Formerly a “back-up singer” for notable entertainers like Freddie Fender, Linda Ronstadt, B.J. Thomas, John Denver, etc., Bobby found himself with a very serious cocaine addiction. Searching for peace, he found the truth of God and His gentle voice of forgiveness through Jesus Christ His Son. In 1985, after signing a recording contract with WORD Records, Michaels teamed with producer-arranger Kurt Kaiser in London’s ABBEY ROAD STUDIO to record his debut album, “I Have A Reason”.
The next album, “Time”, produced by Dick Tunney, produced a highly critically acclaimed project, heard in over 32 countries. He received his first GRAMMY® nomination for this album. His next project, a hymn album entitled, “This Is My Father’s World” appeals to all ages and promises hope and encouragement to all, as it receives global radio airplay. Next came, “Healing Under Your Wings”, and was recorded in Nashville on the Ministry Music record label. His next release, “New Man”, made the preliminary GRAMMY® nomination list for 2001-2002, (with a “tie-in” with “New Man Magazine”) and deals with joy, peace, and a celebration of a “new man’s” understanding of God’s grace and greater intimacy with Jesus. “New Man” is a “fresh sound with a renewed energy…” (CCM Magazine).
Bobby’s final release entitled, “TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH”, was recorded in Dublin, Ireland with the Irish Film Orchestra (“Riverdance”); Havana, Cuba; Pretoria, South Africa (with the “Lion King Singers”), and Nashville, TN. It was his largest project with 50 strings and 5 French horns, encompassing Bobby’s heart for the nations, proclaiming Jesus as Savior.
Bobby Michaels balanced his work between national and international ministry, singing to many different nationalities on National Television programs, on radio, and public appearances as diverse as Cambodian Television for King Sihanouk in Cambodia, massive outdoor concerts in Swaziland, and Christmas evening on the main street of Singapore, invited by the Government to sing to an estimated 80,000 Asians gathered to share the Christmas eve “count- down”. Bobby performed over 150 concerts a year around the globe, before his passing in March of 2009. In 1986, he became the first Christian Artist in over 40 years to be allowed to tour the People’s Republic of China. In 2002, he became one of the first Christian artists to ever be invited to North Korea to be a featured artist in the Annual Spring Music Festival.