Micah Keith Stampley (born September 7, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is an American gospel singer-songwriter and actor.

Early life


Micah Stampley was born on September 7, 1971 to Richard and Delmarie Stampley. The fifth of eight children, he exhibited his musical talent from the tender age of four. By age seven, he was directing the church choir and teaching vocal arrangements and harmonies. Micah grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Stampley spent his youth soaking up the sounds of Andrae Crouch, Michael W. Smith and Shirley Caesar as well as Michael Jackson, Billy Ocean and Cyndi Lauper.
Stampley graduated from Natchitoches Central High School where he earned several music awards. By age 13 he was serving as the minister of music together with his brother (who was his best friend) in their father's church

Music career


Stampley sang, between 1994 and 1997, in Rev. Earl Johnson's church in Pasadena, California. Then he went back to Louisiana, at his father's church music department. In 1998 he married Heidi Jones, a fellow gospel singer and nursing student. Heidi has been instrumental in her husband's career, writing several songs for his debut album. In 1999 the couple relocated to New Orleans when Stampley accepted a position as co-choir director and musician for Bishop Paul Morton's Greater St. Stephen's Church.
In 2003 Stampley became assistant minister of music at St. Agnes Baptist Church in Houston. Organist Marcus Dawson, an associate of Bishop T. D. Jakes, noticed Stampley's voice. The following January Stampley won the 2004 Stellar Award Gospel Star Search competition. Stampley signed a record contract with Jakes and Dawson, refusing some other labels.
In March 2005, he became the second male gospel artist to have a high debut on the Billboard's chat when his first album, The Songbook of Micah, debuted at number three of Billboard's chart
In 2014 he shared the same stage with Donnie McClurkin and other prominent gospel ministers at the Experience, an annual event held in Nigeria. Over 600,000 people attended.
On May 20, 2016, he released his next album: "To the King: Vertical Worship". This album featured hit songs from previous albums as well as fresh sounds like the hit single "Be Lifted" which was named as one of the top hot new songs in 2016 by BlackGospel.com. The album debuted at number 2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Album Chart

Artistry


Voice


Micah Stampley has a multi-octave vocal range spanning from bass-to-first soprano and is well known for that. His voice has literally staggering power and sensitivity. Interestingly, he’s never had any formal vocal training. He says about his own voice: “It’s just a sound that God has given me, I think He just kind of fine tuned my vocal chords and gave me this high register. I can sing bass and/or soprano naturally. It’s pretty amazing and to be honest, I can’t explain it. It’s just something that happens whenever I feel the presence of God come over me. I sing at heights that I never thought any man would sing.”
His voice has often been compared with Grammy award winner Donnie McClurkin who is also known in the gospel community for his high notes. Both stars disagree to this but Donnie has expressed his profound admiration of Micah Stampley's outstanding vocal dexterity. Micah has the stamina to hold notes for lengths of time without wavering in pitch or tone, seemingly effortlessly.
In 2005, Billboard magazine placed him on its Top 10 Gospel Music Artists list and AOL Black Voices included him on its roster of Top 11 Gospel Geniuses.

Awards and nominations


Personal life


As of 2016, Micah and Heidi Stampley have five children. They are the co-founders of Interface Entertainment and Operation I Believe, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, launched in 2006 with platforms that include humanitarian and outreach initiatives. Micah is a third-generation license preacher.
He has been adopted by King Adamtey I of Ghana, as a son.

Discography


To the King: Vertical Worship (2016)
Love Never Fails (2013)
One Voice(2011)
Release Me (2010)
Ransomed( 2008)
A Fresh Wind … the Second Sound (2006)
The Songbook of Micah (2005)

Filmography


Anchorman Part II
Appearing on TV in Tyler Perry’s “House of Pain”
Necessary Roughness

References

HOLINESS (Take My Life) - Holiness is what I long for HOLINESS (Take My Life) - Holiness is what I long for - Micah Stampley

Search For You Search For You - Micah Stampley

Glory To The Lamb Glory To The Lamb - Micah Stampley

Joy To the World Joy To the World - Micah Stampley

Desperate People Desperate People - Micah Stampley

Another Place Another Place - Micah Stampley

Ransomed Ransomed - Micah Stampley

No Compromise No Compromise - Micah Stampley

Provider Provider - Micah Stampley

Heaven On Earth Heaven On Earth - Micah Stampley

Shout Shout - Micah Stampley

Overcome Overcome - Micah Stampley

Onise Iyanu (God of Awesome Wonders) Onise Iyanu (God of Awesome Wonders) - Nathaniel Bassey - Micah Stampley

