Michael Card is an award-winning musician, writer, and performing artist who is perhaps best known and most appreciated for the meticulous biblical study that supports the themes and lyrics of his creative compositions. With the writing of a new book, A Fragile Stone: The Emotional Life of Simon Peter, and the recording of a new album by the same title, Card once again digs into familiar passages to produce fascinating, inspiring and challenging insights.
Beginning with his 1981 debut album, First Light, Card has used his knowledge of the Bible to create musical word pictures that spark the imagination and rekindle the flames of faith. His songs have led us on a remarkable journey—from the Old Testament's prophetic promise of the Messiah to the New Testament's good news of Jesus Christ and onward to the hope of our age in His imminent return. To date Card has released twenty recordings, achieving nineteen "number one" songs on Christian radio charts and earning five Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association.
In addition to writing songs like "El Shaddai" and "Immanuel," Card has also written or cowritten fourteen books. Collectively, his books have sold more than 400,000 copies! He was nominated for both the C. S. Lewis Children's Book Award and the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association's Gold Medallion Book Award for Sleep Sound in Jesus. Another of his books, A Violent Grace, was nominated for the ECPA's Gold Medallion Award in 2001.
A graduate of Western Kentucky University with bachelor's and master's degrees in biblical studies, Card is currently at work on a Ph.D. in classical literature. He also serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians, teaching courses on the creative process and calling the Christian recording industry into deeper discipleship.
Card lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.