Michael English to perform for "Family Worship" on Friday, Jan. 17

Award winning christian musician Michael English will perform live in concert at Union College this Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. for Family Worship vespers.  The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

English is currently on a solo tour of the U.S. promoting his latest album, Some People Change. According to his website, English’s own life story enables him to share music that ministers to others “as a living testimony of God’s promises to work all things for good.”

A performer almost his entire life, English grew up a part of a traveling music group with his father and brother in North Carolina. English first gained notoriaty for his song, “I Bowed on my Knees (and Cried Holy),” while singing with The Singing Americans in the early 1980s. After a stint with the Gaither Vocal Band, he released his self-titled debut solo album 1991, which won two Dove awards the next year.

After releasing his second solo album, Hope, in 1993, English went on hiatus when a scandal involving an affair and drug addiction halted his career abruptly. “I used to beat around the bush and say, ‘well, I just kind of messed up,’” English said in an interview with Chris Carpenter on CBN.com. “The truth is, I took my eyes off of Jesus.”

Since that time, English has been transparent about his mistakes. “I have no one else to blame,” he told Carpenter. “We serve a God of a second chance. I’m living proof of that.”

English eventually returned to recording and has released eight more solo projects including a Christmas recording, a greatest hits album, and his latest from 2012, Some People Change. His book, The Prodigal Comes Home, chronicles his rise to the top of Christian music, his fall, and his subsequent redemption. English has also returned as lead singer to the critically acclaimed Gaither Vocal Band.

“Michael English isn’t just a seasoned and talented singer,” said Kelli Vigil, this year’s Family Worship coordinator. “He also has an amazing testimony which he uses to impact lives wherever he goes.”

“I like him because he means what he sings and sings it like he means it,” said Tyler Morrison, junior Religious Education major, who has been himself touched by English's ministry.

English kicks off a great lineup of Christian artists who will perform at Union this semester including Maria Long on Jan. 31 and Selah on Feb. 21.

The concert will take place at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church located at the corner of 48th and Prescott Streets on the campus of Union College. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.