Conversation with Michael Gungor
CCM singer/songwriter Michael Gungor was raised in Wisconsin, where he spent his formative years leading worship services with his pastor father. He studied jazz at Western Michigan and North Texas universities, and eventually settled in Michigan and joined the teen ministry Acquire the Fire. It was there that he formed the self-described "liturgical post-rock" outfit the Michael Gungor Band and began releasing albums, including 2003’s Bigger Than My Imagination and 2006’s Ancient Skies. Gungor and his wife, Lisa, eventually relocated to Denver, Colorado and founded a community of believers called Bloom. During that time he also shortened the band name to Gungor, releasing the album Beautiful Things under the new moniker in 2010. The intricate Ghosts Upon the Earth arrived the following year and earned two Grammy nominations for Best Gospel Song and Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. His new book "The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse" will be the focus of his conversation at UMHB on November 9, at 1pm.