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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 brief 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 directions 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. Two albums, Hymns and Sovereign, were issued in 2014. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Track List: You Won't Let Go (Single)

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Ask me about it and notify us immediately by replying to this email and destroy the material in this email is intended solely those who have not received any of these are all set up the phone and email address is the only one of my resume and a half day sightseeing of the individual sender except where the sender immediately notify
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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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nancylistens
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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Amazing singer!!:)
Love his song Sky Spills over and Kentucky Rose. Both beautiful songs!
But just so u know... on Kentucky rose, it is kind of a sad song! But oh so gorgeous!!!: )
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Type in chem trails and filter out the idiots.
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Wake up Christians,l o o k up.chem trails are sprayed in high christian areas.
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God
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God is Great.
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God is awesome
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I'm really impressed with this song-- kinda takes me back to some happier times!
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SO WONDERFUL GOD BLESS US ALL
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ginger_acost a
This whole album is amazing. I love this song and the African Children's Choir. Moves me every time.
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MWS Song is what I need to usher me in the presence of GOD.... SUCH worship makes you a worshiper addict.... love it
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erickapearso n 1
Beautiful!
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My fav from MWS. Healing Rain is an amazing song!
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His music is an inspiration to many souls.
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This Dude Can Sing .
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Listening to MWS, or Smitty, as he is affectionate l y known, is always a fantastic treat! I most love his Christian Music. I love chilling out listening to his CD's.
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rogerparrish k c
Michael has become such an asset to the contemporary Christian community! He is a natural praise and worship leader, a growing example of how the Spirit of God can work through those who praise Him. A long. Way from Rocketown.
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Jesus is awesome!!! I love you Jesus...... I pray that anyone who has not found you yet will find you before its too late. I pray that you will lead them to you lord. I pray that those who struggle will look to you Jesus during their hardships. I pray that you will guide all sinners to you Jesus. Teach them the word and show them the light. Open there eyes so that they'll see you're true and love each and everyone of us. In Jesus's name we pray....amen
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BEAUTIFUL songs WE sang it at so many events n gathering s
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mslene1110
Thank you JESUS CHRIST for that gifted voice that you giving Brother MWSmith to share with other. ������
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gpav35
FAITH HOPE LOVE
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izzogd
I love how his voice sounds with the choir, heavenly. He along with Don Moen are my favs!
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Love This Song . By Michael W. Smith . This Dude is A True Religious Artist
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Yes beautiful Song while meditating and driving. Is is just so filling for the soul!
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I love this song ☺
Makes me cry every time I listen to it.
Beautiful song.��
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Beautiful voice thank you God
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Sorry guys, the devil is such a lier! I posted more but it didn't show up. Look at my page tomorrow and i will show you the rest
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See if only the people knew that the battle has aready been won and that even though persecutions may come we must lift everything up to God. When we live our life through him there shall not be anymore suffering. He loves us and he doesn't like it when we suffer but he has to test our faith in him. He works in mysterious ways and even if he doesn't answer your prayers right away he definitely listens to you.

God says to us in the NIV bible version that "For God so loved the world that he gav
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sochood11
Just awesome!
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I thank you lord for giving me a second chance to live.
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I love this kind of music god bless u
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Thank you Jesus for another day given to me. Never take life for granted.
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therapeutic on every level and them some!
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This song so beautifully made I hade to listen to about 3x times its so much meaning to it #I love jesus
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clubumad
So amazing song thank you My LORD for blessing us all the time.
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SO GOOD....
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tstamey1952
Touches my heart! Beautiful!
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This is So So Beautiful God Bless
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I love you god your the most wonderful god in the world thanks for taking care of us and loving us plus don't love criminals god and stealers murders killers and......... . . . . . . . What was a talking about again
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THANK YOU PANDORA FOR BRINGING BACK ARTIST INFO!!!!!!!
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halal5
I really like this song
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Rich Mullins wrote this powerful worship song - watch the movie Ragamuffin to learn more about Mullins life - WOW
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untideshoela c e s
I love this song and the power of Christ it brings with it! Great worship song.
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As Essence / Presence is tapped into (Being), it's progressivel y integrated, unified, creatively synthesized, in order to evolve in our levels of development of being / consciousnes s from unhealthy through “average or normal” – which often is simply a 'pathology of normalcy' – till optimal healthy, full-functio n i n g humanness is finally, consummately attained - transpersona l l y - to live out our fullest & deepest Self (slipping into the Now, again & again, into the consciousnes s of Presence).
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dghyson1954
Michael's write up needs to be updated.
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hann_paig
M mm yeah
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