About Michael Hodge

 A Southern California native, Michael Hodge is the son of a classical pianist, and grew up listening to everything from the great classics to twentieth century music. He began his musical pursuit with guitar lessons in the fourth grade on a cheap boxed guitar, and by junior high had his first garage band that practiced at a local church auditorium. By high school, Michael excelled in music, playing sax, flute and string bass. He became president of the school and was the station manager of the school radio station KPOP. Michael was also voted Musician of the Year, Most Likely to Succeed, Who’s Who among American High School Students, and was offered several fully paid scholarships to major universities.

 

  It was during high school that Michael also connected with his first serious band “Sunrise,” complete with an agent who booked them at teen clubs, dances and the local air force base. Their lives took a big turn when several band members started attending a local Bible study. As a result, the band altered their name to “Sonrise” and switched to playing at churches, prisons, and outdoor evangelical meetings. After high school the band members moved into a house together, had weekly Saturday night concerts at a local community church, and from the home base of that church traveled throughout California.

  

  Through their regular performances in churches and Christian gatherings, the band experienced something completely new: leading people in worship. After several years they each branched out to play with other contemporary Christian music (CCM) bands such as Sweet Comfort and Allies. Michael finished college while playing and recording with several Southern California bands. At age 20, he produced his first album for a local artist. Michael then did two albums with a friend, Jaymes Felix, which led to work with several other artists including gospel music icon, Andrae Crouch.


           Michael eventually moved to North Hollywood where he recorded and played live. He toured with R&B legend Chaka Kahn for two years, and as a Christian sought to be a light in the mainstream marketplace. Michael met Motown Recording Artist Carrie McDowell at Church on The Way in Van Nuys. They became close friends while Carrie was working on her second album for Motown, and eventually married in 1989.

          

Through their regular performances in churches and Christian gatherings, the band experienced something completely new: leading people in worship. After several years they each branched out to play with other contemporary Christian music (CCM) bands such as Sweet Comfort and Allies. Michael finished college while playing and recording with several Southern California bands. At age 20, he produced his first album for a local artist. Michael then did two albums with a friend, Jaymes Felix, which led to work with several other artists including gospel music icon, Andrae Crouch.

           It was during high school that Michael also connected with his first serious band “Sunrise,” complete with an agent who booked them at teen clubs, dances and the local air force base. Their lives took a big turn when several band members started attending a local Bible study. As a result, the band altered their name to “Sonrise” and switched to playing at churches, prisons, and outdoor evangelical meetings. After high school the band members moved into a house together, had weekly Saturday night concerts at a local community church, and from the home base of that church traveled throughout California.

          A Southern California native, Michael Hodge is the son of a classical pianist, and grew up listening to everything from the great classics to twentieth century music. He began his musical pursuit with guitar lessons in the fourth grade on a cheap boxed guitar, and by junior high had his first garage band that practiced at a local church auditorium. By high school, Michael excelled in music, playing sax, flute and string bass. He became president of the school and was the station manager of the school radio station KPOP. Michael was also voted Musician of the Year, Most Likely to Succeed, Who’s Who among American High School Students, and was offered several fully paid scholarships to major universities.

  

 It was during high school that Michael also connected with his first serious band “Sunrise,” complete with an agent who booked them at teen clubs, dances and the local air force base. Their lives took a big turn when several band members started attending a local Bible study. As a result, the band altered their name to “Sonrise” and switched to playing at churches, prisons, and outdoor evangelical meetings. After high school the band members moved into a house together, had weekly Saturday night concerts at a local community church, and from the home base of that church traveled throughout California. 

 Through their regular performances in churches and Christian gatherings, the band experienced something completely new: leading people in worship. After several years they each branched out to play with other contemporary Christian music (CCM) bands such as Sweet Comfort and Allies. Michael finished college while playing and recording with several Southern California bands. At age 20, he produced his first album for a local artist. Michael then did two albums with a friend, Jaymes Felix, which led to work with several other artists including gospel music icon, Andrae Crouch. 

