Contemporary Christina musician, Michael W. Smith first came to prominence in 1991 with his biggest hit Place in This World, which too the sixth spot on Billboard Hot 100. The artist has charted mostly in the contemporary Christian charts alongside occasionally appearing on those of the mainstream. Over the years, not only has he sold over fifteen million albums all over the world, of which fourteen were certified gold and five were certified platinum; he has also recorded as many as twenty-nine hit songs that charted to the number one spot. Smith’s extraordinary accomplishments also include three Grammy Awards, an American Music Award and forty Dove Awards among an overwhelming number of nominations. His most popular studio albums that went gold in the USA include The Michael Smith Project, i 2 (EYE), Christmas, Live the Live, Christmastime, This is Your Time, Freedom, and Healing Rain. The studio albums that earned the platinum, and sometimes the multi-platinum status, include Go West Young Man, Change Your World, and I’ll Lead You Home. Smith has also released many live, and compilation albums, collaborations and EPs, many of which were very well-received particularly his 2001 live album Worship, which went two-times platinum in the US and gold in Canada. The popularity of Michael W. Smith tickets has continued to soar high like none other from the genre.
In 1981, Michael W. Smith signed with Meadowgreen Music as writer, penning several gospel hits for artists like Amy Grant, Bill Gaither, Kath Troccoli, and Sandi Patty. His songs became so popular that some of them have now found their way in church hymnals. The next year, he started touring with Grant as a keyboardist for the Age to Age tour, eventually becoming her opening act and recording his solo album Michael W. Smith Project that brought him his first Grammy nomination. By 1984, when he was releasing his second album, he was touring as a headlining act. Following the release of I 2 (EYE), he teamed up with Grant yet again on her tour Lead Me On World, after which he recorded first ever Christmas album. In 1990, he released the studio offering Go West Young Man, which was his first mainstream piece and featured the crossover hit Place in This World that went up to the sixth place on Billboard Hot 100. Smith has since been recognized as a big pop rock, contemporary Christian artist.
Michael W. Smith’s hit singles include Save Me From My Self, Mighty to Save, Christmas Day, A New Hallelujah, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Healing Rain, Signs, Come to Cross, Above All, This Is Your Time, Missing Person, Love Me Good, Never Been Unloved, Jesus Is The Answer, Someday, Little Stronger Every Day, I’ll Be Your Friend, Cross My Heart, I’ll Be Here For You, Love Crusade, Live And Learn, Old Enough to Know, Voices, Hand of Providence, The Throne, I Hear Leesha, Place in This World, Rocketown, I Know, I Am Sure, Hosanna, Friends, Could He Be Messiah, and Great is the Lord, among others.
Michael W. Smith has received many Grammy nominations since 1983, receiving his most recent in 2006 in the category of Best Pop Christian Album for his offering Healing Rain. Grammies won by the maestro include the categories of Best Male Gospel Performance in 1984 for Michael W. Smith 2; Best Contemporary/Pop Gospel Album in 1995 for the studio offering I’ll Lead You Home; and Best Contemporary/Pop Gospel Album in 2002 for the live album, Worship Again. Among his long list of Dove Awards, Smith won most number of categories in 1999, 2002 and 2003, winning four categories in each of these years. He won his most recent Doves Awards in 2009 in the categories of Worship & Praise Album of Year and Recorded Inspirational Song of Year, both of which were won for the song and album of the same name, A New Hallelujah. The legendary artist is performing a series of live shows, so grab some Michael W. Smith tickets and be there to watch him in his live act.
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