Michael English Biography
Michael English is an American Christian singer and record producer. Originally he was a member of his family’s singing group and later a member of the Gaither Vocal Band. Throughout his solo career, he recorded eight studio albums. His highest-charting solo single was ” Your Love Amazes Me” which reached No. 10 on the Adult contemporary chart in 1996.
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English was born in Kenansville, North Carolina on April 12, 1962.He is 59 years old as of 2021.
He was born and raised by his parents Aubine and Grace English in a town called Wallace in North Carolina. He performed in the family singing group called the singing Samaritans from 1972 until 1980.
Michael went to high school and after graduating continued with his singing where he joined The Singing Americans.
Michael English Career
After that, he joined a regional group, The Gospel Couriers, for about six months until he rejoined The Singing Americans. It was then that he had his first big success in southern gospel music with the live recording of what would become his signature song, “I Bowed On My Knees (And Cried, Holy)”.
His last album with the Singing Americans, Black, and White was one of their most popular. This featured a single English was fairly well known for called “Welcome To Heaven”, but the success of it was possibly stalled when he left the group in 1985 to join The Gaither Vocal Band as their new lead singer, replacing Gary McSpadden, who moved to sing baritone.
The change of groups introduced more people to the southern gospel genre. After rising to fame as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, Bill Gaither encouraged English to pursue a solo career. He signed his first solo recording contract with Warner alliance in 1991 while continuing to sing lead in the Gaither Vocal Band.
His debut effort, Michael English, was well received, ultimately winning two Dove Awards in 1992 for Male Vocalist and New Artist. He left the Gaither Vocal Band in 1994.
Michael English Wife
English married his wife Lisa Bailey where they had one daughter. After 11 years they divorced. This was due to his affair with another woman called Jordan. English even got her pregnant and was even dropped by the label. Later on August 29, 2002, English married Marcie Stambaugh, a pastor’s daughter in Nashville, Tennessee. They also had one daughter.
Michael English Children
Michael has three children. From his first wife, his child is called Megan. The second child is still under review. He later married another woman and had another daughter called Isabella.
English is of American Nationality.
Michael English Net Worth
His net worth is ranked at $10 million dollars.
With the Singing Americans their records were, 1981: The Exciting Sounds Of The Singing Americans , 1981: Hymntime, 1984: Something Old Something New , 1984: Live And Alive , 1984: “I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy”, 1985: Black And White With the Happy Goodmans, 1982: Goodman Greats, 1982: Chosen .
His songs include Solo albums such as 1991: Michael English (Curb Records),1993: Hope (Curb), 1995: Healing (Curb), 1996: Freedom (Curb), 1998: Gospel (Curb), 2000: Heaven to Earth (Curb), 2003: A Michael English Christmas (Curb), 2006: Greatest Hits: In Christ Alone (Curb), 2008: The Prodigal Comes Home (Curb), 2013: Some People Change (Curb), 2015: Worship (Daywind), 2017: Love is the Golden Rule (Daywind).
Compilations also include 2006: Michael English Greatest Hits: In Christ Alone (Curb) (with 2 new tracks). Live recording include 2015: Live at Daywind Studios (DVD-CD) (Daywind)
1992 – New Artist of the Year
-Male Vocalist of the Year
1993 – Male Vocalist of the Year
-Praise and Worship Album of the Year Coram Deo (shared with Michael Card, Charlie Peacock, Susan Ashton, Out of the Grey, Charlie Peacock)
1994 – Vocalist of the Year
-Male Vocalist of the Year
-Inspirational Song of the Year “Holding Out Hope To You”
-Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year Hope
-Southern Gospel Song of the Year Southern Classics; Gaither Vocal Band (co-producer)