You probably have seen him through his YouTube Videos for “Phone in Heaven” and “Mama and Jesus.” Both went viral on social media.
Tell you what, folks. He’s our kind of guy for keepin’ it country. Hear one of his remarkable songs from the album, “Buildin’ a Better Country” released in 2015.
“Country Just Not the Neon Kind” by Mike Manuel
Our Man, Mike Manuel
A native of Houston, Texas, Mike Manuel has always loved pure, country music. He’s fond of country singers, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley and George Jones. His dad was a performer at a music theater called Tarkington Prairie Jamboree. That’s where he got his exposure.
In 1971, Manuel’s family made a commitment of faith to Christ. It happened in the fall at a little country church in Shepard, Texas. That commitment heavily influenced his choice of content for his songs.
He and his brothers Greg and Mark were a band. They’re itinerant performers singing in various churches and concert halls. Their songs charted and were warmly received in Christian circles.
Soon, he went solo in his singing career and relocated to Nashville in 1996. In fact, some of his music videos online got hundred thousand and million hits. His career skyrocketed with successive 15 chart topper radio singles and 20+ awards. They are as follows:
National Entertainer of the Year (1998 and 1999, Country Gospel Music Association )
National Songwriter of the Year (1998)
Christian Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year (1999)
Songwriter of the Year (2006, Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards)
Song of the Year for “Back in the Country Again” (2007)
Style of Music
His musical concept is simple; inspirational. He’s a firm believer and an advocate for the marriage of faith and traditional country sounds evident in his song, “Country Just Not the Neon Kind.”
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