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Mike Reid “Walk On Faith” Flashback Friday

It’s the end of the week so that means we once again go back in time  and relive another memory with this weeks edition of Flashback Friday. This week we go back about 20 years for a big number one hit and one hit wonder “Walk on Faith” by Mike Reid.

Reid Started his career not in music but in Football. Playing for Joe Paterno and the Penn State Nittany Lions in College where he was named an All American in 1969.  While in College he studied music and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

After College, Reid played 5 seasons in the NFL with Cincinnati Bengals where he was named an All-Pro twice. After Retiring from Football due to injuries, Reid moved to Nashville and focused on music after meeting Larry Gatlin who helped him start his songwriting career. His First big hit song was “Stranger In My House” which was recorded by the legendary Ronnie Milsap in 1983. Mike would continue to write hits for Milsap such as “Lost In The Fifties Tonight” and “She Keeps The Home Fires Burning“.

In 1990, Reid signed with Columbia records as a recording artist and went to Number one with Walk On Faith from his debut album Turning For Home. He never had a top 10 following this song and was dropped from the label after his second album.

Reid continued to write hits following his recording career including Wynonna’s  “My Strongest Weakness” and “To Be Loved By You“, Tim McGraw’s “Everywhere” and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me“. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

Check back again next week for another blast from the past and remember if there is a song you would like to suggest for a Flashback Friday, put your idea in the comment box.

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