'This Place' is a culmination of about 5 years of music in the head of Mike Haines. Now that it is recorded, he can fit more music in his head...Mike's favorite tunes on this record are 'Patient Love,' a song of worship, and 'This Place,' for it's simplicity and depth of meaning. He's also fond of 'Ashley,' and his wife Kathy really likes the country twang in 'Love Song' (written down for her...) Mike Haines is a Christian Singer-Songwriter based out of Portland, Oregon, whose mission is to share Christ through music and personal testimony. With his guitar, Mike enjoys sharing - in any way he can - the music God has entrusted to him. His music and lyrics have been described as comfortable, silly, worshipful, fun, with a way of connecting the message to everyday experiences. Feel free to listen to samples of the music Mike has written down... Mike is available to play for your congregation, youth group, pot luck, coffee-house, university event, retreat, concert series, etc... He is very flexible and welcomes new places, new faces, and would love to work with you to reach out, encourage, entertain, uplift, challenge, praise and worship along side those in your part of the Kingdom of God. To invite Mike as a musical guest, please check out his website. Maybe you can even meet Ashley! Mike was born and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child, he couldn't stay away from his Fisher-Price record player. As he got older, his parents took him to church and also gave him the opportunities to learn piano, French horn, and various percussion instruments. Mike also drank his milk, so he kept growing until he went away to college to study music at the University of Miami. Mike picked up guitar in the early 1990's at a summer camp, where he also learned to lead singing in worship. After graduating, Mike worked in radio in Key West, Florida, where God 'tricked' him into going back into worship at a church by providing him a place to play guitar every Sunday. He went on to tour the North West United States for a year with Captive Free, a Youth Encounter ministry based out of St. Paul, MN. God then sent him to Portland, Oregon, where Mike worked with a youth group for 6 years. Mike currently lives in Tualatin, Oregon, where he is Husband to his Wife Kathy, Daddy to his son Nathan, born July 2004, and worship leader at Community of Hope in Wilsonville, Oregon. He is also regularly leading worship and playing programs for churches, coffee houses, youth group and university events in the Portland Metro area - playing regularly in Tualatin, Sherwood, Wilsonville, Beaverton, and Tigard, and branching out as the Lord sees fit. Thank you again for visiting. Please Email Mike if you have any questions regarding booking, the music, worship, or the ministry.