. Hinson kept busy that year, also issuing the debut EP Lights from the Wheelhouse from his more experimental project, the Late Cord
, and another album for Jade Tree
, Micah P. Hinson & the Opera Circuit, that fall. For 2008's Micah P. Hinson & the Red Empire Orchestra and 2009's all-covers album All Dressed Up & Smelling of Strangers, he switched to the U.K. label Full Time Hobby
. Micah P. Hinson & the Pioneer Saboteurs, his fourth album of original material, arrived the following year. In 2011, Hinson was involved in a near-fatal car crash and spent his recovery time listening to some of the demo recordings he'd made before the incident, which went on to affect subsequent recording sessions. The material eventually culminated in the Micah P. Hinson & the Nothing album. The record was the darkest and most intensely personal collection of songs from Hinson thus far, and garnered widespread critical acclaim. He followed with the 2015 collaborative effort Broken Arrows (written and recorded with close friend and longtime collaborator Nicholas T. Phelps) and the 2017 record, Presents the Holy Strangers. ~ James Christopher Monger & Rob Wacey, Rovi