Southern gospel music singer and songwriter Michael Bright will be in concert at a local church in honor of its homecoming this weekend.
Pastor Levi Carpenter extends a warm invitation to the public; homecoming at Crossroads Church, located at 529 South Main in Swainsboro next to Buddy’s Home Furnishings, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 16, with lunch to follow the concert.
Those who attend will be in for a musical delight.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Bright now resides in Swainsboro. His original entry into the music field was country music, and during that time, he had the opportunity to stand alongside many recording artists like Conway Twitty, Ronnie McDowell, Alabama, Rickey Skaggs, Archie Campbell, Reba McEntire, and even Roy Acuff on the Grand Old Opry stage.
This lifestyle, however, led Bright “down some wrong roads in life” and ultimately transitioned him into singing the gospel.
He lived near a church he could see from his home, yet he never stepped foot inside it until a young couple from his neighborhood invited him to attend. One morning in that very church, he walked to the altar, got down on his knees, and gave his life to God. After that, he realized he was now standing side-by-side with the one who really mattered.
In 1995, Bright recorded his own gospel CD, sent it out to radio stations, and took the time to call disc jockeys and asked them to play his music.
What happened next, he says, was amazing.
Bright became the first southern gospel music singer to have five songs chart in the top 25 at the same time. Two of those songs, “By Faith” and “It’s Gonna Be A Good Day,” went on to become No. 1 in the United Kingdom on SonRise Radio and stayed in the top 25 for nearly a year.
Bright’s music has since continued to chart in the top 40 in the country. Additionally, Bright has presented more than 200 concerts per year throughout the U.S. from 1995 to 2013. He has been invited as a special guest on Dove Broadcasting TV Network and Atlanta Live TV Network.
All of this, he adds, happened without a radio promoter, booking agent, or recording company. For that, he gives all the credit to God—which is what he does as he sings.
For more information about Bright’s singing career, follow him on Facebook.