To see Dr. Michael Fletcher, is to see someone that has no boundaries for giving God what He is justly due–the “Highest Praise!” His unique and exhilarating style of directing is often imitated by young and old alike.
Michael Fletcher is a musical icon that has dedicated more than 30 years to the ministry of Gospel music. Michael’s music ministry began at the tender age of seven, as the founder and director of the Pingree Street Community Choir. By the age of 12, Michael was the director of music for the Second Canaan Missionary Baptist church under the pastorate of the late Reverend David L. Kelley, Sr. A protégé of the “The Maestro,” the late Minister Thomas A. Whitfield, Michael has taken his ministry to a new level. Some of Michael’s numerous accomplishments include, a charter member and director of the Whitfield Company for more than 35 years and currently serves as minister of music to the Gospel Music Workshop of America–Detroit Chapter.
In addition to Michael’s extensive choral directing ability, he is also a renowned vocalist. His vocal training began in the Detroit Public School system, where he was a featured soloist at school assemblies and participated with glee clubs and choirs throughout his educational years. Michael has had the privilege to be mentored by music greats such as the late Brazeal W. Dennard, John Massenburg, the late Mildred Dobey and the late Geraldine Duncan.
In past years, Michael’s other vocal undertakings include recording with artists such as, Vashawn Mitchell, Ernest Pugh, Bishop Rance Allen, Lisa Page Brooks and Tasha Page-Lockhart, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Yolanda Adams, the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar, the late Minister Thomas A. Whitfield, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, The National Baptist Convention Choir, Evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole, United Temple Church of God in Christ, Rudolph Stanfield and New Revelation, Derrick Milan and The Krew, Ruth Busby and the late Rev. James Marks and the Voices of Heaven.
Michael also travels extensively and can be found conducting workshops, seminars, conferences, concerts and other various ministry opportunities. His vast travels are not limited to the United States alone. During his musical journey, he has participated in a 10 day–six city tour in Spain with the Whitfield Company and was choir director for the Millennium Conference in Nassau, Bahamas which featured recording artist Richard Smallwood.
Dr. Fletcher has also worked with the legendary Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin, on several occasions–including a prayer vigil held in May 2003 for recording artist the late Luther Vandross. He has been a member of Second Ebenezer Church for more than 35 years under the tutelage of Pastor Edgar L. Vann, Jr. At Second Ebenezer, Michael serves as Director of Music, where he inspires others to another level of praise as well as mentors upcoming artists and aspiring musicians. In honor of Michael’s 30th Anniversary with The Michael Fletcher Chorale, he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Music on December 30, 2012, from Union Baptist Seminary.
One of Michael’s favorite passages of scripture is, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.