Michael David Booth was born in Tampa, Florida and lived there most of life until his family moved to Spring Hill, Tennessee in 2004. His introduction to music came through hearing his dad’s southern gospel group “war stories” as well as listening to southern gospel music. He became a born-again Christian at the age of seven. He credits his study in the Word as a teenager in being instrumental in strengthening his relationship with the Lord. As a youngster, Michael became interested in playing the drums and would use his mother’s pots and pans as a drum set. He continued to play drums throughout junior high and high school, winning trophies and being awarded a jazz scholarship to college upon his graduation from high school.
Singing came late for Michael compared to his brother, Ronnie. His first attempt to sing came in 1990 at the age of 19. Although he had plenty of confidence when he was playing drums on stage, singing on stage was a different story. Eventually, with lots of practice, his desire to minister through song overcame his fear and started him on the road to becoming the artful singer he is today.
Michael met his future wife, Vicki, at an early Booth Brother concert in Temple Terrace, Florida in 1992. They were soon married and today live in Tennessee with their sons, Christian Michael, Jonathan David, and Austin Neil. All three boys have little glimmers of Michael’s unforgettable personality shining through here and there. Michael enjoys every opportunity he has to spend time with his family “It’s amazing how the days fly by and the kids grow so fast,” he says. “I don’t want to look back in 20 years and regret that I missed an opportunity to make a difference in my kids’ lives.”
The past several years have been special ones for Michael’s career. The group has been privileged to sing with so many talented artists both while being part of the Gaither Homecoming program and pursuing their own concerts dates. When asked what these experiences are like, Michael says, “I guess the thing that affects me most is that among all the thousands of faces out there each night, I want to make sure that God uses the Booth Brothers to minister to those that need God’s touch and His free gift of salvation, even if it’s only one person. Bill Gaither tells us to sing in such a way that the folks get just a glimpse of heaven. What an awesome responsibility! And most of all, we want all that we do to bring honor and glory to our Lord and Savior!