Michael W. Smith

Musician and Songwriter

Michael Whitaker Smith is an American contemporary Christian musician. Smith also has achieved a considerable amount of success in the mainstream music industry. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has earned 40 Dove Awards. Over the course of his career, he sold more than 13 million albums and recorded 29 No. 1 Hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums.… Read More

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1957 Birth Born on October 7, 1957.


1978 - 1981 3 More Events
1983 25 Years Old He would eventually become Grant's opening act and recorded his first Grammy-nominated solo album The Michael W. Smith Project (which he also produced himself) in 1983 on the Reunion Records label. … Read More
1984 26 Years Old By the time Smith's second album Michael W. Smith 2 was released in 1984, he was headlining his own tours.
1986 28 Years Old In 1986, Smith released The Big Picture, produced by John Potoker.


1988 - 1992 3 More Events
1993 35 Years Old In 1993 Smith released his first box set, The Wonder Years and his first greatest hits album, The First Decade (1983–1993). … Read More
1994 36 Years Old In 1994, Smith made his acting debut as Billy Holden in Secret Adventures: Shrug. … Read More
1995 37 Years Old In 1995, Smith released his eighth album I'll Lead You Home, which combines the pop style of his secular albums with a touch of religious feel. … Read More


1998 40 Years Old In 1998, Smith also released his second Christmas album, Christmastime.
1999 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Smith collaborated with Jim Brickman on "Love of My Life", a romantic love song for Brickman's album Destiny in 1999. … Read More
2000 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 44 Years Old In 2002, Smith released a live concert DVD titled Worship, filmed live in Edmonton, Alberta at YC Alberta. … Read More
2003 45 Years Old Smith won the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the GMA Music Awards in 2003. … Read More
2004 46 Years Old 1 More Event
He performed this song live for the 2004 Republican National Convention, saying that President George W. Bush, whom he said is a fan and a family friend, had asked him to write a song about the attacks.
2006 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006 he released Stand, which is similar to Healing Rain (2004) in style and genre but with more Christian themed-songs.
2007 49 Years Old In October 2007, he released his third Christmas album, It's a Wonderful Christmas.


2008 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 20, 2008, Smith recorded his third live Worship album at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, titled A New Hallelujah. … Read More
2010 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2010, he released Wonder, which follows the CCM style of Healing Rain (2004) and Stand (2006).
2011 - 2012 2 More Events
In 2014, Smith released three albums, Hymns, Sovereign, and The Spirit of Christmas.
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