Call of Love Call of Love - Micah Stampley

We Need the Glory We Need the Glory - Micah Stampley

Rain Rain - Micah Stampley

War Cry War Cry - Micah Stampley

Speak Into My Life Speak Into My Life - Micah Stampley

Open The Floodgates of Heaven Open The Floodgates of Heaven - Micah Stampley

Lend Your Song to Me Lend Your Song to Me - Micah Stampley

More of You More of You - Micah Stampley

Worthy to Be Praised Worthy to Be Praised - Micah Stampley

Close to You Close to You - Micah Stampley

Hosanna Hosanna - Micah Stampley

One Voice One Voice - Micah Stampley

How Great You Are How Great You Are - Micah Stampley

Never Let You Go Never Let You Go - Micah Stampley

I Believe I Believe - Micah Stampley

COME SEE (AFROBEATS) COME SEE (AFROBEATS) - Micah Stampley

Unfailing Love Unfailing Love - Micah Stampley

Our God Our God - Micah Stampley

He's Great He's Great - Micah Stampley

Crucified Crucified - Micah Stampley

Fervent Prayer Fervent Prayer - Micah Stampley

I Am Redeemed I Am Redeemed - Micah Stampley

Come Holy Spirit Come Holy Spirit - Micah Stampley

Marvelous Marvelous - Micah Stampley

Take My Life (Holiness) Take My Life (Holiness) - Micah Stampley

Take My Life Take My Life - Micah Stampley

The Corinthian Song The Corinthian Song - Micah Stampley

High Praise High Praise - Micah Stampley

Sovereign God Sovereign God - Micah Stampley

Let The Church Arise Let The Church Arise - Micah Stampley

Be Lifted Be Lifted - Micah Stampley

Always Remember Always Remember - Micah Stampley

Come To Jesus Come To Jesus - Micah Stampley

Come See Come See - Micah Stampley

We Will Praise You We Will Praise You - Micah Stampley

Oh Give Thanks Oh Give Thanks - Micah Stampley

Fire and Rain Fire and Rain - Micah Stampley

Sing Sing - Micah Stampley

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Albums & Songs

  • Abandon All
  • I Choose to Worship
  • Heaven on Earth
  • I Shall Live and Not Die (feat. Darlene McCoy)
  • Make It Loud
  • I Worship You
  • We Lift You Up
  • Holy Visitation
  • No Compromise
  • You Are Lord
  • Another Place
  • Fervent Prayer
  • I Believe
  • Never Let You Go
  • Unfailing Love
  • Call to the Nations
  • Marvelous
  • Sovereign God
  • Heaven on Earth
  • Shout
  • Hosanna
  • Overcome
  • Worthy
  • Desperate People
  • Search for You
  • Crucified
  • Call of Love
  • One Voice
  • We Need the Lord
  • With You Lord (feat. Bishop Paul Morton & Micah Stampley)
  • Oh Give Thanks (Live)
  • Heaven on Earth (Live)
  • I Believe (Live)
  • Hymns Medley (All Things Are Possible, Tis So Sweet, Praise the Name of Jesus, Revive Us Again) (feat. Micah Stampley II, Adam Stampley, and David Stampley)
  • Hallelujah Chant
  • Hymns Medley 2 (Hallelujah, Be Still and Know)
  • Desperate People (Live)
  • Be Lifted
  • Son of God
  • Sing Hallelujah
  • Glory to the Lamb
  • Our God (Live)
  • Oh Give Thanks (Live) [Remix]
  • Heaven on Earth (Live) [Remix]
  • I Believe (Live) [Remix]
  • Hymn Medley All Things Are Possible/Tis so Sweet/Praise the Name of Jesus/Revive Us Again (Live)
  • Hallelujah Chant (Live)
  • Hymn Medley 2 Hallelujah/ Be Still and Know (Live)
  • Desperate People (Live) [Remix]
  • Be Lifted (Live)
  • Son of God (Live)
  • Sing Hallelujah (Live)
  • Glory to the Lamb
  • Our God (Live) [Remix]
  • Be Lifted
  • Be Lifted (Radio Edit)
  • We Will Praise You
  • Oh Give Thanks
  • He Loves Me
  • Our God
  • Love Never Fails
  • Come to Jesus
  • Destiny
  • The Greatest
  • Let the Church Rise
  • Zion
  • You Raise Me Up
  • We Will Praise You
  • Oh Give Thanks
  • He Loves Me (feat. Chevelle Franklyn)
  • Our God (feat. Micah Stampley II & Adam Stampley)
  • Love Never Fails (feat. Sheri Jones-Moffett)
  • Come To Jesus
  • Destiny
  • The Greatest
  • Let the Church Arise
  • Zion
  • You Raise Me Up
  • Heaven On Earth
  • There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood
  • Lend Your Song to Me
  • The Corinthian Song
  • Marvelous
  • I Believe
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Heaven on Earth
  • There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood
  • Lend Your Song to Me
  • Corinthian Song
  • Marvelous
  • I Believe
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Intro
  • Rain
  • Lend Your Song
  • Lend Your Song (Reprise)
  • The Corinthian Song
  • The Corinthian Song (Reprise)
  • Alway Remember
  • More of You
  • Ransomed
  • Ransomed (Reprise)
  • How Great You Are
  • Close to You
  • Speak into Life
  • Solid Rock
  • Be Encouraged
  • Worthy to Be Praised
  • Sing
  • War Cry
  • Come Holy Spirit
  • I Need Thee
  • We Need the Glory
  • He's Great
  • The Well
  • I Am Redeemed
  • At Your Heart's Door
  • Take My Life (Holiness) Live