V. Michael McKay

McKAY, V. Michael. b. Alexandria, Louisiana, 8 May 1952. V. Michael McKay grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, where his grandfather was a Baptist preacher. His grandmother sang hymns to him at home and while riding in the car, embedding in him a love for the people’s song at an early age. It was out of this experience that he felt a calling to make composition and music making as his life’s work (Defender, 2018, n.p.). He named his publishing company, Schaff Music Publishing, after his grandfather, Rev. Wilmer Schaff Washington (Hymns for Him Now, n.d., n.p.).  McKay is one of the most enduring gospel song composers and artists of his generation. He recorded his first song, ‘Wait till the...

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