Rev. Michael Pickett serves as the Minister of Music at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, His talents include being pianist, singer, songwriter, workshop clinician, music transcriber, publisher and graphic designer. His gifts have taken him to many cities across the United States, to Europe, and Africa. His gospel compositions can be heard on several national recordings and television; several have been performed by the Akron Symphony Orchestra and another was used to minister to the space shuttle crew Columbia. His music goal is to elevate the level of the music offering from the mundane to the inspired, from the ordinary to the challenging and the spirit-less to the spirit-filled. He is featured on a compilation CD released in 2008 called: The Garment of Praise.
Barbara and Michael have performed extensively together in many venues, performing many genres of music, both nationally and internationally. The many gifts they bring together as individual artists synergistic-ally compound and captivate audiences in thrilling performances. One of their fortes has been the integration of children’s groups into presentations that are thematically about African American cultural music. The teachings brought to the children and the resulting performances have been inspirational and heart-felt to the point of joy and tears. Renewed recognition and appreciation for the contributions of African Americans to our national music heritage has been the result, and indelible performance imprints have impacted the hearts and minds of the generation of the future.