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Michael McLean

Meet Author Michael McLean

Michael McLean is a songwriter, composer, author, performer, playwright, film producer and director. As a songwriter he has written music and lyrics for more than 20 albums and has sold over a million tapes and CDs since his first release in 1983. They include You're Not Alone, Stay With Me, Celebrating the Light, A New Kind of Love Song, One Heart in the Right Place, You've Always Been There for Me, and the best-selling Collections Volumes 1 and 2 and The Forgotten Carols. As an author he's written three books, each with accompanying CDs. Distant Serenade, Hold On The Light Will Come: And Other Lessons My Songs Have Taught Me, and The Forgotten Carols Since its release in 1991, Michael has performed a theatrical version of The Forgotten Carols to sold-out audiences throughout the United States. Michael and his wife Lynne have three children and an adopted dog named Grace.

Author's Published Articles
2011-09-09

Should a non-political songwriter who wants everybody to love him be a wimp and refuse to take a stand?...

2011-08-18

What do you do about the people who abuse you and bring you down?...

2011-07-15

I couldn’t help but see the bad news broadcast everywhere last week about the economy. I’m not smart enough to know how to ...

2011-06-30

If circumstances seem hard, we ca say, “ I don’t understand and I don’t know how long this is going to last. This situat...

2011-06-16

From my reading of the text I don’t see a “wicked and adulterous” man seeking signs. I see a man needing help. He had ho...

2011-06-02

About a year and half ago I felt “the call” to go on a full time Mission2BJ, and my first thought was this: Where’s the ...

2011-05-19

I wrote the song “Hold on, the Light will Come” in a dark hour. That may be why it means so very much to me....

2011-05-05

Michael picked up the phone and a tender young woman made a request that changed his life....

2011-04-07

Standing near the Sea of Galilee, Michael wanted to explain that Peter was just trying to do his best....

2011-03-24

What do you do if your marriage goes stale?...

2011-03-10

Michael McLean wrote the song that he needed for himself....

2011-02-24

Carl’s legs didn’t work, but that didn’t mean that he didn’t get around. He had Bonnie....

2011-02-11

Sometimes the miracle you get isn't the one you've been praying for....

2011-01-27

Originally written as a love song, “Stay with Me” became something more as Michael McLean’s perspective changed with time...

2011-01-13

The Aborigines believe the earth was sung into existence, so Michael created a song....

2010-12-30

During the holidays we exchange gifts, but how many of them we give or receive are what we really needed?...

2010-12-16

Michael wrote this song because his daughter’s sense of worth had sunk so low under the merciless teasing of the other childr...

2010-12-02

When he needed the lesson most about letting the Savior in, this song from The Forgotten Carols came spontaneously to Michael. ...

2010-11-18

If a song of the heart is truly a prayer unto God, which songs are reaching farther into heaven?...

2010-11-04

Changing our hearts is one of God’s greatest miracles. I know—he changed mine....

2010-10-21

In every neighborhood in every community in the world, there are people who are in need of a Safe Harbor of the Heart....

2010-10-07

Why is it, I wondered, that the lost souls get so much attention in the scriptures? But what about the people who aren’t par...

2010-09-23

Sometimes there are no easy explanations when life really hurts....

2010-09-09

You pick an age at which you think you’re going to be all grown up, but it doesn’t always work....

2010-08-26

Michael’s game plan for rekindling the fire in his marriage was pretty simple, but it took him weeks to actually put it into ...

2010-08-12

Test...

2010-08-12

Here is the first draft of a Michael McLean song--and then the final song after his wife voiced her opinion....

2010-07-23

Welcome to Michael McLean as a new, regular writer on Meridian. Brighten your day as he tells the touching story behind his son...

2009-04-27

The New York critics have ravaged The Ark in cynical reviews that were more about its family and religious values than its thea...

2009-04-27

Their ship has come in! Michael McLean and Kevin Kelly's The Ark opens soon off-Broadway....


Author's Blog
November 22, 2010

First day of Forgotten Carols rehearsals and I’m a happy guy.  Reunited with great friends anticipating the best se...

November 8, 2010

Three days of chores and I’m feeling “chore’d out”.  Don’t get me wrong.  There’...

November 1, 2010

I did something wonderful today.  I gave my wife and my daughter and my granddaughter a gift.  I gave them a nap. &n...

October 6, 2010

I was interviewed today.  Utah Valley Magazine has been around ten years and they asked if they could do an article on me ...

September 7, 2010

Today John Batdorf and I did a concert in the San Diego area.  This was the singles’ conference I’ve been writ...

September 1, 2010

The final days of August have been hectic, and I’ve been scrambling to keep up.  It’s been tougher than usual ...

August 23, 2010

Michael has been so sick, but still is on his mission to be happy.  How is your mission to be happy going? This week I di...

August 16, 2010

This was unexpected.  Our friends from Washington State, the Jacksons, kidnapped us and took us to Nine Mine Canyon to lo...

August 12, 2010

Happy Anniversary to US!!! Thirty-six years ago at 9:30am we were married by Neal Maxwell in the Salt Lake Temple.  Thirt...

July 26, 2010

Today I’d like to invite you to follow me, via my daily journal entries about a mission that I called myself on. &nb...