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Micah Stampley is not new to this. The Los Angeles-born/Baton Rouge-raised music minister blessed with a multi-octave voice was participating in his pastor father’s choir at four years-old and directing it by seven. Though drums were his first instrument, he switched to piano at 13 to more effectively get his composing and arranging ideas across, teaching himself on a Casio keyboard.

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Biography

Micah Stampley is not new to this. The Los Angeles-born/Baton Rouge-raised music minister blessed with a multi-octave voice was participating in his pastor father’s choir at four years-old and directing it by seven. Though drums were his first instrument, he switched to piano at 13 to more effectively get his composing and arranging ideas across, teaching himself on a Casio keyboard. Following a move to southern California in 1994 to get a fresh start from family tragedies at the behest of Pastor Earl Johnson (a total stranger who became his “God Daddy”), Micah was introduced to worship and traveled the world, discovering the multi-cultural reality of spirituality. “It was like a bag of Skittles in church,” Micah marvels—“Latin, Asian, White and Black—culture shock but very refreshing.”

Briefly, Micah pursued dreams of R&B/pop stardom. “Every time I did,” he recalls, “it was shut down. So I happily decided to just lead worship in church.” On a visit to Louisiana, Micah met and married registered nurse Heidi Jones in 1998 gaining both a matrimonial partner and songwriting partner. “Then T.D. Jakes’ associate Marcus Dawson filled in for music ministry at my church in Houston, heard me and told the Bishop. I got snatched up and wasn’t even trying!” While signed to Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds label, Micah developed a contemporary gospel and praise style that earned him critical acclaim and a fast-growing fan base.