Born Michael Dewayne English, 1962 in Kennansville, NC; son of Aubine and Grace English; Married Lisa Bailey in 1983 (later divorced); children: one daughter, Megan. Addresses: Management-Trifecta, 209 10th Ave. S., Suite 302, Nashville, TN 37203; The William Morris Agency, Inc. 2100 West End Ave., #1000, Nashville, TN 37203.; Record Company-Curb Records, 47 Music Square East, Nashville, TN 37203.

From prodigal son to pariah and back again, Michael English has been successful in both the contemporary Christian and pop music industry. English's success in these two different industries made him a rarity in the music business, whose strict divisions between its music categories usually blocks any attempts for such crossover success. Yet it was how English entered the pop music world, not his crossover success that made him famous.

Michael Dewayne English was born in 1962 in Kennansville, North Carolina. Before English was big enough to be seen from its pews, he began singing with his father, Aubine and his brother, Biney in their Pentecostal Church in Wallace, North Carolina. By the age of 13, English and Biney became members of The Singing Samaritans, a southern gospel quartet. After graduating high school, English toured professionally for two years with the gospel group, The Singing Americans. In 1982, English continued his singing career by joining another gospel group, The Goodmans. According to his online web page biography, English said that "singing with The Goodmans was a dream come true [because] Vestal Goodman is my favorite singer in the whole world. When I get to Heaven, I want her voice." In 1986 English was asked to join the respected gospel group, The Gaither Vocal Band and for the next five years they recorded the albums 1 X One, Wings,, and Homecoming.

During these years, though, English was not just professionally singing, he was also battling a panic disorder. As Lyla Akouri noted in his online web page biography, English suffered from panic attacks that were "brought about by years of internalized stress and sense of worthlessness." Some of these attacks became debilitating to the point where he would experience heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and tunnel vision. When English lost his voice for seven months, he sought help from a familiar source. "Michael turned to God to help him through a time when he says he was 'out of hope'," wrote Akouri. By "turning to God," English regained his hope and took a giant step forward and began his solo contemporary christian music career.

In 1991, Christian record label Warner Alliance Records released English's first solo album, Michael English. This album, with such hits as "Do You Believe in Love", "Mary Did You Know", and "Heaven" won English two Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove awards. By the end of 1992, Michael English was also the thirteenth best selling album on Billboard's Contemporary Christian album chart. In 1993, English released his second album Hope. The GMA awarded Hope and English six Dove awards including Contemporary Album of the Year in 1994. Hope was also the fifth best selling record on Billboard's Contemporary Christian album chart for 1993. As People's Cynthia Sanz stated, English had "secured a place among gospel's most successful singers." The spotlight of fame and success had finally shone brightly on English perhaps a little too brightly.

On May 6, 1994, English and Warner Alliance announced in Billboard magazine that English "would be withdrawing from the Christian music industry because of mistakes he has recently made." The spotlight that had so brightly shone fame and success on English was now about to illuminate a public scandal-his affair with Marabeth Jordon, the married singer of the gospel group First Call. Two days before the Dove Awards, English had learned that Jordon was expecting his child (she later miscarried). English admitted his affair to his wife, Lisa, then one week later moved out of their house. English also admitted the affair to Warner Alliance. According to Sanz, Warner Alliance record executives then "stopped promotion of his music and pushed him to make a public confession." English also returned his half-dozen Dove awards to the GMA.

Although English had planned to simply retire without an explanation, he honored his record company's wishes and publicly confessed to the affair. Sanz wrote that, as a result of this public confession, "Christian radio stations stopped playing English's music, and some Christian bookstores pulled his tapes and CDs from their shelves." Warner Alliance, as stated in Christianity Today, then announced that it had decided to "dissociate itself from English due to his actions that were contrary to the very ideals he had been espousing." Thus, just three years after his first solo album, English had been dropped by his record label, had been shunned by Christian radio stations and bookstores, and had left his home.

However, English's fans had not left him. Newsweek reporters Paul O'Donnell and Amy Eskind said that these fans "made a distinction between English's sin and his songs." O'Donnell and Eskind also noted that fans had "snatched up any of his albums still on the racks," and barraged radio stations with "nasty calls" against banning English's music. Nashville's WNAZ radio disc jockey Mark DeYoung told Newsweek that "they [fans] were more angry with us [radio stations] than with Michael English. They weren't condemning him at all." Yet, despite continued fan support, English told Sanz: "I felt as if scandal was written across my forehead. I was depressed and sick. I thought my life was over."

Healing

In May of 1994, English told Newsweek that "I grew up singing Christian music and Christian music is where my heart is. I'd like to sing [Christian] music again, but I don't know if I will be allowed to." Yet a mere seven months later, Billboard reported that the contemporary Christian music industry had "urged English to return ... to share his tribulations and potentially reach an even larger Christian audience." English told Billboard that he would not return to the industry because, "I'd have to talk about it [the affair], preach about it, testify about it for Lord knows how long, and I choose not to do that. I choose not to have a tool like that to make myself huge in the Christian industry. I think that's ridiculous. I think that's nasty, and I think that's dirty. I don't have a gimmick. I've just got a voice, and I just want to use that voice."

English chose to use his voice by signing with Curb Records, a secular music label who had offered English a record deal the same day he was dropped by Warner Alliance. Curb chairman Mike Curb told Billboard, "I feel he's one of the greatest artists I've ever heard, and I feel his artistry should be allowed to continue." In October of 1994, Curb Records released English's first pop single, "Healing". This song, a duet with country singer Wynonna Judd, was featured on the Silent Fall movie soundtrack. In 1995 Curb released Healing, a compilation of previously released material along with two new songs.

In July of 1994, English fully declared his freedom from the constraints of the contemporary Christian music industry by debuting his first mainstream pop album, Freedom. He told Billboard that pop music allowed him, "the freedom to sing and not worry if this [song/album] is going to offend anyone. I'm free to say whatever I feel there is to say. I hope people feel the pain that I have been through and the freedom of expression I have in these songs." Most of the original songs on Freedom have a common lyrical theme-freedom. In "Freedom Field", which English co-wrote, he sings: AOld man religion, I've got your name; the best part of my years were wrapped up tied up in your thang." English explained to Billboard that the idea for this song came from a "recurring dream that I've had of that place, the freedom where all my dreams come true, the place where everything is right and everything that is wrong is made right." However, English had not totally severed his ties with the contemporary Christian music industry. He produced albums and wrote songs for southern gospel artists such as J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, the Gaither Vocal Band, and The Martins. English acknowledged in Billboard that "Christian music will always be part of my life, because that's how I grew up.... I'm never going to shut the door on it."

