Paul Mickelson - Biography
Paul Mickelson
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Paul Mickelson
Paul Mickelson‘s first childhood dream came true when he served as organist for the Billy Graham Crusades from 1950-1957.

His second wish was granted when he was asked to arrange and conduct his first strings album for RCA Victor in 1955, The Music of Paul Mickelson: Sacred Songs with Singing Strings.

In 1957, he made a hard decision to leave the Billy Graham Crusade team to devote his energies to producing Christian music.

Paul Mickelson at Europafilms Studio in Stockholm.
Paul Mickelson at Europafilms Studio, Stockholm.

In 1958, he became vice-president and music director at Word Records, where he orchestrated albums in London for such artists as Bill Pearce & Dick Anthony and Ethel Waters, and produced several instrumental albums.

In 1961, he felt led to leave Word and founded Supreme Recordings, Inc. in Glendale, California.  There he produced and orchestrated albums for many artists including Helene Landrum, Joseph Belessi, Lee Robbins, the Lang Sisters, Pat Boone, Ben & Beth Allen, Tony Fontane, and Jim Bohi.

Paul Mickelson receives NEFF awards 
Paul Mickelson receives music awards for best albums from Harry Bristow, president of NEFF.

He also produced a series of beautiful orchestral albums under the name of the Supreme Strings.

In addition, he recorded several organ albums on the Console label.

In 1973, Supreme was sold to Christian book publisher and record company, Zondervan. Additional volumes of the Supreme Strings recordings were released on Zondervan's New Dawn label.

Paul Mickelson passed away suddenly on October 21, 2001. He was 73. His talents will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Barbara.

Information for this biography is based in part on a news article from Assist News Service.
Arranger /Conductor, Organist, Producer
The Supreme Strings, The Paul Mickelson Orchestra
Founded Supreme Productions, Glendale, CA 1961
VP, Word Records 1958- 1961
RCA Victor 1953 - 1958
Organist for the Billy Graham Crusades 1950 - 1957

Paul Mickelson conducting at Barking Town Hall
 Paul Mickelson recording at Barking Town Hall in London.


3 CDs, Sacred Strings, Vols 1, 2 & 3.
Arranged & Conducted by Paul Mickelson.
Available from
Church Service & Supply Co.

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