"In the middle of an intense vocal arrangement, he (the professor) would demand I
recall the message of the song," says Michaels.
because I was so into the technical aspects of my performance, I couldn't tell him."
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."
|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.
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.