Michael Card's musical journey began when he wrote a song as a favor to his pastor while earning a master's degree in biblical studies at Western Kentucky University. In the years that followed, he has written some of Christian music's most cherished songs, including the classics "El Shaddai," "Joy in the Journey," and "Emmanuel." He has earned five Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year for "El Shaddai," Children's Music Album of the Year for Come to the Cradle, and Praise and Worship Album of the Year for The Final Word and Coram Deo. He has also received acclaim for the books he has authored, including a nomination for the C.S. Lewis Children's Book Award for Sleep Sound in Jesus.
In recent years Michael has cut back on his concert schedule, focusing more on his Bible teaching and spending time with his wife Susan, and their four children, Katie, Will, Nate, and Maggie, at their home in rural Tennessee.