*Sometimes all an independent artist needs to go from “good” to “great” is sufficient backing. For Interface recording artist Micah Stampley that blessing came in the form of a partnership with Music World, headed up by Matthew Knowles. This relationship has truly “released” Stampley’s already respectable career to soar to greater heights.

He has already adjusted to the transition, spending time at work and play with Knowles. Lightheartedly 6 foot tall, Stampley says he’s had to show Knowles, who stands at 6 ft. 4, who is the boss on the b-ball court.

Stampley says there’s a funny side to the music mogul and “he thinks he’s a phenomenal basketball player, but I had to show him.”

Contrary to gospel blogger speculation, Stampley says Knowles is not trying to convert him into an R&B artist and in fact, had him turn down an offer to do a cameo on an album of wedding songs.

“Release Me” dropped in November is a re-issue of Stampley’s most popular work and a prelude to his anticipated Spring 2011 project. As a bonus, “Release Me” offers his first recording of a holiday classic, a jazzy version of “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

Stampley joins me in an interview to talk about his new relationship with Beyonce’s dad, “Release Me” and being relieved of struggles as an independent artist. Listen: