About Our Founder, Bobby Michaels

In March 2009, Bobby and Lee were on a mission trip in Cambodia teaching at a pastor’s seminar. At the end of the last class, Bobby suffered a heart attack there in a very remote area. After a 4-hour drive back to their capital, Phnom Penh, the hospital doctors determined we needed to leave the country for better medical care. We were air-lifted to the best hospital in Asia, located in Bangkok, when he suffered three more heart attacks the day we arrived, even after surgery. The Lord chose to take Bobby into His Presence ten days later. He died on March 31, 2009, and is now totally healed. We had him flown back to the United States and had a family funeral here in Florida. There was a subsequent memorial service opened to others around the country to honor him.

He knew so many people around the world and there are still many who are unaware of his passing. We will all miss that loving, joyful smile that was a constant part of his day. He made such a difference in our lives which is reflected in the loss our hearts now share.  But the Lord’s Presence is so evident and we are trusting He will continue to teach us that His way is perfect even when we cannot yet grasp it.

During his earthly ministry, Bobby performed over 150 concerts a year around the globe. 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. His two albums for WORD, (“I Have A Reason” and “Time”) produced several radio chart “hits”, including the most recent “Time”, “Anything That Costs Me Nothing”, and “My Redeemer Is Faithful and True”. “I Say Rejoice” came next with active radio play all over the world. 

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”.


Fun Facts on Bobby Michaels

  • Birthday: October 11
  • Birthplace: Ft. Worth, TX
  • Heroes: My dad, King David, Brother Andrew, Loren Cunningham, Tony Bennett
  • Books most inspired you: The Bible, The Calling by Brother Andrew, Is That Really You God by Loren Cunningham, Chance to Die by Elizabeth Elliot, Rediscovering the Kingdom by Dr. Myles Munroe
  • Music that most inspired you: Jazz, Praise & Worship, Orchestral, Classical
  • Musicians that most inspired you: Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, Phil Collins, Secret Garden, Dick Tunney, Scott Wesley Brown, Bob Fitts
  • Favorite Cuisine: Lee’s Cooking (his wife) & Asian-Fusion
  • Guilty Pleasure: Swiss Chocolate (Lindt Lindsor Truffles to be exact)
  • Food that grossed you out the most: Boiled Okra and Zucchini
  • Favorite Season: Fall
  • Favorite Cartoon/Comic Character: Conan the Barbarian, Batman, Fantastic Four
  • Favorite Past-time as a kid: Playing with my army men
  • Where did you go to get away: On the water (boat/fishing)
  • Pet Peeves: Dirty Windshields, Screaming Children, Popping Gum
  • What era would you have liked to live in: Jesus’ Time
  • Things you couldn’t have lived without: Bible, My Family, Cell Phone, Laptop, Coffee
  • If you could’ve met anyone dead or alive, who would it have been and what would you have asked them: Jesus; “Why do you love me so much?” and “Why did I go through so many painful experiences in my life?”
  • Most unusual job you had ever had: Cleaning Lard Vats (that job only lasted 1 day!); Being a Maitre D’ at the Swiss House then going from table to table singing for the guests
  • Worst chore someone could’ve made you do: Cleaning up smooshed Papaya as a kid or changing a dirty diaper
  • Favorite Song Recorded: My Redeemer is Faithful and True
  • Favorite Hymn: Take My Life and Let It Be
  • Life Verse: Zephaniah 3:17
  • How many countries did you go to: Over 57 (Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Canada, Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, China, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe )
  • Hardest country you ever went to: North Korea
  • If you hadn’t been an artist, what would you have wanted to do: Photographer, Ambassador, Author, Boat Captain
  • What’s the longest you had traveled to get to one destination: between 48-52 hours