Michael W. Smith
American musician and songwriter
Michael W. Smith
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.
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Michael Smith and Jemele Hill bring their 'His & Hers' attitude to ESPN's 'SportsCenter'
LATimes - 19 days
A quick glance at the stage light boxes on the set of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” reveals the passions of its new, early evening hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill. Photos or illustrations of Prince, Michael Jordan, Tommie Smith and John Carlos - the track stars who protested at the 1968 Summer Olympics...
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Video of BART police officer punching handcuffed man spurs anger
LATimes - 2 months
Videos captured the moment in July when Bay Area Rapid Transit police officers pounced on Michael Smith and his girlfriend in downtown San Francisco, ordering them to the ground at gunpoint and handcuffing them. As people gathered and recorded with their cellphones, Smith, 22, still handcuffed,...
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Amy Grant's 'Tennessee Christmas' Explores Emotional Spectrum of the Season
Huffington Post - 3 months
No matter what highs or lows the holidays might bring, six-time GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant's newest album, Tennessee Christmas, has a tune for them all. The 13-song mix of original Yuletide classics (like "White Christmas" and "I've Got Your Love to Keep Me Warm") and new, softer offerings captures the joy, anticipation, nostalgia and even melancholy of the Christmas season. Unlike Grant's previous albums, which feature full orchestras and bright sounds, Tennessee Christmas has a simpler, more organic feel that highlights her unmistakable voice. "I had never done a record from the vantage point of just wanting it to feel like good company," she said. "When we were recording this album, I kept thinking, 'There's some woman a lot like me who's the last one to bed and washing out the last coffee cup, and if I were that person, how would I want to be sung to?' And it was just like a friend." To create the sound she had in mind, Grant recorded the album at the home she share ...
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Why Trump - or any other politician - can't do much to bring back manual labor jobs
LATimes - 3 months
Michael Smith is not used to stretching a paycheck. As recently as March 2015, the 42-year-old was earning nearly $100,000 a year as a district manager on oil fields for company based in Union City, Pa. Then oil prices dropped, and his company laid him off. Smith, a father of four boys, now makes...
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This Is The Worst Insect Sting In The World
Huffington Post - 5 months
This post originally appeared on National Geographic. One day while Justin Schmidt was riding his bicycle, something went terribly wrong. “I was huffing and puffing, so my mouth was open, and this damn honeybee flew right in and stung me on the tongue,” he says. He tumbled to the ground, flailing in agony. Later he described the sting as “immediate, noisome, visceral, debilitating. For 10 minutes, life is not worth living.” It wasn’t the worst sting possible (we’ll get to that), but its intensity surprised him—which is surprising in itself, because Schmidt, a University of Arizona entomologist, has been stung over a thousand times and is famous for developing the Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects, a four-point scale with descriptions of agony that read like hoity-toity tasting notes for Scotch. The red paper wasp, for instance, rates a 3 with pain that’s “caustic and burning, with a distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric ...
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RPT-UPDATE 1-Goldman Sachs' top Southeast Asia investment banker to leave-sources
Reuters.com - 5 months
SINGAPORE, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The head of Goldman Sachs' investment banking division in Southeast Asia, Michael Smith, is set to leave the bank, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
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Funerals for slain Dallas officer and Minnesota shooting victim
Reuters.com - 7 months
The public is invited to a service for slain officer Michael Smith who was killed at the hands of the Dallas gunman, and another funeral is held for Philando Castile who was killed by police in Minnesota last week -- two incidents that have reignited fierce debate on race and policing tactics. Gavino Garay reports.
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Michael Smith: One of the fallen Dallas police heroes
CBS News - 8 months
One of the fallen heroes in the Dallas shooting was police officer Michael Smith, who was also an Army veteran. Heidi and Mike Smith had an all-American family: she was a teacher he was a police officer. Omar Villafranca spoke with his family.
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U.S. Army Captain Is Suing Obama Over Legality Of The War Against ISIS
NPR - 10 months
Capt. Nathan Michael Smith, who is currently on active duty in Kuwait, says he is concerned that an "illegal" war "forces him to violate his oath to 'preserve, protect and defend' the Constitution."
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An Army Captain Takes Obama to Court Over ISIS Fight
NYTimes - 10 months
Capt. Nathan Michael Smith, an intelligence officer, voices strong support for fighting the Islamic State, but says Congress needs to approve it.
