In the first year and a half of his professional career, Gary Lee Michael was nominated for 'Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year' and 'Independent Songwriter of the Year' by the MIRL, as well as the CMA “Eagle Award.” Gary also won the EIA 'Male Vocalist of the Year' award, was inducted into the Alabama Country Music Hall of Fame and given an honorary membership to the CMA. In 1991, Gary was also appointed States Representative of the Southeast Region for the CMA.
Gary’s first single was “Daddy’s Little Girl”, a song that touched the hearts of people all over the world. This was evidenced when “Daddy’s Little Girl” became the most requested song for three weeks in Ireland. First Lady Barbara Bush even sent a card thanking Gary for writing such a touching song. Radio personalities responded with great praise as well and to this day people still ask Gary about the song. The video was shown on CMT, “Shot Gun Red”, and “The Morning show”.
“Daddy’s Little Girl” was followed by “Wish You Didn’t Love Him The way I love You” and a third single entitled “Hometown Boy” that soared into the top 20 reaching #19 on the Billboard charts and #8 on the Cash Box charts. Gary’s most exciting moment in country music came when he looked at the charts and saw his song “Home Town Boy” at #19 with a bullet and Garth Brooks “Two of a Kind” at #20 with Vince Gil’s “Pocket Full of Gold” at #18.
Gary performed and held company with some of the biggest names in country including Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner and Ronnie Milsap.
Gary recalls that Randy Travis and Garth Brooks were two of the most sincere people he’s met. One night after a show Garth and Gary were doing a magazine photo session. When the session ended, Gary thanked everyone and turned to leave. Gary said, “I heard somebody shout, Gary! I turned around and Garth Brooks was running over to me and he shook my hand and said, ‘good luck with your music’ and that was when he was riding high on Friends in Low Places.”
Little did Gary know that several weeks later his promising career would come to a screeching halt…
Six days away from finalizing his deal with Warner Bros, Gary suffered a near fatal car crash. He remembers to this day, the sounds of the crash and fighting to free himself from the car before an explosion.
Currently, Gary Lee Michael has released a new self-titled album. The first single from the albun is called, "The Yard Sale." Recently Gary performed, for the first time in 17 years, to a crowd in Charlotte, NC. The crowd response was tremendous and the energy Gary had on the stage was contageous! Gary is BACK, and ready to play!
His never-ending faith in God and his passion for music have brought Gary’s musical journey full circle. Gary’s now expressing his thoughts in song with an even deeper meaning and enjoying every minute…