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Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith became one of the most enduringly popular artists in the contemporary Christian music market while also finding success as a mainstream artist. The songwriter was born in Kenova, West Virginia, the son of an oil refinery worker and a caterer. He became a devout Christian at age ten and spent his teenage years around a support group of fellow believers who frequently gathered to create music. That support group split up after high school, and Smith turned to alcohol, drugs, and wild times. Meanwhile, he scraped through a couple semesters of college and began honing his songwriting skills, which led to a songwriting company's interest in his music in 1978. He moved to Nashville, where he played with a series of local bands, including Rose. He was still heavily into drugs and continued using until October 1979, when he suffered an emotional mental breakdown that culminated in his recommitment to Christ. The next day, he auditioned for a new CCM group, Higher Ground, as a keyboardist. Smith landed the gig and began to clean up his act while touring with the band.

Smith signed to Meadowgreen Music as a staff writer in 1981, and he spent the next few years penning gospel hits for such artists as Sandi Patti, Kathy Troccoli, Bill Gaither, and Amy Grant. He began touring as a keyboardist with Grant in 1982; one year later, he released his first solo album, The Michael W. Smith Project, and became her opening act. Smith's debut album garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance, and he became a headliner following the release of his second effort, the appropriately titled Michael W. Smith 2. Afterwards, he changed musical direction and began recording more rock-oriented music in order to reach a younger audience. As a result, some of his new secular material began breaking through to mainstream audiences.

Smith's label, Reunion Records, allowed Geffen Records to distribute his albums in 1991, providing the singer with a new chance to tap into the mainstream market. The label chose a two-pronged promo campaign with ads designed to appeal to both CCM and mainstream pop audiences. "Place in This World," a power ballad from the album Go West Young Man, effectively bridged the gap between Smith's Christian roots and mainstream aspirations, reaching the Top Ten on the pop singles charts and pushing the accompanying album to platinum status. This caused some controversy among his more religious fans, who feared that Smith was selling out to the more lucrative secular market, but Smith saw things differently, claiming that he was only trying to get his message out to a wider audience. As his career progressed, Smith won both Dove and Grammy awards, sent additional albums to gold and/or platinum status, and was hailed by Keyboard Magazine as one of the top keyboardists in rock.

Smith continued his musical reign into the new millennium, having sold more than seven million records and notched 25 chart-topping Christian hits during the earlier phase of his career. Recorded in Ireland and released in 2000, Freedom featured backing from the Irish Film Orchestra Limited and contained Smith's personal songs composed with classic piano arrangements. A pair of live albums, Worship and Worship Again, followed, and 2004 saw the release of Healing Rain, Smith's first recording of new studio material since the turn of the millennium. Stand arrived in November of 2006, followed by a holiday album, It's a Wonderful Christmas, in the fall of 2007. Smith's third live worship album, A New Hallelujah, recorded at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was released in 2008, with another studio effort, Wonder, arriving two years later in 2010. The latter two both hit the Top 30 of the Billboard 200. The next year brought Glory, and he issued three albums in 2014: Hymns, Sovereign, and The Spirit of Christmas. Sovereign became his highest-charting album yet outside of the genre charts, hitting number ten. In 2015, he had a supporting role in the film 90 Minutes of Heaven, based on the book by Don Piper. He and his son Tyler Smith also wrote the music for the film. The Cracker Barrel release Hymns II: Shine on Us appeared early in 2016. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sovereign (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. You Won't Let Go