The doors for English's return to contemporary Christian music was opened in 1996 by his friend, Sumner. Sumner and his band The Stamps were performing at the National Quartet Convention when he asked English to join him on stage, and asked him "to forgive those times when he was judged by the church." English, genuinely honored, sang "I Bowed On My Knees," his signature and classic contemporary Christian song.

In May of 1997, the contemporary Christian music industry's door opened even wider for English when he was asked to be a guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network's (TBN) popular religious TV program, Praise The Lord. English thought hard about performing, fearing that Christian audiences would still not accept him, but eventually decided to do it. Afterwards he told The U.S. Gospel News, "I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. [People] have been gracious enough to forgive, and now I want to give something back to them."

Struggled for Re-acceptance

The controversy surrounding English's return to contemporary Christian music led to the establishment of two internet web sites devoted to English. Robin Parrish, General Editor of one web site, told Jill Doss-Raines from The Dispatch that the Christian media and mainstream media had ignored English, even in the wake of his comeback attempt. Writing for the second web site, Akouri agreed with Parrish. In an editorial, Akouri stated that there were "radio stations who still refuse to play his music; one we know of requiring an apology in person before they will do so." Similarly, music product buyer for Berean Christian Stores, Rick Anderson told Carol Chapman Stertzer of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Update that stores " have a responsibility to our customers and, more importantly, to the Lord, to carry product that is recorded by artists whose lifestyles are examples of what Christ wants for us: lives of self-control." Therefore, Anderson had not yet decided whether the Berean Christian Stores would carry English's forthcoming Christian album.

English was aware of the hostility over his return to Christian music, telling Stertzer that "there have some down times dealing with radio stations that won't play my music and say they never will. But I'm not bitter or angry about those things anymore. I'm just thankful for the ones that do play my music." Not to mention the Christian retail stores who never stopped selling English's music. "I felt Warner went overboard," explained Joe Oakley of Family Christian Stores, to Stertzer. "I understand the need to discipline the guy, but to pull everything off the shelves because he sinned? That is tantamount to pulling Psalms out of the Bible because David sinned." Or as Ken Farley, program director at Oklahoma City's KOKF-FM, told Stertzer, "If the criteria for playing a song or stocking a CD was based purely on whether an artist had sin in his or her life, then we'd have nothing to play or sell." Thus, it seemed that English had found some acceptance for his return to contemporary Christian music.

As for why he decided to return to his Christian music, English told Sertzer, "[I] felt a tugging to go back in and do what I know that God has called me to do. I've gone through the fire and made it, so I have something to tell. I'm just me now-there's nothing to hide. People accept me, or they don't."

by Ann M. Schwalboski

Michael English's Career

Performed as group member of gospel's Singing Americans, Bill Gaither Trio, and Gaither Vocal Band; provided background vocals for a variety of Christian artists in the early-to-mid-1990s; released first solo album, Michael English, 1991; released second solo album, Hope, 1993; dropped by Christian music recording label Warner Alliance because of extramarital affair, signed with Curb, 1994; released first pop album, Healing, 1995; and recorded duet with country singer Wynonna Judd in 1995; produced albums for numerous Christian artists throughout 1990s; released second pop album, Freedom, 1996; contributed background vocals for The Apostle movie soundtrack in 1998; launched return to contemporary Christian music in summer 1998.

Michael English's Awards

Gospel Music Association's (GMA) Dove Award for Best Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year, 1992; GMA Dove Award for Artist of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, Best Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, 1994.

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almost 3 years ago

I'm so very glad you decided to come back to the obvious calling on your life. It's truly appalling when Christians, of all religious people, have the audacity to judge anyone for sins that are forgiven by Christ alone. I pray that God will continue to bless and strengthen you as you bring glory to His name!

almost 3 years ago

Michael, you are my favorite singer in the whole world. I was watching your show as well. I think the Christian community was way too hard on you. A sin is a sin. Your humbleness is profound. It is not Christmas without, "Mary, did you know". I had "Heaven" played at my grandmothers funeral and it still gives me comfort to this day. I hope you get to see my comments. I hate to see you actually gave back your awards. You deserved them. Anyone can fall. It's the getting back up that's important. Love you! Marianne Thompson

about 3 years ago

Michael, I have listened to your music for a long time and appreciate you returning to your Christian music roots. You, my brother, are no different than any of the rest of us. I went through a terrible divorce back in the early nineties and was looked down upon by the Assemblies of God. It has taken me a long time to heal from the scars I received from "the church". But Praise the Lord, I serve a forgiving God that took me where I was and am happy to say, I am forgiven and and I know he has cast my sins as far as the east is from the west... We love you brother and continue to worship with you any time we see you singing for Him!

over 3 years ago

Michael you are no different than anyone else, You made a mistake and fessed up to it. Your life started over when God and Jesus forgave you. God gave you the voice to witness to us all and I Thank God for that. Have never met you, never been to see you in person, Oh but how I would love too. You be Blessed and carry on. You have the love of God what more do you need? Proud to call you the Best. Dianne

over 3 years ago

please do not stop shareing your voice with the world,it is a part of my life.

over 3 years ago

Michael, I have been a fan of yous for as long as I can remember and own every song you ever sang. I was thrilled when you were presented with so many Dove awards. Several days later I read in the newspaper that you had returned the Dove awards and were leaving Gospel music due to having sinned with a woman who was not your wife. I was crushed and followed your career as you moved farther away from gospel music. I saw the industry turning away from you; radio stations not playing your songs and being turned away by your record company. By this time, I fel that I knew you personally and I suffered as I saw you suffer from the pain of all this rejection. I prayed that you would be restored to a place in gospel music which is where you belong. I was thrilled when I heard that you had found another woman to love and had married again. If anyone ever deserved to be happy, it is you.Now I see you with Bill Gaither and the vocal band and I have been buying the DVDs and CDs that are currently being produced and plan to go to Gospel Fest next May in the Smokie Mountains and can't wait to see you sing again. My husband and I chose that as the place where we can have a nice vacation and hear the Vocal Band with Michael English sing songs of Glory to our Heavenly Father. You're forgiven Michael. That's why He suffered and died so that we would be forgiven for the sins that we all have. Your sin was just more visible but we are all sinners who need a Savior. Sing on for the Lord Michael and never stop.

