Lovely: Micah & Heidi Stampley Share Their Song Writing Gifts To The World


International recording
artist and worship
leader Micah Stampley’s
partner in love, life,
music and ministry,
wife Heidi Stampley has written or co-written
over 40 songs on her
husband eight Stellar
and Dove Award-
nominated albums,
which started with Micah’s debut album, Songbook of Micah, and
subsequent releases A Fresh Wind…The Second
Soul, Ransomed, One Voice, Release Me, Love
Never Fails, and To The King…Vertical Worship.
Some of their top-charting songs were on
Billboard’s radio charts and fan favorites over all the world, which include “War Cry,” “We
Need The Glory,” “Fervent Prayer,” “How He
Loves Me,” “Desperate People,” “Speak Into My
Life,” “Lend Your Song To Me,” “Hallelujah
Chant” and “Glory To The Lamb.” Heidi also co-
wrote, along with Micah, Regina Belle’s gospel hit “Make An Example Out Of Me.” To date, Heidi
and Micah have a written a combined 150 plus
songs in gospel, CCM, country and pop music.
They are expanding their catalogue to write for
other artists in multiple genres, as well as
television and film scores. “I actually started as a poet,” says Heidi. “I started writing poems
when I was in high school and when Micah and
I started dating, I would write poems to him all
the time while sitting in my nursing classes. I
think I probably started hearing melodies from
a young age growing up as a Pastor’s daughter and singing and leading in the choir. However,
I never really considered myself a songwriter
back then.”

Micah’s current single, “Be Lifted,” was written
by Heidi from his current album, To the King…
Vertical Worship, debuted at No. 2 on
Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and marks
Micah’s highest debut to date. The single is
currently No. 14 on Billboard’s Gospel National Airplay Top 30 Chart. “Be Lifted” is named one
of the top hot new songs in 2016 by and is touted to be one of
Micah’s biggest career records. Heidi is grateful
for the progress and the development she has
made from her first song, “War Cry” (Songbook of Micah) to “Be Lifted.” “My songwriting started
shortly after Micah and I got married,” says
Heidi. “He was so musical and I thought maybe
I’ll just join the poetic side of me with the
melodies I heard. Songwriting for me is an
organic and natural experience. I honestly don’t really work at it. I just hear these
melodies and lyrics and start singing what I
hear. It’s a gift from God that I am grateful for
and I don’t take it lightly.”

Heidi, also a gifted vocalist concurs that every
songwriter has its own process of creating
music. “Most of the time the songs end up on
my voice notes and scribbled on whatever I
can find at the time,” says Heidi. “I have stacks
of old envelopes and hotel note pad paper with lyrics of songs. Sometimes I go back and look
at them and remember where I was when a
song came. I prefer to let the songs just come
and never try to force it. Sometimes I get a piece
of something and then I share with Micah and
he gets the rest and vice versa. On the new album, we collaborated with another writer on
a few songs and it was the same thing. There
were parts of the songs that I had from months
earlier that ended up matching up with things
they had. There are so many amazing stories of
songs we collaborated on. We just have great chemistry and I think it comes through in the

Heidi also penned another one of her favorite
songs, as well as one of Micah’s favorites. “I
Believe” from A Fresh Wind and the Release Me
projects and a remix version of the song is also
included on the new CD. This song speaks to
Heidi’s personal experience and how she has walked by faith in so many areas of her life. The
song continues to encourage her as well as
other people from all over the world, who have
shared their testimonies with her and Micah.
She knows what the song meant to her
personally when she had to believe God against all odds. “‘I Believe,’ really blesses me,”
says Micah. “It brings me back to a place where
I know I can receive absolutely anything from
God; which can only be accomplished through
faith and believing in Him.”

Micah and Heidi’s gift of songwriting is their
biggest blessing and to see their children
develop their songwriting skills leaves them in
awe. “They are writing amazing songs,” says
Heidi. “It’s a blessing and very rewarding.”

Micah will be a guest on Radio One’s The Rickey
Smiley Morning Show on Thursday, June 9th. The Vertical Worship Promotional tour continues to the Tower of Prayer Church on June 23rd (Birmingham, AL); the Rejoice Musical Soul Food Festival on June 25th (Norfolk, VA); Washington, DC on June 26 th and June 27th; the ESSENCE  Festival in New Orleans, LA (July 1st-July 3rd); Warri Nigeria Conference (July 8th –10th), the Spirit of Faith Conference in Washington, DC (July 12th); the Capital City Youth Conference in Baton Rouge,
LA (July 19); the New Wine Church Conference in London, England (July 22nd – 24th) and the Visitation Conference in Charlotte, NC (July 29th). Several other promotional dates are currently be scheduled in Chicago, New York
City, Los Angeles and key markets.

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