Chronicling Transitions with Alum, Keyboardist Mike Blankenship

Monday, January 04, 2016
Photo of Mike Blankenship spreading his arms

THE BAY BRIDGED -- “The album has been in the works for a while,” Blankenship said, “and it’s taken the effort of a number of musicians that I respect and love to come together with me on this.” This statement isn’t empty. The credits on “Living For The Future” include around a dozen other artists — from Kev Choice to Sy Smith — that fill in the tracks all along the album. And the collaborations feel purposeful.

He’s a kid of the community. He was born and raised in the gospel choir, a place that fosters a large pool of talented musicians and up-and-coming talent. He’s been playing since he was 7 and was performing regularly around town by the time he was 18. The only difference now? He’s a man of community, of the Bay Area and of his roots (and has had a large hand in the popular San Francisco State University Gospel Choir).