over 3 years ago

Michael,I love to hear you sing and never knew about any of your problems in life...I too was raised Pentecostal..Such a hard thing to live with as a teen and I still have issues...My parents did the best they could and lived their religion.... I am hoping you will know how much you are enjoyed....I have been watching th Gaither's for many years and hope to see you often....Prayers for you...

over 3 years ago

I have been inspired by Michael for years. I think it is truly a shame that "Christians" are unable to practice one of the two most important commandments they are held to..."Love your neighbor as yourself." Is forgiveness not one of the ways to show love for your neighbor? God has forgiven Michael. Everyone else just needs to get over their hypocrisy!

over 3 years ago

I first saw Michael English on the Gaither show Then I went to see the Gaithers at the Baltimore Arena in 2009 I Liked hearing him sing on the show But W O W to hear him live on stage I was thrilled He has a marvelous voice I can't wait to hear him sing on the Gaithers show also the Michael English show on saturday night The song "I fall down on my knees" I get chills & praise God for his voice Keep singing & praising our Savior Jesus Christ Michael Love & Prayers Linda

about 4 years ago

The mistake English made is no different from others, we all made mistake...and he deserved a second chance......It is gods will for him to come back,his gifted and he need to use emm...I may not kno Michael very well but i'm a very big fan of Bill Gaither's and home commings....this is how i discover Michael....He is talented wiht a great voice.....I'm proud of what you did!

about 4 years ago

Wow...I'm glad some of you aren't God or none of us would ever get to heaven. David sinned...over and over, and publicly, and God still saw fit to allow him to rule over Judah. Yes, what Michael did was wrong...but he's not saying it wasn't. He simply wants to answer his calling. If you've been "disqualified" from ministry, I'd say, find another church because the one you're involved with clearly did not get the message of grace.

about 4 years ago

Michael you have a wonderfu voice and thank God for ur life. As long as we are in this world we all have struggles but we need to press on and look to Jesus daily to overcome this struggles for a daily victory Heb12v2. the truth about us is that we all stil in the process none of us is perfect yet. I think the time when u face disappointment is the time for ALONE WITH GOD. The devil knows all our weak point and he is showing for dat unguarded hour.My brother please let us lean on this GRACE Titus 2v11-15. thank you.hauwa yusuf from Nigeria

over 4 years ago

Unfortunately, Michael's fans lack the same discernment that he does. Yes a person can find forgiveness. But that does not mean that you are restored to your previous level of trust. There are actions which disqualify you from certain areas of ministry. Does that mean you can never serve God again? No. But it says something about the ego of a person who, in the public eye, commits adultery and thinks they can start over with a blank slate. And let me say that I am in the same boat as Michael. I have things in my past that disqualify me from certain areas of ministry according to scripture. Instead of complaining and rebelling against it, I accept it and look for ways God wants to use me in an alternative role.

over 4 years ago

Michael, You are truly an example of God's grace and forgivenss. Your dynamice voice, your example as a husband, father, and Christian person have influenced many people. My prayers are always with you that you continue ministering with your voice and testimony to an awesome God. Thank you for being who you are Michael, a genuine child of God. You and your family are very special people to me.

over 4 years ago

I have always loved Michael English and his music and so have my children who grew up on listening to him. We are all sinners. Michael is an awesome man and no matter what he ever does, God will always be there for him and so will our family. Love and prayers to Michael and his family from The Alexanders in Louisiana.

over 4 years ago

Didn't really know who you were other than a guy who showed up on the Gaither videos occasionally to sing and then I read your book and started listening closer to you. You have touched me with your music. God knows your heart. Keep on keeping on Michael, you inspire more people than you could possibly know.

almost 5 years ago

When are you going to record a new album? I love your music, & every time I listen to one of your songs,the Lord moves me like nothing else. I miss your voice & spiritual testimonies. Come back Michael!!!

almost 5 years ago

I just think that it is sad that persons no longer believe in forgiveness. Were it not for forgiveness from God on a daily basis our lives would be useless and we would be permanently separated from God. I f it's one thing that I know that God has asked us to is like him and yet we are so quick to judge others when they make mistakes. I love Michael English and I wish that people could see him for the person that he really is and not hold unto his past. These are the people that will be judged in the final analysis. The Bible has so many people who have done so many sinful things and each time God forgave them once they repented. If you realise God does not use perfect people to proclaim his gospel he uses persons who have at one time been through the mud just so that other people in the world that are in the same situation could identify with them and turn their hearts to God. We are all sinners saved by grace.

almost 5 years ago

Though i have read this and it is mostly true the article doesn't really do the story justice as to the affect of family trouble and the history that Michael had with sexual abuse at the hands of young men when he was young. This also leaves out the goodman family which Michael joined after leaving the singing samaritans before. That is where the song I Bowed On My Knees came from. This song was introduced to michael by Rusty Goodman a legand on his own time.

almost 5 years ago

Heard you with the new Gaither Vocal Group. What a blessing you are. God has truly blessed you with your voice.

almost 5 years ago

Michael, I just heard you on TBN, & worshipped like never before.....what a gift He's given you. Thank you for sharing it. As for all you've been through, isn't the Gospel about reconciliation...between God & man?....A revelation of His gift of righteousness to us? Didn't He bring this about by His payment on the cross? Didn't He wash us clean? What record of wrongdoing is He keeping against us? Doesn't Romans 8:1 say that there is therefore no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus? That we stand by grace & no longer by the Law? Then, I don't see how any of us, the church, or otherwise, could or should have stood in judgement over you or anyone else. Jesus reserved His harshest rebuke for the Pharisees. He took our fall, & made full payment for all our sins, past, present & future. If any one of us stands in our own righteousness, we stand condemned. But praise God for His Gift of Righteousness in Christ Jesus. Where would any of us be without it? Receive no condemnation from anyone. We didn't gain our salvation by our own actions & we don't lose it by them either. I thank God that you stand in His robe of righteousness just like the rest of us. God Bless You, my brother. Praising His name for your life & witness to His grace.

