Mathias Michael 'amplifies' prayer through music
Some people may prefer silent prayer, but Mathias Michael was never one of them. From a young age, long before becoming a professional singer-songwriter, he felt God's presence revealing itself most powerfully through music of worship.
“We can say our prayers and that's an amazing thing. There's a lot of meaning, weight and honesty in that. I think when we add melody, rhythm and the rest of the components of music to our prayer, it really lifts it; it really elevates it.”
Growing up in a family whose “second language” was music, Michael drew most of his inspiration from his father, who spent decades performing in military bands. A young Mathias eventually learned to play music himself while also developing an urge to unpack his thoughts and experiences through journaling.
Before long, Michael noticed his entries were transforming into prayers. A gradual realization led him to put religion into rhythm.
“I guess because of my experience with my faith and passion for music intersecting so much, it was only natural for me to take what I was writing in these journals and put that to music.”
Michael voices his mission in more ways than one. Since releasing his debut album in 2011, the Florida resident has also been traveling across the country to direct prayer at retreats and conferences. Whether he's serving as worship leader at his congregation or playing a concert, Mathias has the same goal.
“Increased unity in communities through my music. I always envision the stuff I write to be sung by groups of people – be it a congregation, a family, friends or at a concert. I want people to feel connected through God by listening to and singing my songs.”
In 2015, Mathias Michael released his second album, fittingly entitled “Amplified,” which is the exact effect he hopes the music has on the prayers of those who join in the singing.