When you first meet Michael John Stanley, you will surely see a passionate artist with a charismatic and contagious personality. You'll also quickly discover that his musical artistry is only a backdrop to the mission of telling the world of the love of Jesus Christ.
Born in Anaheim, California, Michael's introduction to music came from his parents. "I remember them playing the Beatles' Here Comes The Sun over and over again." This made a powerful impact on his young life and ultimately inspired him to pursue music.
"I started writing love poems to my parents when I was nine years old." This sentimental poet turned to writing songs in his teens, which led to the beginning of his recording career.
Looking deeper, you will realize this is not just another rock kid from California, but an artist with undiluted emotion and the ability to create straight forward music that appeals to an extremely wide range of audiences.
Michael John Stanley is the former front man for the successful indie band, The Crimson Element. After 7 national coast-to-coast tours, 10 west coast tours, numerous appearances at Youth Specialties Conventions nationwide, selling over 20,000 records without radio or distribution, receiving the World Vision New Artist of the Year Award for 2004, being voted one of Christianity Today's Top Ten Independent Artist's of 2004 and helping thousands make first time decisions to follow Christ, Michael decided to embark upon a solo career.
"Through the past year, I have learned that God is the only one who comes through; who makes promises and keeps them and does what He says He is going to do. I have learned to hang on tight to only God, and to hold everything else with a loose hand. I have learned that even total faith in God does not equate to worldly success, however, trusting in Him makes me a better, stronger and wiser person."
During the regrouping of his career, Michael launched a record label, Electrik Groove Records, Inc., and The Indie Edge Radio Show. His vision for starting these companies was to empower other artists to move toward their musical dream, giving them honest input and direction. "Having my own radio show has taught me that a lot of talented artists are afraid to really believe in themselves, I hope that I can make an impact on their careers and ministries."
Michael has a unique vocal blend of warmth and raw energy. His songs and lyrics have the ability to dynamically draw you into his world to see his inner struggles, feel his challenges and to celebrate triumphs and victories.
Whether it's a full on rock show, or an intimate worship setting on a Sunday morning, Michael is sure to meet his audience where they are, and then take them to a place of full communion with God.
"The most rewarding moment is witnessing a person making a true commitment to follow Christ. That's why I'm in this industry. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9, 'The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.' God has directed me to a place where I've learned more about myself and His faithfulness than I could have ever imaged. I look forward to sharing my journey of faith with people everywhere."
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Michael John Stanley
Song by Song
Words - This song is very special to me, because it outlines not only my moment of salvation, but also my decision of what to do with the rest of my life. I remember reading my Bible all alone in my room and thinking to myself, "Wow, Jesus went through a whole lot in order to give us hope. The least that I can do is give this guy a chance." I guess the rest is history.
Rock My World - I am so thankful for the times when God "Rocks My World" and reminds me that He is in charge and loves me enough to come after me, no matter how far I have gone astray.
Not Alone - God communicates with us in so many different ways. Creation itself is communication; God shows us who He is and that we are never alone.
I See You - In a 12-month period, I experienced the loss of my grandfather, who I was very close to, and the birth of my daughter. With life, there is contrast and emotion; one day you're sad, one day you rejoice. God sees us through it all.
Melt - This song was written originally for my wife, Mary, to depict what happens as a couple becomes one.
In You - This is a praise song that God has used to minister to people, including myself. I've played it at camps, concerts and on recorded projects over the past several years. Each time, I am amazed at how God can use even a simple worship song.
Bittersweet - I wrote this song when I was really struggling. I had so many things on my mind, and so many temptations coming my way. It was one of those times in my life when the enemy was working to derail everything I had and worked so hard for. The ways of the world seem "sweet" and attractive, but when you gratify the flesh and you get alone with yourself, you're left with the "bitter" taste of sin.
Picture This - I was teaching my daughter how to walk when I found myself right behind her with my hands out ready to catch her before she hit the ground. Over and over again, I caught her and saved her from harm until she got more and more stable. With this in mind, I began to think about how the Bible says that God knew us before we were in our mother's womb. I wonder what He told me before I disembarked on this journey called life. This song is what I think God would tell us.
All I Am - What is this song about? What do you hope people will get from it?
My Everything - What is this song about? What do you want people to get from it?
Come Just as You Are - I first started singing this song in 1995 at a church in Riverside, California,Harvest Christian Fellowship. The high school worship pastor at the time was Joe Sabolic and he always closed his messages with this song, and consequently, for many years after, we did as well. What is this song about?
Goodbye - I was severely depressed one day and just felt like God and the entire world was working against me. I wrote these lyrics because I felt like I had to say goodbye to myself, to my desires, to my dreams, and let God take full control of everything in order for me to find peace. This song is about the moment that I began to trust God completely.