If there was any question as to if Micah Schaffer was destined to be great, a listen to one of his songs will assure you that he is. Micah's intriguing wordplay and impeccable delivery are tools that he commonly uses to get his message about Jesus across. As a young, saved individual, Micah strives to do two things: get the message of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ out, and do that by the means of music and speaking. At the age of 25, he is young, but knowledgable of scriptures and pop culture, incorporating both in a mix of thought-provoking punchlines to make you think about the gospel.
Going through the death of his mother, Gwendolyn Kelley-Schaffer, at age 6, life was obviously hard. Once raised in the church, this led Micah to stop attending. He still excelled in school, and was known to be one of the most creative students in his class. It was in exploring his creativity, that he picked up what he loves the most today. Since the age of 8, Schaffer has embraced the art form of rap. He would use his brother's karaoke machine to loop beats to rap over. His message was not godly at the time, but soon would be. Micah experienced much of what teenagers go through at an earlier age. He dealt with seeing drugs and alcohol and even pornography before the age of 10. He and his friends began to cause trouble in the neighborhood, stealing, robbing and vandalising property. He even tried marijuana and alcohol to try and fit in. This all changed during a week of revival in 2002. As he was getting ready for church, he suddenly felt tired of doing what everyone else was doing. So in that week, Micah chose to start living for God at 15 years old. He often faced some criticism for being saved, as most young believers do. This did not discourage him as he continued on his path with God. Schaffer states at times that in the revival that he was saved during, "11 young men got saved, I'm the only one still living for God." The decision to live holy for Micah was one that at times hasn't been the easiest to maintain, but nonetheless he presses toward the mark of the high calling that God has set for him. Rapping for Christ didn't come easy at first. If it was one thing that he felt he couldn't do, this would be it. Rhyme after rhyme just didn't fit. Nothing was clever. Nothing seemed interesting enough.
Then in 2005, Schaffer and his older brother Theo formed a singing duo, recording in their oldest brother, Ladric Kelley's (CEO of On Live Entertainment) studio. The two would release 16 tracks. Micah Schaffer still was not satisfied. He was not as good of a singer as his older brother. So he went back to rapping. The first song he wrote, pleased him greatly. Ever since then, he has gotten better with every song, every verse, every rhyme. He uses his personal testimony of being broken and realizing what God has in store for him as well as every young person in his music. His first project, a mixtape titled "Open Mic" was released online in December of 2010. His second mixtape "II Micah: Chapter 1" will be released in Fall 2011. Micah has opened up and performed with the likes of Mali Music, The Ambassador, Sean Simmonds and 'Da T.R.U.T.H, and has had songs featuring artists such as k-Drama.
Micah Schaffer knows his purpose. He knows what his gift is for. The glorification of Jesus Christ and saving of souls. With God on his side, and a zeal for him, he knows what he can acheive. Lots of money is not in the equation, and neither is fame. To make the King of Kings known is the goal. Music and ministry are the mediums.