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Mike Manuel
Mike Manuel’s faith in God and love for country music guide his life and career path. As an accomplished singer and songwriter, Mike combines the traditional sounds of country music with inspirational lyrics about faith, hope and promise. Mike wants his songs to have meaningful messages that resonate with his audiences and that is what his latest CD of original songs “Back in the Country Again” offers.  

Mike grew up in Houston, Texas, and as a teenager learned to play the guitar and sing the songs of Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley and George Jones. He is following in the footsteps of his father, Gerald, who once performed on the same show as Elvis Presley and sang at a music theater called the Tarkington Prairie Jamboree. It was at that weekly show that Mike first performed before a live audience. 

Mike credits the fall of 1971 as being a dramatic turning point in his life that would shape him and his music for years to come. That year at a little country church in Shepherd, Texas, the entire Manuel family was saved. It was this event that cultivated the pure country sound complete with wholesome lyrics that is so recognizable in Mike’s music today. In the following years, Mike traveled with his brothers as the Manuel Family Band. They received a warm reception from the gospel market with three single releases reaching the Singing News top 40, as well as reaching number one in the Christian Country and Country Gospel charts. 

In 1996, Mike decided to relocate his family to Nashville, Tennessee, to begin a full-time solo music career. What followed is a succession of 15 number one Christian Country radio singles and over 20 awards from various music organizations including the Country Gospel Music Association’s 1998 and 1999 National Entertainer of the Year, the 1998 National Songwriter of the Year and the 1999 Christian Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year. In 2006, Mike picked up the coveted Songwriter of the Year award at the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) awards. In 2006 he was a featured performer on the nationally televised ICM awards show alongside country stars Charlie Daniels, Lonestar and Trent Tomlinson. And in 2007, he took home "Song of the Year" for "Back in the Country Again", and also "Songwriter of the Year", as well as perfomed on the awards show again.

Today Mike Manuel continues to travel entertaining country audiences all over the country. His first single "Back in the Country Again" reached #1 on the charts, as well as won "Song of the Year" for the 2007 ICM Awards. His single "Granny's Song" has also reached #1 on the charts, and is adding stations daily. It is evident when you hear this collection of songs that the early love Mike developed for music has grown into a deep respect for its power to invoke emotions and affect the lives of people in a positive manner.
Jeff Wisely
Professional saxophonist and recording artist, Jeff Wisely, native of Southern Illinois, is an accomplished saxophone player with 35 years experience. Jeff is at ease in the recording studio and at personal appearances. He appeared on national television on the Shotgun Red Variety Show, July 4, on cable's RFD-TV. Jeff has performed in other venues: WPSD TV 6 Telethon of Stars, Paducah Kentucky; Texas Troubadour Theater, Nashville, Tennessee; Smoky Mountain Opry, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; The Princess Theater, Harriman, Tennessee; Marion Cultural and Civic Center, Marion, Illinois; and the Kentucky Opry, Draffenville, Kentucky.

Beginning at an early age, he decided to follow the Lord and use the talents God gave him to play gospel music. Jeff plays at many churches and has conducted services throughout the country. He has witnessed through the ministry of the saxophone and the sharing of God's word, people come to Jesus. Jeff's unique humor with his message allows him flexibility to minister in all denominational churches. Jeff says, “My ministry "Sax'n for Jesus" is just that, may I always play for the Lord. I pray that through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the sax may be a instrument that draws people to Christ.” When you witness Jeff’s performances, either live or on his latest album, you’ll soon realize Jeff fulfills his mission of bringing his audience to Jesus.

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