Knowledge Identifier: +Michael_W._Smith
Born in 1957.
Countries: United States (59%), Tennessee (13%), Canada (4%)
Linked to: Columbine High School massacre, Marshall University, Republican Party, Case Foundation
In 1978, Smith moved to Nashville, Tennessee , taking a job as a landscaper to support himself
Steve Camp - Along with other popular contemporary Christian artists of the 1980s, including Mylon LeFevre, DeGarmo & Key, Scott Wesley Brown, Michael Card, Connie Scott, David Meece, Don Francisco, Larnelle Harris, John Michael Talbot, Russ Taff, Phil Driscoll, Randy Stonehill, Steve Green, Rich Mullins, Benny Hester, Amy Grant, Andrae Crouch, Michael W. Smith, Wayne_Watson, Dallas Holm, Kathy Troccoli, Geoff Moore, Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, Rick Cua, Sheila Walsh, Harvest, Larry Norman, Petra, White Heart, Phil Keaggy and Sandi Patty,
In 1981, Smith was signed as a writer to Meadowgreen Music, where he wrote a number of gospel hits penned for artists such as Sandi Patty, Kathy Troccoli, Bill Gaither and Amy Grant, to the effect that some of these popular worship songs can now be found in church hymnals
His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when "Place in this World" hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100
Also in 1998, Smith released his second Christmas effort, "Christmastime"
Also in 1999, Smith collaborated with Jim Brickman on "Love of My Life", a song for Brickman's album "Destiny"
Ginny Owens - She concentrated in singing and songwriting and began making CDs, and has been producing them since 1999 with Rocketown Records, a label under Michael W. Smith
Paul Baloche - He was nominated for Song of the Year in both the 2002 and 2003 Dove Awards, and in 2002, Michael W. Smith's recording of that song won Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
Smith is the founding pastor of New River Fellowship in Franklin, Tennessee, where he was the lead pastor from 2006 to 2008
In October 2007, he released "It's a Wonderful Christmas"
Geoff Moore - Moore's latest solo project "Speak To Me", released on April 3, 2007 on Michael W. Smith's Rocketown Records label
Paul Baloche - In 2009, Baloche won a Dove Award for Inspiration Recorded Song of the Year as co-author of "A New Hallelujah" with Michael W. Smith and his wife Debbie Smith
However, a Utah resident Todd Ouzts filed a complaint on July 16, 2012 saying that a concert show that is "conflated with prayer and worship" should remain in church or private property, not "public's backyard
In 2014, Smith released three albums, "Hymns", "Sovereign", and "The Spirit of Christmas"