about 5 years ago

Michael, As I've told you, I first saw you many years ago singing in a little church with your parents and I have followed you ever since. I spend countless nights on my knees and shed buckets of tears but I always knew you'd come back home. God's hold on you was stronger than any of us knew and thank heavens He never let you go. I've seen you numerous times this past year and I have watched you grow in grace as you've shared your testimony and touched so many lives. You've taken what the devil intended to destroy you with and you turned it into a reminder to all of us that God loves us and His grace is sufficient. You and Marcie have much to be proud of. You are "real" Michael English and I thank God for every second of your life. I love you guys! Keep on keeping on!

about 5 years ago

Michael, I became familiar with your music from watching The Gaithers on television. I bought the Reunion CD's. You have one of the most beautiful, emotional and expressive voices I have ever heard. A voice only given by God. About sinning...For all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God. Isn't that the reason Jesus went to the cross? You make this 56 year old love the Lord even more. Keep singing,keep touching people's hearts. God bless you, Barbara

about 5 years ago

I wish I had your courage and your faith. I thought I had faith, but sometimes God doesn't seem close. I love your music and when listening to you, I feel things. But then real life kicks in and the addictions to script meds comes back. Also the fight to find peace seems so far away. I am so proud of you. Please keep up your ministry. You don't know how many people you are helping.

about 5 years ago

Michael....I have walked in the years of pain that you have walked. I am 57 now but 3o years ago I had anxiety disorder to where I once passed out from the trauma. In 1982 God started getting a hold of my life. It has been a long and painful journey, learning to forgive and be forgiven, learning to forgive myself. In 1988 I heard a sermon with a line that was burned in my mind to where there is hardly a day that I don't think of it. "God really uses ALL of life’s bruises, and nothing goes by the Father's eye that has not been allowed/appointed for us by Him". Now I have an anointing on my life that I cold have never imagined, had I not gone through the torment, grief, hopelessness and despair that God led me and kept me through. You have that anointing and ever fuller measure upon your life (I got to see you with GVB in the Twin cities, 05/30/09). Keep going, the foot of pride may never come against us no matter how greatly God uses us, for we have come to see the utter futility of self and the total glory and holiness of His presence in us. Isn’t it awesome to drink from the Fountain that flows from the Mountain?

about 5 years ago

Hello!! Michael I have listened to your Songs for years..I love to sing in church..and I also am pentecostal..I love watching you with the Gaithers..You have a very powerful voice ..and just remember the devil will try real hard to keep you from singing..because your singing goes right to the soul..Just keep looking up and keep the name of JESUS on the tip of your tonque..I also live in N.C.in the northeast corner..I will be looking for the concerts!!! Bothers in Christ!!! Keep your chin up!!! John

over 5 years ago

I saw you for the first time while watching the Gaithers on a Saturday afternoon. You were being interviewed and I remember how humble you were and how appreciative you were for the opportunity to be on that show.... I didn't hear your story then, but I just read your biography.....it is hitting real close to home because I have a 29 year old son in a rehab center in Louisville Ky fighting his addiction to pain pills. He just got out March of this year and made some wrong decisions and now he is back in another facility. I have raised my children in church. My son is an excellent drummer. He plays in his church and has played with Rita Springer as a back up drummer. I cannot possible understand the magnitude of this addiction but seeing my son go through this has been the hardest thing ever. I live in Florida and for awhile he would manage to borrow enough money to call me only to let me know he was ok just so hungry. He was sleeping on the streets.... not able to take showers for weeks....I frantically started calling churches in the Louisville area hoping someone could help me help my son..... He is doing better but still has about 7 months to go. I have learned that unless you have walked where I've walked, you cannot possibly understand nor do you have the right to pass judgement. I also know that my God loves us just as we are. Your testimony brings me encouragement.... I pray that my son will trust in God and lean on him for his strength and when he completes this program, he will let God use his experiences to help and encourage others. Thank you for sharing..... we have to be real.... it is what it is....... we just have to be real and honest and open. Please pray for my son and his wife that God will use them in a mighty way....... and if you need a good drummer - I can hook you up....

over 5 years ago

My Sister and I took our 78 year old Mother to Lynden fair to see you preform with the Gaithers vocal band. Wow, I am so glad we went. Gods favor is on your life Michael English.. keep doing what you are doing... You have the voice of an angel.

over 5 years ago

To many people think they have the right to judge; and say,"I have not ever sinned like that." Sin is sin in God's eyes. Their vanity in such a remark is a sin in itself. Jesus is our goodness, without him there is no good!

over 5 years ago

MICHAEL, I love your voice.U r a blessing to all your fans.When I hear your voice singing I feel closer to our LORD.Thank u so much for hat.Our Lord has blessed u with a beautiful voice ,Thank u for sharing it with the world.I had heard your name before,but not your voice.After scanning the T.V.channel one day,suddenly I hear this beautiful voice and I stopped in my tracks, I BOW DOWN ON MY KNEES,was what I hear u singing.God sent that song for u to sing to the world.And there's no one in the world who will every be able to sing it like u.I knew nothing about a computer,when I heard u sing that song with the Gaither Vocal Group I knew I had to learn so I could find out everything I could about u.I can't get enough of your voice. I love the style of music u sing with the Gaither's. It's so emotional it bring me to my knees and thanks to u my walk with the Lord is even closer. I thank him for u.I'm so glad your back.Love u Michael English. BLESS U AND YOUR FAMILY. SHERRY FROM TENNESSEE

over 5 years ago

Michael, sadly I haven't been able to attend one of the current concerts yet though two were reasonably close by. However, I hope to get to one eventually...trying for Richmond or Myrtle Beach if my daughter will take me. Just wanted to say I hope you're seeing this article and the encouraging comments people are adding about what you being back means to them. You KNOW what it means to me and how much I love you.

over 5 years ago

I saw you in concert last night in Charlottesville, Va. and you are such an inspiration. Great Gaither concert and would love to have heard more from you. We all have sinned, but God is a forgiving God. God Bless you and continue singing.

