Micah Keith Stampley was born on September 7, 1971 in Los Angeles, California; His parents are Richard and Delmarie Stampley.
He is fifth of nine children, he exhibited his musical talent from the tender age of four, by age seven, he was directing the church choir and teaching vocal arrangements and harmonies. Micah grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“I’ve experienced many tragedies in my family,” Micah shares. “I’m the fifth of nine children, but only one of my three brothers is still alive. I’ve been homeless and in poverty. I came to a place in my life where I understood that God is not obligated to do anything for me because I am in need, but God is obligated to fulfill His word. As a gospel artist, I am singing the gospel of Jesus Christ—to lead God’s people into His presence, not remind them of the situations they are in.”
Stampley graduated from Natchitoches Central High School where he earned several music awards. By age 13 he was serving as the minister of music together with his brother (who was his best friend) in their father’s church
Stampley spent his youth soaking up the sounds of Andrae Crouch, Michael W. Smith and Shirley Caesar as well as Michael Jackson, Billy Ocean and Cyndi Lauper.
Stampley sang, between 1994 and 1997, in Rev. Earl Johnson’s church in Pasadena, California. Then he went back to Louisiana, at his father’s church music department.
In 1998 he married Heidi Jones, a fellow gospel singer and nursing student. Heidi has been instrumental in her husband’s career, writing several songs for his debut album.
In 1999 the couple relocated to New Orleans when Stampley accepted a position as co-choir director and musician for Bishop Paul Morton’s Greater St. Stephen’s Church.
In 2003 Stampley became assistant minister of music at St. Agnes Baptist Church in Houston. Organist Marcus Dawson, an associate of Bishop T. D. Jakes, noticed Stampley’s voice.
The following January Stampley won the 2004 Stellar Award Gospel Star Search competition. Stampley signed a record contract with Jakes and Dawson, refusing some other labels.
In March 2005, he became the second male gospel artist to have a high debut on the Billboard’s chat when his first album, The Songbook of Micah, debuted at number three of Billboard’s chart.
In 2005, Billboard magazine placed him on its Top 10 Gospel Music Artists list and AOL Black Voices included him on its roster of Top 11 Gospel Geniuses.
In 2014 he shared the same stage with Donnie McClurkin and other prominent gospel ministers at the Experience, an annual event held in Nigeria. Over 600,000 people attended.
On May 20, 2016, he released his next album: “To the King: Vertical Worship”. This album featured hit songs from previous albums as well as fresh sounds like the hit single “Be Lifted” which was named as one of the top hot new songs in 2016 by BlackGospel.com.
“Be Lifted,” the lead single from To The King: Vertical Worship, reflects the sheer joy of praising The Lord. The seed of the song came to Heidi in her car. She shares, “I was picking my son up from school and began to sing, ‘Jesus, we lift your name on high.’ My son started singing along. When I got home, Micah and I went in the studio, he got on the organ and it was off from there. That one line became a reggae praise party…in English and Spanish!” Micah adds, “God said. ‘If I be lifted up in the earth/I will draw all men unto me.’ It’s his responsibility to do the healing. My job is to lift him up and make his name famous.”
The album debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album Chart.
Micah Stampley has a multi-octave vocal range spanning from bass-to-first soprano and is well known for that. His voice has literally staggering power and sensitivity. Interestingly, he’s never had any formal vocal training. He says about his own voice: “It’s just a sound that God has given me; I think He just kind of fine tuned my vocal chords and gave me this high register. I can sing bass and soprano naturally. It’s pretty amazing and to be honest, I can’t explain it. It’s just something that happens whenever I feel the presence of God come over me. I sing at heights that I never thought any man would sing.”
His voice has often been compared with Grammy award winner Donnie McClurkin who is also known in the gospel community for his high notes. Both stars disagree to this but Donnie has expressed his profound admiration of Micah Stampley’s outstanding vocal dexterity.
Micah has the stamina to hold notes for lengths of time without wavering in pitch or tone, seemingly effortlessly.
As of 2016, Micah and Heidi Stampley have five children. They are the co-founders of Interface Entertainment and Operation I Believe, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, launched in 2006 with platforms that include humanitarian and outreach initiatives. Micah is a third-generation license preacher.
He has been adopted by King Adamtey I of Ghana, as a son.