Michael John Stanley is an accomplished Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist from Southern California with an innate ability to capture people with his stories and songs, and help them find a deeper more intimate connection with God. One recent quote from his first concert back after 8 years was, “Michael John Stanley interacts with his audience from the moment he takes the stage. Life has truly given him voice!”
Although he really only enjoys playing original music, he is fluent on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar and drums. When he does perform non original songs, he usually rewrites them to his own version!
In 2011 he started his own marketing company that specializes in working with Non Profits with everything from rewriting their Missional Language, to developing websites which includes photography and video! (website )
In 2013 he started Camp Connection which specifically helps Christian Camps find and retain guest groups with the simple mission of "Helping group leaders find great camps, by connecting great camps with group leaders!" (website)
Written and produced six full length albums. His song "Words" charted in the Top 30 on the National Radio and Records charts in 2005 which included hitting number one on two radio stations!
He is fluent of what he calls "story-o-graphy" where he actually captures and produces short and precise video documentaries for his Non Profit clients. This also translates very well to stage as he sets up each song!
He is a competitive Masters Elite Long Distance Runner from the Mile to Marathon. In 2016 he was the USATF Grand Prix National Champion with a Boston Marathon PR of 2:52 and a 5K PR of 16:54. He also enjoys helping and coaching other athletes.
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Thanks to his previous work and success as a World Vision Artist, Michael John was welcomed to the Holt International Artist program with open arms!
In his late teens he reunited with his real Father after not seeing him for 10 years. His Father had become a devout Christian during their time apart and introduced him to Jesus and the guitar at the same time. Michael John immediately took to the guitar and began writing songs about his new faith. Within a year he put a band together (with his Dad on bass) and recorded his first demo...