over 5 years ago

Michael, I saw your performance at "The Gaither's" concert in Horn Lake, Mississippi. I just wanted you to know that you touched my soul and your voice and smile...you just let God shine through you. I am glad you came back to religous music for that is where you shine. Thank you for the great night..my brother, Dicky, gave my mom and I tickets for Christmas and we LOVED every moment of the 4 hour concert, Thank you again for touching our souls.

almost 6 years ago

Michael, I saw you perform last night at the Gaither show in Holland Michigan. All I can say is WOW! I was so taken up with your beautiful voice and very happy to see you with the Gaither Gospel Group.This was our 4th Gaither Concert and we are looking forward to many more. As Gloria said last night everyone has a story... Everyone deserves a second chance and I am so happy you got yours. God Bless you my friend.

almost 6 years ago

Michael... I was priviledged to see you w/Gaither's Lovin' Life Tour in Detroit on 3/12/09. WELCOME HOME MICHAEL ENGLISH!!! WELCOME HOME!!! God's blessings on you and your family! Sinning is human thing; we all do it and will continue to do it. I was so personally hurt for you all those years ago... have listened to you for a long time! However, forgiveness is a "Godly-thing" and we all deserve forgiveness. "It Feels Like Redemption" brings me to my knees! I too was a prodigal one... and coming home is tearfully painful and joyful. Bill & Gloria Gaither have obviously lead a campaign for forgiveness for you, evident by their response to you; how they look at you. They love you! Keep singin' beautifully! We love you; forgiveness is done... graciously accept, smile and go on. Looking in your eyes Thursday night at the table in the lobby... God has your heart, soul, mind & body... right where He wants it! God's richest blessings!

almost 6 years ago

Michael, I first heard your voice and saw you on the Good News Gaither video and loved your voice. I next saw you on the Renunion DVDs. God has truly worked a work in your life that should be shared with others. We don't need to know the past - we all have one. We need to hear your tesimony about your 'now' and that is what you shared. Thank you and I pray God will continue to use you in such a mighty way through both your spoken and singing voice.

almost 6 years ago

Michael, I "witnessed your voice" for the very first time at the Gaither Concert in Beaumont, Texas last night, Thursday, 3-5-09, at the Ford Arena. The "operative" word for you is: AWESOME, TO SAY THE LEAST. In addition, you are so good looking!! GOD has really really blessed YOU and those of us who are fortunate enough to see and hear you. Remember - the Bible tells us NOT to look back; only forward. I don't care about the mistakes in your life; that is between you and God alone. I am a true fan of yours and look forward to seeing you in concert again in the future. We ALL have "sins of our youth"; I, too, am a Christian and NOT perfect; no one is except GOD!!!

almost 6 years ago

I THINK YOU JUST ARE A TURE BLESSING TO US ALL, WE ARE SO HUMAN AND MOST OF ALL WE ARE GODS CHILDREN, I LOVE THE LORD AND WHEN I READ YOU SING FOR THE LORD IT TRUELY DOES BLESS MY SOLE, I LOVE YOU AN KEEP SINGING FOR THE LORD. FROM JASPER ALABAMA

almost 6 years ago

Thank you God for blessing us with people such as Michael English that can sing as beautiful as the angels...Amen

almost 6 years ago

I love you Michael.. When osaw you on the Gaither video when you first started back singing, you sang "I bowed on my knees and cried Holy" and you cried and went and hugged Vestal.. I cried with you. That really touched my heart... I always say 2 things...#1. If God forgives, who are we not to... #2 Who among us have not sinned... I was so excited when I read you were joining the Gaithers... There is an humbleness about you now that I didn't see before. I look forward to seeing you in concert... one of your biggest Mississippi fans... carol brady

almost 6 years ago

I just watched Gaither Vocal Band Reunion last night and I was touched. Micheal's voice is anointed and I thank God for the ministry God gave. That's the whole thing in a nutshell. If God is soveriegn, and omniscient, full of grace and mercy and most of all forgiveness, who are we to judge and condemn. Thank God for people like JD Sumner and Bill Gaither who have shown the love of Jesus. Keep on singing for Jesus, Michael, you are a blessing to many.

almost 6 years ago

Michael as I said before in a message your music has touched my heart and brought me back to my walk with Jesus, now your book has touched me also. Praise God for you and your music Praise Him above for giving you the strength to put your life to words and share with us. Thank you for your music when I'm not doing so good I put on a CD by you and it lifts me up to sing praises to God.

almost 6 years ago

Michael, You are the greatest Gospel singer ever !!!! I want to thank you so very much for the wonderful song, "I Cried Holy"...I can't express to you how that song has effected my life. I have the CD in my car and I listen to it daily because it is so up uplifting...Praise God !! If people can't forgive us for our sins, how do they expect God to forgive them !!!I have listend to your music for a long time and you are outstanding !! Please continue singing Gospel music as it shows in your songs that God is truly working in your life...Always put God first and He will direct your paths !!! May God continue to bless you. Thanks for wonderful music!! Judy

almost 6 years ago

Michael - I was at your performance last night in Orlando - WOW!! You're one of the greatest. Always enjoyed watching you on TV, but in person it's MUCH better and stronger. Keep up the great work you are doing, and God Bless you !

almost 6 years ago

Michael...saw you last night in Orlando with the Gaithers...wow, so good to see you back and using your voice for the Lord. You are not alone, scripture tells us, "For ALL have sinned and fallen short..." Sin is sin, no matter how big or small. Forgiveness is available to all! Thank you for allowing God to use you and the voice that he gifted you with. Blessings...

almost 6 years ago

Hi! Michael, I always love to listen to a christian music, and one day I saw your picture in one of these cd promotions on tv and I kind got curious,so I went to you tube and and I was blown away with your golden voice. God blessed you with the voice and thank you for using it for His glory.

