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V. Michael McKay

For more than forty years, churches throughout the country have been inspired by the words and music of V. Michael McKay. As a well-respected conductor, clinician, speaker, songwriter, author, and radio talk show host, McKay has dedicated his life to a greater level of ministry, with a passion to meet the needs of people in the contemporary Christian community.


McKay is a two-time Dove Award winner and a 2000 inductee into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He recorded his first song, Wait Till the Morning Comes, with Isaac Douglas and the Houston Mass Choir in 1976. As a respected composer of Christian songs, other national artists such as Yolanda Adams, Brian Courtney Wilson, Daryl Coley, Tramaine Hawkins, Byron Cage, Micah Stampley, Dorothy Norwood, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, and many more have recorded his songs.


McKay's music is published through his publishing company, Schaff Music

Publishing, which includes several music books, other works and more

than 200 individual sheet music vocal scores. Upon meeting his mentor,

Dr. Margaret Pleasant Douroux in 1971, McKay was challenged and inspired

to document and publish his music.  Henceforth, was the birth of Schaff Music Publishing, which is named in honor of McKay's grandfather and

greatest spiritual influence in life, Rev. Wilmer Schaff Washington.

McKay's published music books include:

V. Michael McKay's Hymns For Him (62 Song Hymnal Supplement)

Pray, Church Pray (A Collection of 12 Songs on Prayer) 

Flow in the Spirit (Worship Songs for the Contemporaries)

From the Tabernacle to the Temple (A Musical Guide to Worship)


McKay’s published books include:

To Tell the Truth (A Collection of Song Stories)

I Would Sit Up With You, But I'm Sick Myself (Survival Tools for Ministry Leaders)

Great Responsibilities Behind the Wheel (A Leadership Manual)

Life: A Continuum of Lessons (Quotes and Real Life Short Stories)


V. Michael McKay’s works are also included in GIA's groundbreaking African American Heritage Hymnal, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Lift Up Your Heads, and a Southern Baptist hymnal supplement, For the Living of These Days. 


For more than forty years, V. Michael McKay has conducted church music

workshops and seminars, served as a church minister of music, and as

an adjunct college professor. 


McKay has influenced and mentored a plethora of local and national musicians and songwriters through his Hymns For Him and Songwriters' Ink Conferences. He can be heard sharing his musical wisdom and life’s lessons on his two hour radio talk show, Truth, which airs every Sunday night on Houston’s KTSU Radio Station, 90.9 FM. 


McKay studied music at both Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, where he resides.