Michael W. Smith
Michael Whitaker Smith ( born October 7, 1957 in Kenova, West Virginia) is an American singer and songwriter with a Christian orientation. He is married and the father of five children.
Since his first album Project ( 1983) Michael W. Smith is one of the most popular artists in the Contemporary Christian Music was (CCM ) and also found great popularity with the general public. Smith has sold more than seven million albums and got it up to 2003, ten gold records, three platinum records and two Grammy Awards.
In his youth, Smith was suffering from severe drug and alcohol addiction. During this time he was a member of several local bands, where he developed his ability to write songs. In October 1979, Smith broke down emotionally and mentally. Through this incision, Smith remembered his Christian faith of his childhood and overcame his addictions. Then he began to play keyboards for various bands in the CCM.
In 1981, Michael W. Smith song writer of Meadowgreen Music, where he wrote some very successful gospel hits for artists such as Sandi Patty, Kathy Troccoli, Bill Gaither and Amy Grant. The following year, Smith began as a keyboardist for Grant in the Age to Age tour to play. In 1983 he recorded his Grammy - nominated album Michael W. Smith Project.
In 1984, he released his second pop album and started their own tours. In 1986 he released his critically acclaimed album, The Big Picture, produced by Johnny Potoker, who worked with artists such as Brian Eno otherwise, Genesis, Madonna, No Doubt and the Talking Heads.
After the release of his album i 2 ( eye ) 1988 Smith accompanied again Amy Grant on her Lead Me On World Tour. Published in 1999 album This Is Your Time was inspired by the school massacre at Columbine High School.
His song There She Stands Smith wrote because of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 in the United States at the request of George W. Bush, with whom he had met at the White House. Michael W. Smith played the song at the Republican convention in 2004 in New York City.
Smith also wrote some books.
On February 17, 2006, his film The second chance appeared in the American cinema, in which he makes his debut as an actor and plays a major role.
To help young people, he has the project Rocketown, a kind of disco, combined with youth work, launched to reach children living in their lives in the streets without destination.
Just in time for his 50th birthday later in 2007 his third Christmas album "It's A Wonderful Christmas", which he had taken in the spring of the year at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
2008 appeared A New Hallelujah, a live recording of the same name Worship concert in Houston amongst others, African Children's Choir as a guest.
Michael W. Smith has performed so far in 2003 ( Wetzlar ), 2005 (Karlsruhe ), 2007 (Karlsruhe) and 2009 ( Lemgo ) in Germany.
- Project ( 1983)
- Michael W. Smith 2 (1984 )
- The Big Picture (1986 )
- The Live Set ( 1987)
- I 2 ( Eye ) ( 1988)
- Christmas (1989 )
- Go West Young Man ( 1990)
- Change Your World ( 1992)
- The First Decade: 1983-1993 (1993 )
- The Wonder Years ( 1993)
- I'll Lead You Home (1995 )
- Live The Life (1998)
- Christmas Time (1998)
- This Is Your Time (1999 )
- Freedom ( 2000)
- Worship (2001)
- Worship Again ( 2002)
- The Second Decade: 1993-2003 (2003)
- Healing Rain ( 2004)
- Booth (2006)
- It's A Wonderful Christmas (2007)
- A New Hallelujah (2008)
- Wonder ( 2010)
- Glory ( 2011)
- Hymns (2014)
Music Video (DVD)
- Worship (2002)
- Live in Concert - A 20 Year Celebration (2003)
- A New Hallelujah (2009)
Soundtrack ( CD)
- The Second Chance (2006)
Movie video (DVD)
- The Second Chance (2006)