almost 6 years ago

Hello Michael, .. been seeing you on the Gaither Music Hour, .. also heard and saw your tears, rejoicing, and burdens as well. That led me to search more of your Biography as well, which led me here. I too was in Gospel music, as a lead vocalist of a Trio, originator of a local weekly gospel event, and two gospel radio broadcasts. Like you, I allowed the flesh to lead me down a road that cost me my reputation, my ministry, and my marriage. I cannot fix the or change the past, .. but only hope to again one day feel able to sing His praises with my head up. God Bless you, and your ministry

almost 6 years ago

Hi Michael, I am so glad that I googled and found you after all these years of listening to your songs. Last night, I watched the Gaither Vocal Bank Reunion II, and was so overcome with emotions as I watched you try to sing, "I'm free from the shakles....free at last" and I cried right along with you and all the others in the "band" who were crying with you. I am an old grandma and I appreciate the bright smiles of so many of those young men, but some of us have been where you have been and realize the amazing grace of our Father in heaven. I have your shows DVR'd and am keeping them because I love and admire you. You seem humble to me. As for those in the media who feel you need to ask their forgiveness, I think they should read their Bibles a bit, especially the part that quotes God as saying, "For I will forgive who I will forgive, but as for you, you are to forgive seventy times seven." So you've been forgiven by the only One who matters and you have a fantastic voice and a very bright future. I am so glad you have your own show. You are the same age as my oldest son, Ward, who passed away Thanksgiving Eve of 2007, so I feel especially glad for you. You just keep on doing what you do, 'cause you now have a worldwide "pulpit" and you are awesome. Take care and God bless, Marsielle Houston, TX

almost 6 years ago

Michael, it is not the will of God for us to continue to condemn ourselves but it is the flesh that does so. And, in your case being in the public eye, they will condemn you as that is human nature. I know because I too am a gospel singer, and a human being. Always remember God knows your heart. Never, ever forget that. You are forgiven.

almost 6 years ago

Michael, Thank you for blessing us with your wonderful voice. We saw you at the Vocal Band concert Jan.29 in Huntsville, AL. I did not know you would be there. What a great blessing!Our prayers are with you and your family.

almost 6 years ago

Hello Michael God Bless you. I pray for you. Keep up the good work. Love Amy Fayetteville NC

almost 6 years ago

Michael - I am so thankful you are back and good as ever. I am from Fayetteville NC and remember seeing you in your earier years with your Dad and the Singing Samaritans. I am sure you don't remember me....but I just loved you to death. God has blessed you with a wonderful voice and has brought you thru hard times. I have always prayed for you all these years. I knew you would be back. God Bless you!

almost 6 years ago

I have and always will be so much in awe of the man Michael is, basically because he had the strenth and backbone to do what so many would not. The scripture comes to my mind about when Jesus said "he is without sin cast the first stone". To the best of my knowledge there's not ANYONE that can say they have no sin in their life, we have not reached that perfect place where no sin can ever enter. I love Michael and I am so very grateful that the devil could not keep him from all of us that love and appreciate him. So happy for the reorganization of the Gaither's, can't wait to hear the new sound!!

almost 6 years ago

Michael, I hope you can remember Clinton,North Carolina, I sang with a local group "The Guiding Lights Quartet". My brother-in-law Jimmy Smith played piano for us. He is presently going through a bout with Lung Cancer. We all believe God is working a miracle in his life. If you can give him a call I know he would thank you very much.His phone # is 910-385-1680. We have read your book Michael and it shows just how great our God is. Congratulations on your return to the Gaither Vocal Band. The Reunion DVD's are great. We have tickets to the up-coming concert in Fayetteville and I believe we will be on row "D". God Bless You Michael, He has lots more in store for you and your family!!! Your Friend Always Roger Wells

almost 6 years ago

Hello Michael, Just wanted to welcome you back with Bill Gaither Vocal Band. It an Honor to meet you, and I love your singing. I can't wait to see a new CD with you, Mark,David,Wes and Bill together. Your friend, Kathleen Riehl Trenton, New Jersey

about 6 years ago

Michael, I'm not sure if you remember me, we went to WRH together. I was Barbara Benton. I've lived in Birmingham for about 25yrs. Anyway, I was in row 8 at your concert in Birmingham on Dec.6th,2008.So good to see you and hear you sing, great job! I didn't get a meet-an-greet when I went in and a guard the size of an 18wheeler would not let me in the back, as we say in Wallace, dag gone! I peeked behind the curtain and the line looked 5 mi long. Just wanted to say hello and I am proud of you. My mom and I read your book; you have an awesome testimony. Oh by the way, my Aunt Lena married your dad. How cool is that? Tell them hello from Barbara & Ann. We love you all! After all we're hometown friends and family from Wallace. People don't know what they missed!! Will look forward to your next concert. . This time maybe my mom can go with me.She lives in Chattanooga, TN. Take care Michael, God bless and congratulations to God for the wonderful things he has done in your life. Love in Christ Barbara Jones & Ann Milton. Now Michael I would like to say that I bought your book and could not put it down till I was finished. You have an awesome testimony. God is wonderful and without Him we would be lost forever! But thank goodness God forgives us for our sins. We all have our crosses to bear but we can do it through Christ Jesus!! Praise God! I have some of your CD's in my truck and they have given me many hours of praise and worship. Michael, just keep doing what you have been doing and always trust the Lord in everything you do. I see the work of God in your life so just be happy!!! Your Sister in Christ, Ann Milton

about 6 years ago

Thank the Lord for men like Michael English who is not ashamed to proclaim the name of the Lord.Isaw your testimony on TBN in early December and the anointing was there, Keep up the good work. Just remember the Lord is your source and hope. Just keep opening your mouth for the lord and he will give you what to say.

about 6 years ago

Michael, I think you are the best male vocalist singer! When I am sad or just need to have comfort I watch you on the YouTube. When you start singing it's like the whole room fills with the "Holy Spirit." God had truly used you to uplift His children's souls. God Bless You!

