V. Michael McKay
For more than forty years, churches throughout the country have been inspired by the words and music of V. Michael McKay. As a well-respected conductor, clinician, speaker, songwriter, and author, McKay has dedicated his life to a greater level of ministry, with a passion to meet the needs of people in the contemporary Christian community.
McKay is a two-time Dove Award winner and a 2000 inductee into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He recorded his first song, Wait Till the Morning Comes, with Isaac Douglas and the Houston Mass Choir in 1976. As a respected composer of Christian songs, other national artists such as Yolanda Adams, Brian Courtney Wilson, Daryl Coley, Tramaine Hawkins, Byron Cage, Micah Stampley, Dorothy Norwood, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, and many more have recorded his songs.
McKay's music is published through his Publishing Company, Schaff Music Publishing, which includes more than 200 individual sheet music scores for choirs, and GIA Publications's groundbreaking African American Heritage Hymnal. His works are also included in a Southern Baptist hymnal supplement, For the Living of These Days and GIA's groundbreaking.
McKay's published music books include:
V. Michael McKay's Hymns For Him (62 Song Hymnal Supplement)
Pray, Church Pray (A Collection of Prayer Songs)
Flow in the Spirit (Worship Songs for the Contemporaries)
From the Tabernacle to the Temple (A Musical Guide to Worship)
His published books include:
To Tell the Truth (A Collection of Song Stories)
I Would Sit Up With You, But I'm Sick
Myself (Survival Tools for Ministry Leaders)
Great Responsibilities Behind the Wheel
(A Leadership Manual)
Life: A Continuum of Lessons
(Quotes and Real Life Short Stories)
For more than forty years, V. Michael McKay has conducted church music workshops and seminars, served as a church minister of music, and served as an adjunct professor at a college.
V. Michael has influenced and mentored a plethora of local and national musicians and songwriters through Hymns For Him, Songwriters' Ink, and V. Michael McKay’s Hymns For Him Now conferences.
McKay studied music at both Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas where he resides.