Kathy Troccoli
(Civil society)
Geoff Moore
Paul Baloche
(Movies & TV)
Larnelle Harris

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Michael W. Smith

Knowledge Identifier: +Michael_W._Smith


Michael W. Smith

American contemporary Christian musician, who has charted primarily in the contemporary Christian and occasionally in the mainstream charts add

Category: Music

Born in 1957.

Countries: United States (59%), Tennessee (13%), Canada (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Tennessee, Kathy Troccoli, Christmas

Linked to: Columbine High School massacre, Marshall University, Republican Party, Case Foundation




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Michael W. Smith was born in 1957 add something


In 1978, Smith moved to Nashville, Tennessee , taking a job as a landscaper to support himself add something


In November 1979, Smith suffered a breakdown that led to his recommitment to Jesus Christ add something


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,


Guy Penrod - Starting in the 1980s, he worked as a studio singer, backing up voices such as Carman, Steve Green, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Garth_Brooks, James Ingram, and Phillips, Craig & Dean


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 add something


He would eventually become Grant's opening act and recorded his first Grammy-nominated solo album "The Michael W. Smith Project" in 1983 on the Reunion Records label, a label started by Grant's brother-in-law, Dan Harrell, along with Michael Blanton add something


By the time Smith's second pop album "Michael W. Smith 2" was released in 1984, he was headlining his own tours add something


In 1986, Smith released "The Big Picture", produced by John Potoker add something


After the release of his 1988 effort, "i 2 ", Smith once again teamed up with Grant for her "Lead Me On World Tour" add something


In 1990, Smith released "Go West Young Man", his first mainstream effort, which included the mainstream crossover hit single "Place in This World" add something


His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when "Place in this World" hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 add something


Alderson-Broaddus College awarded Smith the degree Doctor of Music honoris causa in 1992 add something


In 1994, Smith opened a teen club, named Rocketown, in Nashville, Tennessee , Tennessee add something


In 1995, Smith released his eighth album "I'll Lead You Home", followed by "Live the Life" in 1998 add something


The first artist signed was Chris Rice, who had written "Go Light Your World", a No. 1 hit song by Kathy Troccoli, in 1995 add something


Smith opened his own record label, Rocketown Records, in 1996 add something


Also in 1998, Smith released his second Christmas effort, "Christmastime" add something


Also in 1999, Smith collaborated with Jim Brickman on "Love of My Life", a song for Brickman's album "Destiny" add something


In 1999, Smith released "This Is Your Time", a song about Cassie Bernall, one of the students killed during the Columbine massacre add something


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


Nearly all of Smith's albums contain at least one instrumental track, and in 2000, Smith recorded his first all instrumental album, "Freedom" add something


Smith wrote a song entitled "There She Stands", inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks add something


A "Worship" DVD, which comprised a selection of songs from both albums, was recorded live in Edmonton, Alberta at YC Alberta and released in 2002 add something


This album was followed by a sequel, "Worship Again" in 2002, recorded live at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. Both albums were recorded live in concert add something


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 won the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the GMA Music awards in 2003 add something


Smith's album, "Healing Rain", was released in 2004 and debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart add something


Jordin Sparks - Sparks appeared with Alice Cooper in his 2004 Christmas show and toured with Christian contemporary singer Michael W. Smith in 2006


Smith is the founding pastor of New River Fellowship in Franklin, Tennessee, where he was the lead pastor from 2006 to 2008 add something


Smith finished work on a film directed by Steve Taylor entitled "The Second Chance" which was released on February 17, 2006 in selected theatres add something


The DVD of the movie was released in July 2006 add something


A new album, "Stand", was released in November 2006 add something


In October 2007, he released "It's a Wonderful Christmas" add something


Geoff Moore - Moore's latest solo project "Speak To Me", released on April 3, 2007 on Michael W. Smith's Rocketown Records label


On June 20, 2008, Smith recorded his third live Worship album at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, titled "A New Hallelujah" add something


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


Smith's second instrumental album, "Glory", was released on November 22, 2011 add something


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 add something


The city council initially decided at a meeting on July 17, 2012 that they were going to cancel the concert because they didn't want to risk a lawsuit, but a day later they decided to hold the show as planned after all add something


Smith was scheduled to perform at the Draper Amphitheater of Draper, Utah, on July 24, 2012 add something


In 2014, Smith released three albums, "Hymns", "Sovereign", and "The Spirit of Christmas" add something


"Hymns" is Smith's first effort at doing his own rendition of traditional hymns, and it was released exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on March 24, 2014 add something


It was the best-selling Christian music album for the week of April 19, 2014, and won 2014 Dove award for "Inspirational Album of the Year" add something


"Sovereign", released on May 13, 2014, is his first studio worship album and his first album released through Capitol Records, and debuted at No. 10 on the "Billboard" 200, making it the highest charting album in his career as of 2014 add something


Released on September 30, 2014, it features duets with Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Bono, Amy Grant, and Michael McDonald add something


The album marks Smith's third new album in 2014 to enter the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 50 as of November 2014 add something


In 2015, Smith starred in the movie adaptation of the best-selling book "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper add something


Smith's second hymns album, called "Hymns II - Shine On Us", was released on January 29, 2016 add something


Smith starred as James the disciple in "The Passion ", a live musical film that was aired on FOX on March 20, 2016 add something


On June 21, 2016, Smith released a new single titled "He Will Never End" which was originally released in March 2016 as a bonus track on "The Passion: New Orleans" add something


On June 27, 2016, he released the music video for the single which was filmed entirely in Israel in April 2016 add something


On August 11, 2017, Smith released a new single, "A Million Lights", which marks a departure from his previous sound add something


In December 2017, Smith announced that he will release another new album in February 2018 titled "Surrounded", which is a live worship album, his first in 10 years add something


Smith didn't record under the label himself until 2018 add something


It is the lead single and title track from his upcoming new album to be released on February 16, 2018 add something


A week after, on February 23, 2018, Smith released another album called "Surrounded" which is his first live worship album in 10 years add something


In May 2018, Smith launched a new children book series, "Nurturing Steps", which he created with VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki add something


On August 30, 2018, Smith hosted a free event at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena called "Surrounded: A Night to Pray, Worship and Be Awakened" add something


On December 5, 2018, Smith sung "Friends" at the State Funeral of United States President George H. W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. add something


On February 22, 2019, Smith released "Awaken: The Surrounded Experience", a live worship album add something