about 6 years ago

Michael, Praise God for you, your honesty, your beautiful,soulful,masculine voice! When I am down and need to fall in love with Jesus again, I play your CD---and I find myself falling in love all over again with Him... Love and blessing and peace to you, my brother in Christ, Julianna

about 6 years ago

michal i have been praying for you and i have been keeping track of your and your trial you have had, rooting for you and wishing you gods favor. i watched your last broadcast of your show on tbn, when you had megan on as your guest, i saw that you are still fighting your trouble with substance abuse. it was easy to see. however please do not give up. call on god, and get back up, you have been through too much to call it quits. god is a good god full of mercy and grace. god bless thelma

about 6 years ago

I have to say, Praise God!!. When your breakdown happened in the Christian Music Broadcast World, I prayed for you and kept praying for you everytime I heard other vocalist sing your song, "Mary Did You Know". I am so thankful that God turned everything around for you and to make a comeback like you have. Stand strong with Christ and never look back. You have a gifted voice that is only given by our Maker, Jesus Christ. I give him praise for your voice, your talents and your gift. You were not alone then or now. I pray that God will use you and my your testimony reach others that are suffering, hurting and strength to become victorious over all defeats. I hope to be able to attend one of your Christmas performances. Debra Anderson, SC

about 6 years ago

Michael & Marcie, "Thank you GOD" for bringing back Michael English. I can still remember, like it was yesterday, what happened to you all those years ago. I'm ashamed by the way you were treated. We are commanded to hate the sin but love the sinner. But Praise GOD! HE had plans for you! Your voice is HIS gift to you to be shared. Many have been and will be blessed. Your testimony is powerful! Keep on brother! The best is yet to come! God bless you and your family.

about 6 years ago

WE RECENTLY HAD THE PRIVLEDGE TO HEAR MICHAEL SING FROM HIS HEART, SHARING A WORSHIPFUL EXPERIENCE WITH HIM AT "THE HOLY LAND EXPERIENCE" IN ORLANDO. THIS IS A MAN WITH AN INCREDIBLE GIFT FROM GOD. MICHAEL'S VOICE HAS SUCH A DISTINCTION. I FELT LIKE HE ACTUALLY TOOK US TO THE THRONE ROOM OF GOD WHEN HE WAS SINGING. I KNOW MICHAEL HAS HAD STRUGGLES IN HIS LIFE...WHO OF US HAS NOT??? I JUST THANK GOD HE WAS ABLE TO OVERCOME HIS BONDAGES AND STILL BE ABLE TO WORSHIP OUR CREATOR GOD. THANK YOU MICHAEL ENGLISH FOR BEING ABLE TO SHARE YOUR TRIALS WITH US IN YOUR BOOK "THE PRODIGAL COMES HOME."

about 6 years ago

Hello, just wanted you to know you're still one of my favorites; my heart was saddened by all the controversy you had to go through, on so many levels. I'm glad we served a loving God. I wish you the best and hope for a long and blessed career for you.

about 6 years ago

Michael, I've been praying for you for years, ever since the pain and heartbreaks for so many. I'm living in Brazil, so was out of touch with all that has happened in your life. I am thankful to God to read of your walk, and the prayers continue. God bless

over 6 years ago

Michael I'm so glad you hung in there. Sometimes the most cruel human beings call themselves christians....they don't understand the part about love, grace and forgiveness.....it's all about the religion, the do's and don't's which have absolutley nothing to do with God but everything to do with their own fears. God see's our human frailness and extends his grace to us.....we all fail and will continue to fail but this is part of our learning and experiencing this life. We come to realize that without God, we have nothing, we are nothing. Thank you for putting yourself back out there. You are someone that I connect with, not only in your music but in your life experiences.....I too have had terrible panic attacks and coming through them has been a difficult road but a blessed road as well....I've learned alot. I can say I haven't had a panic attack in many years, I've learned how to control it....not to say I don't feel the fears sometimes but I know who I am and where I'm going. You are an amazing individual, don't look back, just continue forward making a difference in this world. : )

over 6 years ago

Prov 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and is safe. Michael thank God for his grace and mercy that have brought you through. Keep your head up. There are five things to keep the faith 1. Prayer (daily) 2. Read the word(daily) 3. Witnessing (tell other about God) 4. Tithing and Offering 5. Going to church. i can assure you doing this you will keep going on in God. Octavia Charles St.Kitts (Caribbean Islands)

over 6 years ago

Hello Michael, I just got one of your CD's from the Ottawa Library in Ontario, Canada and for some reason I was drawn to read all about you. I would like to apologize for those who judged you over your private life.When Christians judge like that and ostracize someone , it deeply saddens me."Judge not ,yet ye be judged." I am from Charlottetown PEI, the most beautiful place in Canada and being a very tiny island , I find that gossip runs rampant.Gossip and judgement , what are we coming to as a human race? I think your music is beautiful and God gave you a wonderful voice for a reason.Please don't ever stop singing Christian Music. Namaste and have an absolutely wonderful day!! Melanie

over 6 years ago

I saw you on a late night interview recently. You also sang on the show. It was a blessing to hear your testimony given with such feeling and conviction. You are truly an inspiration to all of us who sing gospel music. Thank you

over 6 years ago

You are very popular and LOVED...I dont listen to Christian Music on radio so I never knew all this mess....Forgiveness seems to be left out of Christendom..Dont sweat the past WE ALL SIN and some SIN HORRIBLY and pretend they do not...Looks like YOU, MR English, have NO WORRIES..Best Wishes and love in Christ, Prodigal Daughter

over 6 years ago

We heard your daughter,Megan & her husband Keith Cook, in concert last evening at our church Springfield Baptist Church. I know you must be a proud daddy!!

over 6 years ago

Dear Michael Like others before me I love your music.. God has blessed you with a voice that reaches out. I have been touched and bless by this God given gift of yours. Thank you for sharing, please press on! God is with you all the way.. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Linda DeVito Ontario Canada.

over 6 years ago

michael es un cantante impresionante. para mi es el mejor

over 6 years ago

Hi Michael, I have been saved for over 30 years and have done many things I am sure glad I am forgiven for. I get up every morning thanking god for his grace and his word that keeps me grounded. I quit listening to christian music in the late 80's deciding it was all the same and sounded mechanical. About 4 years ago my I was introduced to your CD "Gospel" and was literally brought to tears with the anointing that is upon you that is felt in your music. I was hooked! I started purchasing christian CD's again and loving it. I want to thank you for putting your self out there every day for people you dont even know. Your music has literally changed my life and I can hardly wait to meet you one day. Your newest CD "prodical son" is AMAZING!! there's that anointing again... :)II Tim. 1:7 tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. I find myself repeating this daily for strenth. I am happy God has blessed you and your family. Sincerely, Peggy

over 6 years ago

Hey Michael. I used to sing in the choir at First Baptist North Spartanburg, and had the pleasure of singing with you when you came to our church. I was saddened when the Christian book stores pulled your music during your trials, but I kept right on listening. I think you are a very gifed man and have a beautiful voice. I suffer from panic attacks, and I am trying to deal with that, fortunately they are not very often. I'm sure you heard that Johnny Harlow passed away a few years ago. He was one of a kind. Keep singing and God Bless you!