 Michael eventually moved to North Hollywood where he recorded and played live. He toured with R&B legend Chaka Kahn for two years, and as a Christian sought to be a light in the mainstream marketplace. Michael met Motown Recording Artist Carrie McDowell at Church on The Way in Van Nuys. They became close friends while Carrie was working on her second album for Motown, and eventually married in 1989. 

 Michael and Carrie signed with the label Starsong/EMI, moved to Nashville in 1992 and did two albums, and toured all over the USA, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East as Two Hearts. Two Hearts had three #1 singles, as well as several other top 10 radio songs. Their video for the song "Miracle" won Billboard magazine’s award for “best new artist” video of the year. 

 

In 1996 after the death of Carrie’s father, Michael and Carrie took a break from touring and became worship leaders at a church in Nashville, where they immersed themselves in their passion for leading worship and mentoring their team of musicians and singers. Michael also focused on Producing, Writing, and his career as a session guitar player.

 Because of his passion for worship, Michael has become known for his work on many CCM, Integrity music and international recordings. He has served as a clinician for Maranatha Worship leader workshops, and played on the worship team for Joyce Meyer Ministries conferences in the USA, Europe, Africa and India for over four years.

 

Michael started a music mentoring program bringing together musicians at Lakewood to fellowship, worship and encourage each other. He also writes gear reviews and ministry articles for Christian Musician magazine. Michael has released two instrumental albums: Feels Like Spring and Big Sky. And, he and Carrie released a 2009 Christmas album with the Prague Symphony called The Heart of Christmas. Michael and Carrie are in demand and travel throughout the USA and overseas leading worship and doing concerts. Michael proudly endorses McPherson acoustic guitars, D’Addario Strings , Boss, Roland and Yamaha products.

 In 2005, Michael was offered a position at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. After much prayer and thought, he and Carrie sold their home and recording studio in Nashville, moved to Texas and started a new life. At Lakewood Church they lead worship for several ministries including Celebrate Recovery and Prison Fellowship. They also conduct worship clinics.

 

Michael started a music mentoring program bringing together musicians at Lakewood to fellowship, worship and encourage each other. He also writes gear reviews and ministry articles for Christian Musician magazine. Michael has released two instrumental albums: Feels Like Spring and Big Sky. And, he and Carrie released a 2009 Christmas album with the Prague Symphony called The Heart of Christmas. Michael and Carrie are in demand and travel throughout the USA and overseas leading worship and doing concerts. Michael proudly endorses McPherson acoustic guitars, D’Addario Strings , Boss, Roland and Yamaha products.

Some artists Michael has worked with include:


Allies, Among Thorns, Lisa Angelle, Anointed, Songhee Bae (Korea), Margaret Becker, Lisa Bevell, Charles Billingsley, Andrae Crouch, Carman, Lindal Cooley, Kim Boyce, Irene Cara, Curt Coffield, Travis Cottrell, Geron Davis, Al Denson, Brian Doerksen, Brian Duncan, East to West, Maranatha Praise Band, Mark Farner, Natalie Grant, Lisa Gunger, Michael Gunger, Eoghan Haeslip, 4-Him, Kim Hill, Kees Kraayenoord (Holland), Israel Houghton, Aaron & Jeoffrey, Leeland Mooring, Hamilton Loomis, Jamie O’Neil, Chaka Kahn, Greg Long, Robin Mark, David Meece, Newsong, Phillips Craig & Dean, Point of Grace, Cindy Cruise Ratcliff, Sawyer Brown, Martin Smith (Delirious),Truth, Two Hearts, Mark Wiggins, Paul Wilbur, and Alicia Williamson. Spanish Artists include Marcos Vidal (Spain), Marcos Witt, Coallo Zamorano, Rene Garcia, Jaime Murrell, 33BC, Patty Cabrera, D’novo, Rene Gonzales, Yuri, and Susanna Allen.