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When Michael English was only 20, he had married a pretty young Christian music groupie named Lisa.

They were both ready for a divorce a few years later, but Mr. English's managers wouldn't allow it, worried that the scandal of divorce itself would ruin his career.

In the early 1990s, just as his reputation was soaring with


the release of "In Christ Alone," his biggest hit, Mr. English fell into an adulterous relationship with another Christian singer. When the affair became public that was only the beginning of Mr. English's troubles.

Michael English (born on April 12, 1962 in Kenansville, North Carolina) is a Christian singer who has been recording music since 1972. He hosts a program on TBN.

A native of Wallace, North Carolina, English performed in his family's singing group, The Singing Samaritans, from 1972 until 1980. After graduating from high school, he joined The Singing Americans.Where he shortend his name to Mike English, later going back to Michael.

Michael English left the group in 1982 and joined The Goodmans.

At about the same time he married his first wife Lisa Bailey and they had a daughter Megan who was born in late 1984.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)".

Although one of the Goodmans had brought him the song to sing and record while he was still there with them, the Singing Americans felt the song had not gone as far as it could while he sang with the group. This prompted English to record the track with the group, bringing the song its biggest success.

His last album with the Singing Americans, Black and White, was one of their most popular. It featured a single English was fairly well known for called "Welcome To Heaven", but success of it was possibly stalled when he left the group in 1984 to join The Gaither Vocal Band as their new lead singer, replacing Gary McSpadden.

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.

English's Christian music career abruptly came to a halt on May 6, 1994, just one week after receiving four Dove Awards, including Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

English was dropped by his record label after he confessed to having had an extramarital affair with Marabeth Jordan, a gospel singer who sang with First Call, a group he was touring with.

The Christian music industry responded by removing all promotions, marketing, and sales of English's records, and Christian radio stations pulled English's songs off the air. He also returned his Dove Awards to the Gospel Music Association and left The Gaither Vocal Band. He and Lisa divorced shortly after.

Though Michael English would not totally abandon music, English would not perform gospel music for the three years following the scandal. In 1994, English signed a record contract with Curb Records to produce mainstream pop music.

A duet with country music superstar and longtime friend, Wynonna Judd, titled "Healing" introduced English to a new audience when the song was featured in the 1994 movie, Silent Fall.

In September 1996, English released his second pop album, Freedom. The album’s first single, "Your Love Amazes Me", peaked at number 10 on the adult contemporary chart, but could only hit number 105 on the main chart.

At both the 1996 and 1997 Dove Awards,

his co-production for album projects by The Martins won Southern Gospel Album of the Year.

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He also produced albums he had already started for The Stamps Quartet, The Gaither Vocal Band, and performed as a

background singer on several artists' Christian albums, as well as demo work.

In August of 1996, southern gospel audiences reaccepted English after promoter/historian Charles Waller reunited English with Ed Hill, Rick Strickland, Dwayne Burke, and Milton Smith as the Singing Americans before an audience of over 4,000 gospel music fans at the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion.

In the fall of 1996, English was in the audience at the National Quartet Convention in Kentucky. Gospel singer and longtime friend, JD Sumner invited an unsuspecting English to join him on the stage where he asked English to forgive people's "judging hearts". An emotional English shared his testimony and immediately followed with a powerful rendition of "I Bowed on My Knees".

In October of 1998, Curb Records released Gospel,

produced by English and featuring his own band with arrangements he had sung in his concerts over the past several years.

This album was co-produced by long-time friend Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts. Gary LeVox, the lead singer of Rascal Flatts, sang background vocals as well. In March of 1999, Bill Gaither invited English to appear in the filming of Homecoming. Three videos were released from this taping, "Good News", "Harmony in the Heartland'", and "What a Time".

In March of 2000. Michael English recorded a new album, Heaven to Earth, which was released by Curb Records. Premiering his album on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Praise the Lord, English gave a powerful testimony of what God had brought him through and shared his story about his addiction to painkillers and subsequent treatment and rehab.

On August 29, 2002, English married Marcie Stambaugh, a pastor's daughter, in Nashville, Tennessee. In May of 2004, the couple welcomed a daughter, Issabella Grace (Bella), into the world.

In addition to touring, Michael English released his autobiography, The Prodigal Comes Home, in April of 2007.

"The Prodigal Comes Home" is the full version. Mr. English says early on that he is not trying to excuse his actions or sell records. It is easy to believe him, given the vivid, unsparing tone of his testimony, not to mention his unflattering portrayal of life in the Christian-music limelight.

Rather, he seems to be trying to help others navigate the thorny territory that comes with earnest religious belief and the inevitable flaws of human character. As this deeply felt memoir makes clear, the ways of God are often not the ways of man.

Now in his early 40s, Michael English has reclaimed his life, with divine help, he happily says, as well as the help of methadone and counseling. He has married (as mentioned above) a second time and has returned to Christian music. When he performs, he recounts parts of his painful, embarrassing story.

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CD91127: Mary, Did You Know? Accompaniment CD Mary, Did You Know? Accompaniment CD
By Michael English / Word Entertainment Inc
Word Tracks offers this digitally mastered, high quality track featuring a demonstration and performance tracks in three keys, each with and without background vocals. Expertly mastered to sound most like the original artist track. Artist who originally made the song popular is listed for reference only. Lyrics enclosed

CD0785: Mary Did You Know, Accompaniment CD Mary Did You Know, Accompaniment CD
By Michael-English / Provident Music Distribution
Praise Hymn Soundtracks include lyrics and tracks in multiple keys, with and without background vocals. Key is indicated.