over 6 years ago

Michael, I had the pleasure of being one of the many associate members of GMA that voted for you in '92 and had the honor of sitting in the Grand Old Opry when your name was announced, for Male vocialist and new artist. What an amazing night that was! I still support you to this day. Your voice has an impact on me like no other. Amazing. Keep up the good work, I'll buy the next release. . .and listen to it with pleasure. Thanks for all the wonderful music. Oregon

over 6 years ago

Hi Michael, I've been a fan of yours for years. Love your music. Could listen to it all day. I'm glad God didn't give up on you. Love you.

over 6 years ago

Hi Michael, I added a comment earlier and forgot to tell you where I was sending this message from. Katy, TX. Later Brother.

over 6 years ago

Hello Micheal, my favorite singer in the whole world. I remember when you you first released your first albulm, and I have all your sound trax. I even have the brand new one. I love you man, and God Bless You Brother. Can't waith to hear some more good stuff from ya. Keep on singing your heart out.

over 6 years ago

Hello,Michael. I am a filipina and I love your rendition of "In Christ Alone". It really touched my heart and I know when you sang it...this really came from your heart, praising and giving thanks to God. I am blessed. Everybody's sinning but one thing is for sure...we must stand up and let God lift us up no matter how big,terrible the mistake was. God bless you and keep on singing to glorify the Lord our God.

almost 7 years ago

Hi Michael, I have just finished reading your book. It was awesome.Am lo,it is my pleasure to support you in all you do.Oh, forgot to tell you,I'm in Delco,N.c. God bllee, Ethel Maysoking forward to seeing you again this year at the Family reunion.I have been to the last 2. Biney and family will be singing for us the first week in April and I heard you were going to be in Southport soon. Please confirm for me as to when.Since we are close neighbors and brother and sister in Christ

almost 7 years ago

Hi Michael I am so glad that you are doing what God called you to do. We all have sinned and God has forgiven you. Just keep singing and praising God

almost 7 years ago

Dear Michael, I'm sure that you do not remember me. But about 15 years ago yu were at the church I attended North Spartanburg Baptist, Spartanburg, SC. Our minister of music was Johnny Harlow and at the time Steve Potts was our pianist. I say an opening number with our choir and orcestra backing me up. Good Time I believe was the correct title. I was so nervous to be singing with such an acconplish and truely remarkable individual as yourselve in the room. Steve had chosen me from our many wonderful, talented individuals to do this number. I will never forget what you said to me after your concert ended. You said that God had given me a talent to minister to others with my songs and it was you that was honered to be a part of that blessing. I was saddened when I heard the news those not so many years ago but have continued to support you with my prayers and any time you have been on Praise the Lord or other programs I try to watch. I have struggled with my own set backs since then. It is hard for me to know why God allows us to allow Satan to take hold of our lives at times. I guess that it is the way he has to see how strong our faith in Him is at the time. God Bless you as you continue to minister to others not only the non belivers but those of us who are Christians. Take care and know that We can do all things through Christ if you just let Him be our guide in this life jouney. God Bless, In Him Janet Farmer-Tate

almost 7 years ago

Hi Michael, My grandfather Rev. David Hernandez just passed away last Tuesday 2/19/08 he was a pastor for over 35 years and one of his last requests was that the song "Holy" by Michael English be sung at his service. I just go back yesterday and it was beautiful!!! The song was so inspiring and uplifting.

almost 7 years ago

Michael, I thank the Lord that you came back to sing what the Lord put into your heart. We all have sinned and fallen short of God, those that think they are better, need to re-evaluate their lives. Who are we to cast stones? Remember the walk with Jesus is a narrow path. Many will talk, few truly follow Jesus. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and I hope you can see your child and minister. God bless you

almost 7 years ago

God Bless You Michael All Ways in ALways. I always listen to In Christ Alone my favorite. You sang to me once, such an anointed voice!!

almost 7 years ago

i bring michael to my home town connersville indiana every year i love his music . i think michael is a great example of how a christian should be . Never give up keep on fighting . he is doing a work for the lord and the enemy is going to try to get him to stop but he doent .michael is a wonderful person and a great christian . i love his music and i will never let him down like some people and the radio stations and book stores and churches i really believe they will answer to a just and forgiveing god some day them people let him down when he needed them the most . well anyway we all shuold as christ is and more forgiving. rick r from indiana

almost 7 years ago

I truly enjoy listening to your music. I just recently took the time to look info about you on the internet and I did that because I went to high school with Michael English in Jacksonville NC.and I heard you were from NC and I was curious about you. You are four years younger then me but you do resemble the Mike English I knew, of course that was many years ago. Thank you for your beautiful music and your faith. In Christ Debbie Melrose Mitchell

almost 7 years ago

Bro English: I read your biography. There's one scripture that christians never read He without sin cast the first stone May GOD continue to have favor with everything you put your hands too. Also I know you are literally bombarded with new songs all the time but I have a large library of original gospel and christian songs if you're looking for something new GOd Bless...Nat Rice

about 7 years ago

I enjoyed watching and listening to Michael so very much when he was with Gaither Trio...I was very, very sad for him when the news of his affair came out and all that happened. However, when I saw the DVD of his return to Gaithers and ended the show singing I Bowed on my Knees and Cried Holy and he received a standing ovation and so much love was shown him, I think we as Christians have cerainly forgiven him as well as the Lord. I hope that he is allowed to return to some of the Gaither Concerts. God has given him so much talent and I pray that he will be able to continue singing for the Lord. I am so proud of you and for you,Michael.

about 7 years ago

I enjoyed watching and listening to Michael so very much when he was with Gaither Trio...I was very, very sad for him when the news of his affair came out and all that happened. However, when I saw the DVD of his return to Gaithers and ended the show singing I Bowed on my Knees and Cried Holy and he received a standing ovation and so much love was shown him, I think we as Christians have cerainly forgiven him as well as the Lord. I hope that he is allowed to return to some of the Gaither Concerts. God has given him so much talent and I pray that he will be able to continue singing for the Lord. I am so proud of you and for you,Michael.