The most famous and successful boxing promoter of all time has laid the seeds of a management dynasty through his daughter’s Deb-B King Management company that features soul crooner Micah “The Voice” Lee.
Deborah King, CEO for Deb-B-King Management, has created a talent management consultancy in Wellington, Fla., that offers comprehensive management services to music artists and entertainers throughout the region.
One of her featured acts is Lee, who won the South Florida Gospel Music Awards in 2011. Lee comes with an electic blend of jazz, neo soul, R&B and gospel. His highly praised mixtape Renditions Reloaded has racked up more than 10,000 downloads.
Lee got a late start, not beginning to sing until he was 13 years old when his grandmother put him on the spot in church and asked him to sing one Sunday morning. It was a most inauspicious start. In fact, it was humiliating, Lee admits.
“I want to tell you it was a great thing but it was pretty bad,” Micah says. “I have one of those grandmothers that doesn’t like to be embarrassed. And I swore I would never let that happen again.”
As inspirational speaker Tony Robbins once said, success is born from either inspiration or desperation. For Lee, it might have been a little bit of both – he was inspired from his ear drum-busting beginning to become a competent singer and he was desperate not to let his grandmother down again.
We can say that mission was accomplished, and then some. But it took another life-turning event to set the Boynton Beach, Fla.-born, Fort Lauderdale-raised athletic standout on the course that he now thrives in.
During the Labor Day weekend several years back, Lee was almost killed in a car accident. He was driving home to Fort Lauderdale from school when his SUV hydroplaned off the road in the pouring rain and landed in a canal. The water began to rise rapidly until his nose became quickly and completely submerged. He could no longer breathe.
“Some kind of way, I kicked my way out of the window and swam out,” Micah thinks back. “But my legs were turned backwards.”
When Micah made it out of the intensive care unit two months later, he was told that his legs would have to be amputated and he would never walk again.
“But God didn’t see it being that way,” he said with divine resolution of spirit.
After a year in a wheelchair, Lee recovered completely, astonishing medical practitioners.
“It was all for a purpose. It led me to understand the healing wasn’t my own,” says Micah. “It helped me to realize that now is that time to push forward and do what I need to do.”
And Lee did it. He transitioned into print modeling and acted in several musicals and stage plays, including Soul of a Black Woman and Bad Girls of the Bible last year. At the heart of it all, however, is his music and that silky smooth voice. Lee knows the purpose behind his powerful and uplifting tool.
“Music has power in it,” Micah contends. “And we as musicians have a responsibility to bring positivity to the music. I state problems. I state issues. And I state a way out of it for everybody. In my music, I encourage people to have faith.”