Blanton got his start as an A&R rep at Word Records in 1977. Soon after he was hired he had the opportunity to open Word’s Nashville office, where one of his first tasks was developing a young, new artist named Amy Grant. Ever since then, Michael has been a fixture in the music industry, working on the production and management of artists such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, songwriter/producer Wayne Kirkpatrick, Rich Mullins, Kathy Trocolli, Ashley Cleveland, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, American Idol finalists Jordin Sparks and many others.
Blanton has managed over $70 million sales in numerous genres, multiple platinum/gold records, Grammys, Dove awards, network television specials, ﬁlm projects & book publishing.
Blanton has previously served and currently serves on several boards, including those for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), Nashville Institute of the Arts, Brentwood Academy, and the Nashville Adventure Science Center (formerly known as Cumberland Science Center). He is a member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Gospel Music Association, and the Country Music Association. He graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1974 with a degree in Mass Communications.