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'Trailer Park Boys' actor arrested on suspicion of domestic battery at Hollywood hotel
Chicago Times - 11 months
Michael Smith, a star of the TV series "Trailer Park Boys," was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery following an incident in Hollywood early Friday morning, police said. Authorities responded to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel around 1:15 a.m. Friday after receiving a call about domestic battery,...
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Sometimes, Everything In Life Just Seems To Line Up Perfectly
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Life is brutal. Full of lows and disappointments, losses and potential left unrealized. But every once in a while, there's that moment. You know, that moment when everything seems to be lining up just perfectly for you, when everything doesn't seem so bad after all.  Raymond van Barneveld had one such moment last week, when he beat Michael Smith to reach the semifinals of the PDC World Darts Championship. And so, the darts gods rewarded him and us with one of the better-synced TV moments we've ever seen. Of course, he proceeded to lose in the next round. Life comes at you fast, and it's always brutal. But sometimes there's a Vine. Sometimes, there's a Vine.   Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Top 20 Country Artists to Watch in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was a big year for new artists in country music. Several acts had their first career number ones at country radio, including A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini, Canaan Smith, Michael Ray, Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, and Chris Stapleton. Others, like Cam and Chris Janson, celebrated breakthrough hits, while relative newcomers Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell solidified their positions as country's next generation of superstars. 2016 will undoubtedly be a breakthrough year for another handful of new artists. Below are 20 of the most promising, complete with a short Q&A from each of the rising stars. 20. MITCH ROSSELL If you had told Mitch Rossell in 2014 that in 2015 he would be co-writing and sharing the stage with living legend Garth Brooks, he wouldn't have believed you. But, both were among Rossell's list of accomplishments this year, and 2016 promises to be just as exciting for the Tennessee native. Describe yourself to fans in one sentence: I'm j ...
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Want To Get Out Of 'Voter Purgatory' In Kansas? Try Suing.
Huffington Post - over 1 year
To get out of voter registration "purgatory" in Kansas, it helps to sue. That's what two young men and their attorneys found when they took Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) to court over a state law that requires residents to present proof of citizenship documents in order to vote in state and federal elections. If a Kansan registers to vote but does not provide one of 13 valid proof-of-citizenship documents, such as a birth certificate or passport, he or she is placed on a so-called “suspense” list. Just three other states in the country have such a requirement on the books, and Kansas and Arizona are the only states enforcing it.  About 36,000 Kansans were in this state of "voter purgatory" as of early October. For comparison, the state has 1.7 million registered voters. Under a new rule that Kobach proposed in June, people who haven’t presented proof of citizenship will be removed from the suspense list after 90 days, and will then be required to start from the beginnin ...
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Want To Get Out Of 'Voter Purgatory' In Kansas? Try Suing.
Huffington Post - over 1 year
To get out of voter registration "purgatory" in Kansas, it helps to sue. That's what two young men and their attorneys found when they took Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) to court over a state law that requires residents to present proof of citizenship documents in order to vote in state and federal elections. If a Kansan registers to vote but does not provide one of 13 valid proof-of-citizenship documents, such as a birth certificate or passport, he or she is placed on a so-called “suspense” list. Just three other states in the country have such a requirement on the books, and Kansas and Arizona are the only states enforcing it.  About 36,000 Kansans were in this state of "voter purgatory" as of early October. For comparison, the state has 1.7 million registered voters. Under a new rule that Kobach proposed in June, people who haven’t presented proof of citizenship will be removed from the suspense list after 90 days, and will then be required to start from the beginnin ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael W. Smith
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On June 27, 2016, he released the music video for the single which was filmed entirely in Israel in April 2016.
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    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 Target exclusive edition of The Passion: New Orleans soundtrack CD (2016).
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    Smith also starred as James the disciple in The Passion (U.S.), a live musical film that was aired on FOX on March 20, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, Smith opened a teen club, named Rocketown, in Nashville, Tennessee (6th Avenue). Later in early 2003, the club was moved to a new location—a renovated warehouse in downtown Nashville. The venue offers a large dance floor, extensive indoor skate park, and a cafe hosting live acoustic music. In 1996, Smith opened his own record label, Rocketown Records. The label was named after a song on his third album The Big Picture. Smith does not personally record on it, but he stated the label was driven by the artists. The first artist signed was Chris Rice, who had written "Go Light Your World", a No. 1 hit song by Kathy Troccoli, in 1995. Smith is actively involved in volunteer service and is vice chair of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, which is chaired by Jean Case of the Case Foundation. He is also an avid spokesperson for sponsoring children through Compassion International.
