About John Michael Talbot
It all began with a vision.
Born into a Methodist family with a musical background in Oklahoma City in 1954, John Michael started learning to play the guitar as a young boy. By age 17 he dropped out of school and was performing as a guitarist for Mason Proffit, a country folk-rock band formed with his older brother Terry.
After countless tours and the release of several well-received albums (on multiple labels including Warner Brothers), Mason Proffit disbanded and Talbot embarked on a spiritual journey which eventually led him to Fundamentalism and the Jesus Movement.
"I asked God what I was supposed to do," he explains, "and God said, 'Play your music and I will open and shut the doors'." Staying true to that calling, Talbot started to use his musical talents to express his faith by joining the newly emerging Christian music scene. As a founding artist for Sparrow records, he delivered two albums, "John Michael Talbot" and "The New Earth" (both produced by Billy Ray Hearn).
His spiritual journey continued throughout his early days at Sparrow and after studying all Christian denominations found that Catholicism spoke to his heart. "It wasn't just some vague yearning," he recalls. "I saw a life in Christ in harmony and in peace".
Achievements and awards
After a successful career with Sparrow, John Michael founded his own label in 1992 called "Troubadour for the Lord". Today he is recognized as Catholic music's most popular artist; with over 4 million sales and compositions published in hymnals throughout the world. His newest album, “Worship and Bow Down” is the 53rd album in his 37 years in Christian music ministry.
His songs were the first by a Catholic artist to cross well-defined boundaries and gain acceptance by Protestant listeners. As he grew more popular, he became the recipient of several prestigious awards. He has won the Dove Award for Worship Album of the Year, "Light Eternal" with producer and longtime friend, Phil Perkins and he became one of only nine artists to receive the President's Merit Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1988 he was named the No.1 Christian Artist by Billboard magazine.
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