2. Heaven Come Down

3. Miracle

4. Sky Spills Over

5. All Arise

6. You Are The Fire

7. Christ Be All Around Me

8. Sovereign Over Us

9. Hide Myself

10. The Same Power

11. I Lay Me Down

12. The One That Really Matters

13. You Are The Fire (Live)

14. All Arise (Live)

15. I Lay Me Down (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: Decades Of Worship

1. Awesome God (Live)

2. Mighty To Save

3. Agnus Dei

4. You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace)

5. Breathe

6. A New Hallelujah

7. Above All

8. I See You

9. Here I Am To Worship

10. Healing Rain

11. Take Me Over

12. Great Is The Lord (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Glory

1. Glory Overture

2. Patriot

3. Heroes

4. Forever

5. The Blessing

6. Whitaker's Wonder

7. Joy Follows Suffering

8. Glory Battle

9. Atonement

10. Redemption

11. The Romance

12. The Tribute/Agnus Dei

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Track List: Wonder

1. Save Me From Myself

2. Take My Breath Away

3. Run To You

4. I'll Wait For You

5. Forever Yours

6. Welcome Home

7. Wonder (Not Far Away)

8. Rise

9. You Belong To Me

10. Leave

11. One More Time

12. Take Me Over

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Track List: A New Hallelujah

2. Prepare Ye The Way

3. A New Hallelujah

5. Mighty To Save

6. Shout Unto God

8. Deep In Love With You

10. Majesty

11. I Surrender All

12. Grace

14. Help Is On The Way

15. The River Is Rising

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Track List: Healing Rain

1. Here I Am

2. Healing Rain

3. Live Forever

4. Hang On

5. Fly To The Moon

6. Human Spark

7. We Can't Wait Any Longer

8. I Am Love

9. Bridge Over Troubled Water

10. Eagles Fly

11. All I Want

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Track List: The Second Decade (1993-2003)

1. Signs

2. Missing Person

3. Cry For Love

4. This Is Your Time

5. Live The Life

6. Never Been Unloved

7. Love Me Good

8. Breakdown (RrrrB Remix)

9. Straight To The Heart

10. I'll Lead You Home

11. Above All (Live)

12. You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace)

13. Friends 2003

14. Freedom

15. Raging Sea

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Track List: Worship (Live)

1. Forever (Live)

2. The Heart Of Worship (Live)

3. Draw Me Close (Live)

4. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Live)

5. Open The Eyes Of My Heart (Live)

6. Above All (Live)

7. Breathe (Live)

8. Let It Rain (Live)

9. Agnus Dei (Live)

10. Awesome God (Live)

11. More Love, More Power (Live)

12. Purified (Live)

13. Above All (Studio Version) (Live)

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Track List: Freedom

1. Freedom

2. The Offering

3. Carol Ann

4. The Giving

5. Hibernia

6. Letter To Sarah

7. Freedom Battle

8. Cry Of The Heart

9. Prayer For Taylor

10. The Call

11. Thy Word

12. Free Man

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Track List: The First Decade 1983 - 1993

1. Do You Dream Of Me

2. Kentucky Rose

3. Picture Perfect

4. I Will Be Here For You

5. Give It Away

6. Place In This World

7. Go West Young Man

8. Pray For Me

9. Secret Ambition

10. Emily

11. Old Enough To Know

12. Rocketown

13. I Am Sure

14. Friends

15. Great Is The Lord

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Track List: You Won't Let Go (Single)

