Whether delivering contemporary R&B- and hip-hop-informed songs or preaching alongside a more-traditional church choir, Pastor Mike Jr. brings a powerful voice to his eclectic contemporary gospel fare. His solo debut album, 2019's Live Free, went to number one on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.
The son of a Pastor, Michael D. McClure, Sr., Pastor Mike Jr. hails from Birmingham, Alabama. As leader of the Rock City Church in Forestdale, AL, he released his first solo single, "Big," in mid-2019. It made it into the Top 20 of Billboard charts including Top Gospel Songs and Gospel Airplay. He followed it with the full-length Live Free on the Black Smoke label in September 2019. Live Free features inspirational anthems that speak to the reality of each person. It speaks to that desire to win, recover, and survive. His songs are designed to tackle real life issues in a lyrical manner and peppered with life and gospel truth from the sages of old.
Following the release of Live Free, Pastor Mike Jr. received Stellar Award nominations for Song of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year, and Rap/Hip Hop Gospel Album of the Year.