James McMickin | The Grass Is Greener On My Side

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The Grass Is Greener On My Side

by James McMickin

Crisp Southern/Country Gospel with a feel.
Genre: Spiritual: Southern Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shape Up And Get Ready To Ship Out
2:26 album only
2. The Angel You Entertained Unaware
3:32 album only
3. The Grass Is Greener On My Side
2:30 album only
4. Like An Ant On The Footstool
4:47 album only
5. Who Am I
4:26 album only
6. In The Upper Room
3:40 album only
7. It's Nine O'clock Somewhere
2:23 album only
8. Where The Roses Never Fade
4:14 album only
9. The Elevator Song
2:28 album only
10. You'll See It When You Believe It
3:01 album only


Album Notes
James McMickin has hailed from Jasper, AL since 1977. He was born March 27, 1966 in Russellville, AL, the county seat of Franklin County. Incidentally, this is the same Franklin County alluded to in the song “The Baptism Of Jesse Taylor”. Speaking of baptism, James was saved at the tender age of seven, and baptized in a catfish pond just about a quarter-mile south of his home-church, Philadelphia Deliverance Tabernacle, by his pastor, Rev. John W. Autry.

James has known of his calling to preach and sing since he can remember. He started singing in churches and nursing homes at age two, and he preached his first sermon on March 26, 1978, just before turning twelve years old, at Memorial Park Church of God in Jasper. Rev. Margaret McCluskey Sims founded the church, and still pastored there at that time. Today she remains a cherished friend at the inspiring and active age of ninety.

God gave James his first song on January 30, 1986, and the last song written for this project was his 101st. This is the eleventh album, the first being recorded on March 30-31, 1987. This is the first project in several years on which James sings some songs he did not write, such as the Rusty Goodman classic, “Who Am I”.

James launched into full-time evangelism on January 1, 1989. He has preached and sang in 35 states, 3 Canadian provinces, Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica, and Sri Lanka.


Hi! This is James McMickin. I won’t say “James McMickin here”. That’s one of my biggest bugbears, since “here” is totally irrelevant, especially in cyberspace. Nonetheless, for those of you who have the misfortune of reading this after the Church has been raptured out of here, then “here” becomes totally relevant, as it means “the portals of Glory”. For that reason, my earnest prayer is that everyone who is not a born-again, saved-by-the-Blood of Jesus child of God thinks of “The Elevator Song” every time they get in an elevator. And of course, I pray that every Christian who hears this song is reminded of the Blessed Hope with every elevator ride.

Here’s the story behind “The Elevator Song”. I was taking my sister, Norma McMickin, to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL. As we entered an elevator on the ground floor, another lady squeezed in just like some folks get to Heaven—just in time. I asked her, “Are you going up?” Now remember, I said this was ground floor. So I stated the obvious, “Well, that was a stupid question, wasn’t it?” But the thought gnawed on my mind the rest of the day, “Are you going up, or are you going down?” By that night I had written “The Elevator Song”.

Recently when Mother was in the hospital at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, I was once again entering the elevator on ground floor when, this time, a lady asked me, “Are you going up?” “Oh, by the way, Ma’am, I just wrote a song…”

Now to another sister—another song. I was in revival in frigid, snowy Macomb, IL in mid-January when my sister, Sharon Whitman called me to share a song idea. She was at that time the pianist at Duncan Creek Baptist Church just north of Russellville in Franklin County. The adult Sunday School teacher, Bro. Joe Holley, had stood near the back of the church one Sunday during a time of fellowship across the aisle to observe who participated, and who didn’t. Sharon caught on to what he was doing, and began to reflect on this. What if God assigns an angel to every church to gauge the members’ reactions to visitors. Hebrews 13:2 says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Sharon got the song title, “The Angel You Entertained Unaware”, and the first half of the chorus stanza, “I’m the angel from Heaven you entertained unaware. I came to pay your church a visit to see if anyone would care.” At that point she seemed to hit a brick wall, as it were, but she felt led of the Lord to call me and share this. I took this to prayer, and the Lord gave me the rest of the chorus and the two verses, along with the tune, on January 18, our Mother’s birthday. This is my 100th song, and the very first one to be co-written. And oddly enough, Norma is becoming known as “the elevator sister”, and Sharon as “the angel sister”. Since I’m the youngest of nine, with two more living sisters and three brothers, I need five more “handles” for them!

Anyway, I hope this song causes you to want to treat everybody like angels. This song is my current radio single on Capitol Music Café Volume 74, cut #14, so be sure to request it at your local Southern Gospel station.

“Like An Ant On The Footstool” came about when a lady in my home church, Sis. Candy Head, was testifying before singing a special song. She used the analogy to describe how great and mighty God is, and how small and minute we are in comparison. Her testimony instantly birthed this song in my spirit, and I was already getting the chorus even before she started singing her song.

Another song that was birthed in Philadelphia Deliverance Tabernacle is “It’s Nine O’clock Somewhere”. One Sunday night when I wasn’t on the road, we had a competent, young, twenty-year-old minister, Matt Handley, as a guest speaker. I had first seen him when he was a couple of months old (a big whopper of a new-born), and it was a thrill to see that he had made a whopper of a preacher (by whopper, I mean powerful—not a big lie). Bro. Matt, in preaching of the power of Pentecost, used the expression “It’s nine o’clock somewhere” as an allusion to the song “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”, but also as an allusion to the “new wine” that was poured out at 9:00am on the Day Of Pentecost. Apostle Peter said in Acts 2:15,16, “For these are not drunken, as ye suppose seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.” The third hour of the day is 9:00am. Now, I had never heard “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere, and still haven’t, but I didn’t have to, because the Lord gave me an original tune along with the original content. The message is, “Somebody’s receiving the Holy Ghost somewhere!”

That just reminded me of something most humorous I must share with you. Someone brought up the web page of my last CD, “Faith That Pays Off”, by googling “ghosts of Jasper, AL”, because the first paragraph references my hometown, and the last paragraph references the Holy Ghost. The search engine paired these two together. And guess what? The same search produced another amazing result—an announcement about my buddy Rev. Bill Clark and his wife Denise, known as “The Clarks” (also of Jasper), being in revival in Salem, IN. Surprise!!! This project was recorded at Bro. Bill’s studio, Ark Productions. Bro. Bill co-produces (along with yours truly), engineers, makes all the music, sings back-up vocal along with Sis. Denise, and even does a special favor in “The Elevator Song”. So you sure want to hear this entire song—not just the sound clip!

The Clark’s son, Shane Clark (Sh-ARK Productions) did a terrific job mastering this project. He must have a really good ear! You may have heard him sing with a new group called Next Chapter.

Finally, I must admit that Lassie, pictured with me on the cover, is Norma’s dog, though I’m sure Lassie claims me for her buddy. But if you buy this CD or MP3 solely because of Lassie’s lovely presence on the cover, please, oh please don’t tell her, because she will then demand a sharp increase in the number of treats given as her compensation, and believe me, she is spoiled rotten already!

To book me for revivals, camp-meetings, concerts, etc., you may contact me at:

Evangelist James McMickin
112 Crescent Circle
Jasper, AL 35503

Home phone/fax: (205) 221-6617
Cell phone (205) 522-3335

e-mail: mcmickin3@bellsouth.net



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It is nice to listen to this wonderful CD!!! Thank you for sharing!

Karla Bower

The Grass Is Greener On My Side
These are wonderful, uplifting "sermons in song" with a catchy tune that minister to people in their situation. They fill me with the joy of the Lord!