MICHAEL TERRY HOLCOMB
~ 'Old Six-Four, Ninety - Four' ~ MIKE is 6'4" tall ~ Mike has been recognized by the SINGING NEWS FAN AWARDS as FAVORITE BASS SINGER six times.
He is now recognized as probably the lowest bass singer traveling nationally, but Mike is
always quick to point out that his emphasis is on the message and not the messenger. To
God be the glory!
Mike was born
to Alfred Carl Holcomb, Jr. and Sarah Piccola Padgett Holcomb, on February 2,
1954, in Pickens County, Georgia, where he lived for his first 18 years. He attended
Tate Elementary School grades 1 - 5. The family then moved to Jasper where
Mike attended the Jasper Elementary in the 6th grade. The family moved again
to a place near Talking Rock where he attended Talking Rock Elementary in
the 7th grade. He then attended Pickens County High School from 8th grade
through the 12th grade. During his senior year he attended the Pickens Area
Vocational Technical School and graduated high school in the spring. Soon after
being offered a job with the Inspirations in September, 1972, Mike dropped
out of Tech school.
During a revival service being held at Price Creek Baptist Church, on
Wednesday morning, July 22, 1964, Mike was saved. The following Sunday, he
was baptized in Fishers Creek and joined the church.
Mike's first time to sing was in church at the age of 4, when he was
placed on the piano bench next to his mother so the congregation could see
him. His first quartet was the Happy Harmony Quartet -as bass singer- and he
sang with them for about 18 months. A new group, called the Deliverance
Quartet, was formed, and again Mike sang bass, emceed, set up the PA system,
and did the booking. Mr. Earl Wheeler and the Marksmen booked the group for
their Labor Day sing in Cumming, Georgia, along with many other groups
including the Inspirations, the Kingsmen, and the Hoppers. That afternoon,
Mike was asked to come and meet the Inspirations and sing a song with them
on their bus. At the end of the day he was asked to come to their office and
practice with them. The Inspirations manager, Martin Cook, asked if he would
come prepared to travel that weekend with them. That was in 1972, and Mike
is still an Inspiration to all who know him.
On April 25th 1976, Mike married Bavaria Lynn Mitchell of Bryson City, NC.
friends call her 'BOO' & you can too.
Bavaria is a homemaker, and teacher. Everyone
raves about Bavaria's infamous
many groups and singers who came to the
Singing In The Smokies
where Bavaria operated the concessions for many years. Just ask Jerry Kirksey
of the Singing News magazine!
son Jeremy "Nathan", was born August 10, 1977; and daughter Olivia "Niccole"
was born March 27, 1979. Nathan is a star athlete and has played baseball
with various semi-pro teams. He is also an teacher.
Mike, Niccole & "Big" Nathan
Nicolle, also a star athlete, having played volleyball and basketball
equally well, graduated from Southwestern Technical Institute and was married to Nathan Pierce in the
summer of 2002. Their beautiful wedding was a first for Inspiration Park.
On June 24, 2005, they
became the proud parent of 'little' Bavaria "Aubrey" Pierce.
Sadly Nathan was called home to heaven shortly after her birth.
For more on Nathan's home going,
In addition to his Bass singing duties with the Inspirations, Mike is also
an evangelist, keeps the Inspirations' inventory up to date, and still
somehow manages to find time to record his television programs. Mike's weekly 30 minute television broadcast,
MY HEART'S DESIRE, is now seen on cable on the WDLB Cable Network in our home county of
Swain and has been added to the WDLB cable stations' lineup in the following western North
Carolina counties of JACKSON, MACON, HAYWOOD, McDOWELL, AND BUNCOMBE. The program is
aired as well on Clayton Christian Cable in JONESBORO, GEORGIA. For full listing, see
TESTIMONY IN HIS WORDS: "My
life has been consumed with service to the Lord and my family. Our children
are grown, and Bavaria and I have dedicated the time that I am not singing
with the Inspirations to evangelism. Christ has been the one who has brought
all things together, and has kept us with His abundant grace and mercy. The
calling He placed upon my life is still very real. It is the reason for the
things we do every day."
To inquire about Bro. Mike
coming to your church to speak, the Holcombs may be reached at
HOLCOMBS, P O Box 2355,
Bryson City, NC 28713
Seems like only yesterday that we first met Mike Holcomb; but as some of our
friends at the Singing In The Smokies Labor Day Festival pointed out, that
day was over forty years ago. Marlin Shubert, our bass singer at the time,
had just told us that he was going to return home to his true love, Susan,
and they were going to marry. We understood his reason, but that left us
with waiting on God for another young Christian man who would be able to
fill his shoes.
In those days, long before we ever dreamed of Inspiration Park, or holding our own outdoor
sings in the Smokies, we were booked to sing in Cumming, Georgia, at an outdoor, ball-field
sing on Labor Day.
"Big" Mike Holcomb
- 6'4" 94 - Celebrates 40 Years
with The Inspirations
Shortly after we got the sound system set up, the heaven's opened, the rains came, and the
sing was moved indoors.
We believe that this was God's hand at work to make sure we heard Mike's group,
Deliverance, that afternoon. What we heard were some of the lowest notes we had ever heard
from a young man. What we saw was a tall, skinny kid who couldn't stand still when he was
We decided to approach Mike about joining the group. Thankfully, he did, and
he's been a true inspiration to everyone.
Mike, Congratulations on your 36+ years with The Inspirations and for
being honored so many times as the nation's
FAVORITE BASS SINGER
by the Singing News Fan Awards.
family, fans and fellow Inspirations know you've earned and rightfully deserve these
Ron's Note: Although I rarely place special
emphasis on any commendations our members receive,
we thought the following email about
Mike, as God's minister, should be shared.
Bro. Case summed up the man and the ministry I personally know so very well.
Subj: Evangelist -Mike Holcomb
From: Rev. Ronald B Case
We recently had
Mike Holcomb at our church for a three night revival. I will have to say that it has been
years since I have witnessed the power of God any more real as it was those three nights!
Bro. Mike had the power of God all over him!! The revival was awesome!!! We had fifteen
souls saved (including a preacher, and a deacon)!
For any pastor
looking for a "man of God" to preach a revival, I highly recommend Bro. Mike. As
a further note, you may have viewed Bro. Mikes television ministry and come to the
conclusion that Br. Mike is a "stationary, unemotional, preacher, but let me assure
you, Bro. Mike really comes alive in body, soul , and Spirit, when he gets in the pulpit!!
One other thing
that impressed me about Bro. Mike was the fact that he was so humble. He was not a
showboat nor did he act like a celebrity. He is genuine. He and his lovely wife were
indeed a blessing.
Should you have any questions, any pastor can contact me at 423.645.3858 or email me at
Sincerely, Rev. Ronald B. Case, Pastor: Grace Baptist Church, South