1. You Won't Let Go

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rosaicasey
Kristi.19677 ,I'm sorry for your loss. What a great way for you to remember her by listening to this beautiful music. It would give my heart such peace.
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My sister just passed away unexpectedly 12 days ago. The very last thing said at her funeral was his song, "Welcome Home". Casie absolutely loved anything Michael W. Smith sang, so listening to him makes me feel closer to her.
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Gives me strength like nothing else can!
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Never gets old so refreshing
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I feel the soothing music, I love the worship. I feel so alone, lost and pray God will show me His miracle.
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johnetta.ras b e r r y
Here I Am To Worship
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Zone the 70 the 8
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It is soft music but it is short
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Much
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way5
love his music and his message , I was introduced to his music back in '84 and have always loved it ....
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! Love it
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What are the words to this song
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What an amazing artist !!!!
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carol5430
why carol ann?
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I love being a Christin
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I was blessed enough to see Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant together in concert in September 2014. Awesome anointed concert. So power-full and to witness children from the age of 2 to 11 worshipping our Lord and Savior Jesus was truly a blessing. Praise God! Hallelujah!
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He will be forever mine❤️ you are forever mine My chains are gone I've been set free... Unending love His mercy reigns ! How much better could it get!!!
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Hello Everyone My name is Big Brother MattB.
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Amen I❤ This Song Amen ❤✌❤❤
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So beautiful.!! !
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praisinghim4
Avery talented musician, singer and songwriter and a fantastic worship leader!
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hi
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bettyguthrie
Great music never gets old, it just keeps getting better! Saw Michael at AdvoCare, AdvoNation, in Fort Worth Texas, he lead us in an hour long worship service!!! Best Ever!!
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We love to see him in puerto rico to wordship God
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wlpameyer4
Interesting to read the biography I am one of his greatest fans and I am a Christian believes in reaching out. Well done Michael!
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Great
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Wonderful
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God bless good doers
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They are forgiven, then some continue will malicious intent .... Then, their judgement list grows, for they will be told, you've had many of chances , yet, you continued in malicious activity ...
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Now I know, not all deserve forgiveness ...
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Amazing grace is a good song Michel w.smith
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When I was living by myself back in Dagoreti Kenya,20 years ago Micheal W Smith worship inspiration activated,ju m p started my passion for God.i woke up daily in Nairobi city lifted.bless e d now blessing others spiritually. Leon AKim Columbia Maryland.443 7 2 2 0 1 6 2
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mutchersonca r o l y n
Just saw a comment that my comments were inappropriat e , that was not my intention. I was just trying to express my gratitude to God for creating the gifts in Michael W. Smith and for him to be obedient in sharing those gifts with the world.
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mutchersonca r o l y n
I didn't know Michael's music until I saw the movie Second Chance, then I began to listen and I love the music the Lord has given him. I didn't know of his struggles in his earlier life, but I thank God he has turned his life around and is playing/writ i n g such beautiful music to uplift us and for God's glory.
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There is so much we must become aware of to improve the quality of our lives which is all in our grasp if we can but respond, expanding and deepening our awareness and consciousnes s , going beyond all limits, fusing with the cosmos in the attainment of genuine peace - goodwill - and creative harmony, knowing no bounds, toward a safer - happier - more prosperous and peaceful world, the sine qua non...
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jayden.clark 3
Just went to his consort! Loved it!!!
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ussringness
Michael is an awesome performer and man of faith. We are very blessed to have him among us.
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GOD is faithful n awesome forever.
Never lose ur faith in Jesus Christ.
Repent with a humbled HEART AND He will
Listen to ur prayer!
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I love this song thank you God��������❤
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This song was the theme song at the cli ( Christians leadership institute) in Los Angeles in 1994. I was 17 and didn't know god. This was a turning point in my life
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mwsc09
Wow this song is awesome! It always brings me closer to the Lord .
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izzogd
This is FAVORITE song! Because of Pandora I discovered YOU! The last few years of my life have been difficult for so reasons...th i s song makes me happy. You're a cutie too! ;)
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I love you to God's
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johnhedge
God is so good to us
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In some ways, what he (Michael) did... My brother in law has been through the same ways. When I listend to his testimony, I almost cried because him an my brother in law almost went through the same things... Drugs. Now, he didn't take what Michael did, but all I know is... I'm thankful for my brother in law. He could have died with how many pills he was taking. But God saved him and delivered him from that.

Michael W. Smith, ur testimony was touching. All I can say is... God had a plan for u.
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ana.ortega26
What a beautiful song !!!!!!
God bless you ..... Continue glorifying His Name with your voice
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Shalom, it's all about HIM YESHUA!!!!!! ! ! ! ? ! !
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Michael, ask God to give you a SONG that describes the Sad state of our World and ask God to Deliver US from EVIL ~ Nancy Piñeiro (Puerto Rican from BROOKLYN now living in Missouri). Lord continue to Bless You!
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Viking08jga, beautiful prayer!!! Thank you sooo much. Its how I feel and it's awesome to see others in the same path. Blessings sent your way. ��
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