Mike E. Wright
Advanced Guitar Instructor
Current host of the Mike Check Radio Show and the Mike Chat Talk Show.
Honored as a member of Commissioned by receiving the BMI Legends of Gospel Trailblazer Award, the already legendary rap artist Mike -E was born Michael E. Wright on the west side of Detroit. The son of a Pentecostal Bishop & a very loving mother. He was raised in the rich musical community known as Hitsville, USA (Motown) and in the heart of the industry’s gospel birth place.
Growing up thirteen blocks from Motown, Mike-E’s musical career started early. He played both the French Horn & Cello throughout his school years. Mike-E started playing guitar at the age of thirteen in the corner of his parents’ church. That launched his career in the gospel industry. Mike-E found himself performing with every gospel artist in the city. Some of those artists include: The Winans, The Clark Sisters, Thomas Whitfield, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, BeBe & CeCe Winans and the list goes on and on. Mike-E was also one of the founding members of the group Commissioned.
Mike-E moved to New York at the age of eighteen where his touring career began with Tremain Hawkins’ “Fall Down Tour.” From there, Mike-E never looked back & has been making music ever since.
After fifteen years of touring, Mike-E launched his solo career in the field of positive Gospel Rap. Being a pioneer in the field of Gospel Rap, Mike-E was the first to win back to back Dove Awards for Rap Album of the Year (1992, 1993).
Mike-E was also the first black artist to cross over into the world of Christian Music. He found himself touring with renowned artists like Michael W. Smith “Go West Tour”, Amy Grant, DC Talk, BeBe & CeCe Winans “Heaven & Addictive Love Tour.” This was during the time that Mike-E was signed to Reunion Records where he was label mates with Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant.
Upon leaving Reunion Records, Mike-E partnered with NFL Superstar – All Time Sack Leader – Minister of Defense – Reggie White where the two formed Big Doggie Records. Mike-E was CEO, Co-Owner and the Label’s first artist where his inaugural release “Back In The Day” received four Dove Award Nominations including Rap Artist of the Year.
Mike-E has continued to be a driving force in the industry both writing, producing and launching his ground breaking business – Total Gig University – which is designed to be the ultimate performance development & consulting firm. As a pioneer in the hip hop world, Mike-E is known just as much for his blistering guitar skills as for his rapping prowess.
Mike-E became the first rapper in history to perform in a Live Broadway Production with the Boys Choir of Harlem. Mike-E also produced the song “Rough Crossing” for their sound track album.
BMI Legends of Gospel Trailblazer Award • Back to back Dove Awards for Rap Album of the Year • Six Dove Nominations • Grammy Award for Handells Soulful Messiah • Two Stellar Award Nominations for Production for Touch of Faith & YWFC (both artists on Big Doggie Label) • Nashville Songwriter’s Award (I Believe – Angie & Debbie Winans)
• Mike E has appeared & performed on over 100 albums including his own:
Mike-E and the G-Rap Crew, Good News for the Bad Timez, and Pass It On
Artists Performed With:
• The Winans • The Clark Sisters • Kirk Franklin • Yolanda Adams • BeBe and CeCe Winans • Commissioned • Thomas Whitfield • Tremain Hawkins • Edwin Hawkins and The Hawkins Family • Vanessa Bell-Armstrong • Michael W. Smith • Amy Grant • DC Talk • Run DMC • Goody Mob • Wu-tang • The Boys Choir of Harlem – Broadway Show • Whitney Houston • Sheila E. • Luther Vandross • Aretha Franklin • Little Richard • Take Six • Waylon Jennings • Handell’s Soulful Messiah Album • Monday Night Football Opening with Hank Williams, Jr. • Spots for Pepsi Cola & McDonald’s Commercials