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BOBBY MICHAELS
LIVE IN CONCERT!
13 August 1998

 


Bobby Michaels returned to Malaysia in August 1998 and we were privileged to have him sing a second time at Kuala Lumpur Baptist Church.  We found out that this "musicianary" is still actively singing in many parts of the world, sharing the Gospel through his songs.  He brought along his wife, Lee and teamed up with a local singer in one of his latest songs during the concert.


BOBBY MICHAELS will be returning to KLBC a third time on 10/6/99!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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This man is none other than American gospel recording artiste, Bobby Michaels. And since his first visit to China, Michaels has constantly been
invited again over the past years to perform and teach at many Chinese universities and theatres.

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BOBBY MICHAELS - AN INTRODUCTION

In the year 1986, 40 years since the bamboo curtains of The People's Republic of China were closed to the Western world, one man penetrated the cold hearts of the red army, earning himself an invitation to this communist nation.

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Although Michaels is more than able to hold his own in the mainstream - he has served as backup singer for notable entertainers like Freddie Fender, Linda Ronstadt, B J Thomas and the late John Denver - he would rather dedicate his talents to gospel music.

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Why did he make that decision?

Michaels, who describes himself as a "musicianary" (combination of musician and missionary), says he had a very serious cocaine addiction problem during his mainstream days.

Searching for peace, he found God and since then Michaels has had a desire to use his talents to serve the Lord.

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"In the middle of an intense vocal arrangement, he (the professor) would demand I recall the message of the song," says Michaels.

"Dumbfounded, because I was so into the technical aspects of my performance, I couldn't tell him."

The instructor would then stop everything.

"He insisted that I needed to know what I was singing about if I wanted my audience to believe my message. Basically he was asking me to sing from my heart."

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But it sure took some getting used to, especially for Michaels, who was accustomed to secular music running through his blood stream. Hoping that some formal music training at a Christian university would help, Michaels enrolled at the Texas Christian University.

If the environment at the university didn't help ingrain a taste for Christian music in him, Michaels' music professor sure did. Michaels remembers well the hard-cored discipline his professor instilled in him when he slapped his hand on the piano.

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Upon graduating, Michaels sang with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in New Orleans and later toured Europe with the Harry James Orchestra.

Later, after noticing a professional growth in the American Christian music scene, Michaels signed a recording contract with Word Records in 1985.  He has since gone on to become a veteran in the gospel music field, releasing five gospel albums.

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His rich tenor and wide vocal range is especially suitable for the gentle, heartwarming choruses he performs. Michaels isn't one to apply fancy vocal feats. Instead, what he promises is a clear rich song with a life-changing message.

Teaming up with Kurt Kaiser in London's Abbey Road Studio, Michaels recorded his debut album, I Have A Reason.

His next album, Time, produced by notable Christian composer/producer Dick Tunney, became a critically acclaimed project, heard in over 32 countries. Both albums have produced several hits in the United States, including Time, Anything That Costs Me Nothing and My Redeemer Is Faithful And True.

Next came his recording,
I Say Rejoice
, which gained international airplay on all Christian stations and increased stateside notability and acclaim.

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Following this was Michaels'  hymn album,
This Is My Father's World which adds a contemporary feel to traditional hymns.

His latest album
Healing Under Your Wings, also produced by Tunney, focuses on missions and inner healing. Michaels' first radio single, Glory, was rated as No 5 in the USA Christian Radio most popular hits.

Yet Michaels still feels he has a lot to contribute to the Christian music scene worldwide.

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Performing yearly in over 200 hundred concerts around the globe for the past 10 years, Michaels is expanding his music terrain, and will be touring South-East Asia from August 8 to
28.

The tour is organized by Miracle Music House, a local Christian entertainment company based in Penang.

During this time, Michaels will also release his latest album, The Journey: The Greatest Hits Of Bobby Michaels (a compilation of his greatest hits), here in Malaysia.

This new album will be produced by Michaels and co-produced by local Christian singer, Bernard Raj Sundram (formerly with Christian rock band, Joshua Race). The album contains popular songs such as Time, I Say Rejoice, How Great Thou Art and two new ones composed by Tunney and his wife, Melody.

Michaels' concerts in Malaysia will be held at various churches in Penang, Johore, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak.

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adapted from an article in The Star on 26/5/98



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