A native of Arkansas, Michael Sharp (b. 1956) has served on music faculties at Brewton-Parker College and the Venezuela Baptist Theological Seminary and currently is a member of the music faculty of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the founder and director of the Providence Players, a multi-keyboard performing ensemble. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Ouachita Baptist University, the Master of Church Music degree in piano performance from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Louisiana State University. During his studies with Maurice Hinson, he earned the Performer's Certificate in Piano Performance. Sharp has served as Minister of Music in various churches in Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana and served in Venezuela as a music missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. As a composer and arranger, he has written and arranged a number of choral and instrumental pieces for use in worship settings, many of which blend old hymn tunes with contemporary material.