CD87621: Michael English/Hope, 2 CDs Michael-English/Hope, 2 CDs
By Michael English / Curb Records
The Curb Records 2 for $10 deal pairs past releases from prominent artists, offering two timeless albums for the price of one.

Michael English
The powerful debut from singer/songwriter Michael English features a blend of new material and inspirational covers, showcasing Michael's incredible voice and passion. Songs include "In Christ Alone", "Mary, Did You Know", "Heaven", and more.

Hope
Michael English's 1995 release showcases his dynamic voice in an inspirational pop setting. Includes "Save Me," "Message of Mercy," "Always For You," and more.

CD12427: Midnight Cry, Accompaniment CD Midnight Cry, Accompaniment CD
By Word Entertainment Inc

Note: lyrics and/or sheet music included with CD purchase only. Not available on downloaded tracks.

CD13122: Greatest Hits: In Christ Alone CD Greatest Hits: In Christ Alone CD
By Michael English / Word Entertainment Inc
Beloved performer and former Gaither Vocal Band member Michael English offers this inspirational collection of his most well known and favorite songs. Includes "Your Love Amazes Me," "In Christ Alone," "I Bowed On My Knees," and more.

CD07323: I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy, Accompaniment CD I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy, Accompaniment CD
By Michael English / Word Entertainment Inc

CD21127: Mary, Did You Know? Accompaniment CD Mary, Did You Know? Accompaniment CD
By Michael English / Daywind Music Group
Daywind Soundtracks are regarded as the highest quality performance tracks in the industry. Each recording is mastered with the latest in audio recording technology and features Nashville's finest studio singers and musicians.This soundtrack includes a demonstration and follows with accompaniment tracks in high (G)and low (Bb) ranges with and without background vocals. Lyrics enclosed. Original artists listed for reference only.

CD5783: In Christ Alone, Accompaniment CD In Christ Alone, Accompaniment CD
By Michael-English / Daywind Music Group
Daywind Soundtracks are high quality performance tracks mastered with the latest in audio recording technology and featuring Nashville's finest studio singers and musicians.

This soundtrack includes a demonstration and accompaniment in the original key (Eb/F), without background vocals. Lyrics enclosed. Original artist listed for reference only.


CD63321: The Only Thing Good In Me, Accompaniment CD The Only Thing Good In Me, Accompaniment CD
By Michael English / Word Entertainment Inc
The original master track as recorded by Michael English on his album The Prodigal Comes Home. Includes demonstration, the performance track in the artist's original key with and without background vocals, and a low and high key with background vocals. Lyrics included.

CD36145: The Prodigal Comes Home CD The Prodigal Comes Home CD
By Michael English / Curb Records
The Prodigal Comes Home marks Michael English's first studio work in eight years. He returns to the studio with a cache of songs penned by today's finest songwriters, matched by his powerful vocal performance. Includes "The Only Good Thing In Me," "Right Where You Are," and a cover of the John Hiatt classic, "Have a Little Faith in Me."

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DTBmarine mom 
Michael is like all of us, a sinner saved by grace. I saw him with Vestal Goodman on one of the Homecoming videos. He was so emotional after a song (can't …

True christians 
As a christian of about 50 yrs. I can tell you I've made many mistakes and failed many times. How can we so completely try to put someone like Michael …

Ron Becker 
I first heard Michael English on YouTube, "Going Home" was the song, and I thought he was just wonderful. At this point, I think what the "Christian Right" …

HEALING OF THE SOUL 
Hi Michael I LOVE your songs they are so spirital, they are healing to the broken hearts and give peace to the wandering sole, Jesus said we must forgive. …

Roger Jerrell 
Were it not for grace and mercy there go I. Thank GOD that HE never gives up on us. Bless you Michael English and hold on to GOD"s unchanging hand.

linda 
Michael English made peace with GOD , and has been forgiven. Just enjoy his faith and music. leave the past in the past.

mrs elizabeth Medford 
Michael English is one of the most anointed singers who can sing from the heart God bless him , family and ministry greatly His songs has helped me through …

Linda 
I'm glad Michael has made a comeback to gospel music.He has a beautiful voice,and he has certainly paid his dues.We all make mistakes,and should be careful …

Awesome that someone can come back and do work for the Lord! 
I think he is really sincere and I wish him the best of luck!

Born again forgiven Child of God!! 
I love Michael English and I believe he has repented of his mistake and that God has forgiven him and we should too!

Wallace, NC/ Plant City Florida. Strawberry Festival 2011 
Hi Micheal, Don't know if you remember me or not. But I'm married to Bobby Howard, in Wallace, NC. We moved to Plant City about 14 years ago. And I …

I love Michael English 
Michael's love of Jesus comes through his voice, he sounds as if he is filled with the spirit, as if it comes through the air and touches the person listening. …

Love the music... but want new songs 
Heard a 2002 rerun of Michael English today.... just beautiful. I have several of his CD's. However, tho I love his music, most of the cd's have a lot …

srice 
I loved Michael when he was young. I could not understand, if sin is sin, why was it so hard for Christians to forgive him. As the years went by I still …

Gindy 
I am ashamed to say I had never heard of Michael until I got the Gaither Vocal Band reunion cds. I really hated to see Guy Penrod go as I thought he was …

what a blessing when he sings 
I have been so blessed hearing him sing. I have the Gaither vocal band dvds. They are the most wonderful group there is. Michael is the one I wait to hear. …

I'd like to say 
Micheal English is a inspiration. I love his songs, and what happened in the past was the devil at work but the lord forgave him and so have I. I think …

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