    Smith's second hymns album, called Hymns II - Shine On Us, was released on January 29, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Like his first hymns album released in 2014, the album was sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
  • 2015
    In 2015, Smith and his son Tyler wrote the score and soundtrack for the film 90 Minutes in Heaven, where he also has a small acting role in.
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  • 2014
    Smith, along with Amy Grant, was honored as the "cornerstone of Christian music" by ASCAP in 2014 for his significant influence on the genre.
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    The album marks Smith's third new album in 2014 to enter the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 16.
    More Details Hide Details It also won 2015 Dove Award for "Christmas Album of the Year".
    The album sold almost 16,000 copies in its first week, and debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, making it the highest charting album in his career as of 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The Spirit of Christmas, officially released as Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, is Smith's first duet album. 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.
    Sovereign, released on May 13, 2014, is his first studio worship album and his first album released through Capitol Records, after leaving his long-time label Reunion Records in 2013.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album sold 12,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200. It was also the best-selling Christian music album for the week of April 19, 2014, and won 2014 Dove Award for "Inspirational Album of the Year".
    In 2014, Smith released three albums, Hymns, Sovereign, and The Spirit of Christmas.
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  • 2012
    Smith's concert in Draper, Utah, on July 24, 2012 was almost canceled due to a complaint filed by a Utah resident on July 16, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He claimed that a show "conflated with prayer and worship" should remain in church or private property, not in "public's backyard". The following day the city council decided to cancel the concert, but a day later they decided to host the show as planned after all after a criticism from a Utah evangelical group that equated cancelling the concert to an assault on religious liberty. The Mayor of Draper and several city council members were present at the event and were recognized for their support.
  • 2011
    Smith's second instrumental album, Glory, was released on November 22, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike his first instrumental album, Freedom (2000), this album features a 65-piece orchestra at AIR Studios Lyndhurts Hall in London and Wildwood Recording Studio in Nashville. The following year he released his third compilation album, Decades of Worship (2012).
  • 2010
    In October 2010 he started touring with Third Day, tobyMac, and Max Lucado on the "Make a Difference" tour.
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    In September 2010, he released Wonder, which follows the CCM style of Healing Rain (2004) and Stand (2006).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Smith supports the Republican Party, and is personal friends with several prominent Republicans, including former President George W. Bush. He endorsed Sam Brownback's brief run for president in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He was also named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People" in 1992. Grammy Awards Grammy Nominations Dove Awards American Music Awards
    On June 20, 2008, Smith recorded his third live Worship album at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, titled A New Hallelujah.
    More Details Hide Details It was released in October 2008. That same month he began a tour with Steven Curtis Chapman.
  • 2007
    In October 2007, he released his third Christmas album, It's a Wonderful Christmas.
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  • 2006
    Also in 2006, Smith did the score and soundtrack to the film The Second Chance, which he also starred in.
    More Details Hide Details He also released a single from the soundtrack album, "All In The Serve".
    In 2006 he released Stand, which is similar to Healing Rain (2004) in style and genre but with more Christian themed-songs.
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  • 2004
    Smith's album, Healing Rain, was released in 2004 and debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart.
    More Details Hide Details The title track rose to No. 1 on the Radio & Records Charts and a music video for the song was released. The album combines the pop style of his previous recordings with the religious feel of his two live worship albums. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.
    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.
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  • 2003
    Smith won the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the GMA Music Awards in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he also released his second greatest hits album, The Second Decade (1993–2003), which includes a new single called "Signs".
  • 2002
    In 2002, Smith released a live concert DVD titled Worship, filmed live in Edmonton, Alberta at YC Alberta.
    More Details Hide Details The concert includes songs from both Worship (2001) and Worship Again (2002). It immediately topped the Billboard video charts and went gold in both the U.S. and Canada.
  • 2001
    Worship Again also includes a song that Smith wrote called "There She Stands", inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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  • 2000
    Nearly all of Smith's albums include at least one instrumental track, and in 2000, Smith recorded his first all instrumental album, Freedom.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Smith released his first all-worship music album, Worship, on September 11. This album was followed by a sequel, Worship Again in 2002. Both albums were recorded live in concert.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Also in 1999, he became the first Christian artist to receive the ASCAP "Golden Note" Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting.
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    Smith collaborated with Jim Brickman on "Love of My Life", a romantic love song for Brickman's album Destiny in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The song went to chart at No. 9 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.
  • 1998
    In 1998, Smith also released his second Christmas album, Christmastime.
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  • 1995
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Live the Life (1998) and This Is Your Time (1999) follow the same style.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Smith made his acting debut as Billy Holden in Secret Adventures: Shrug.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, Smith was the lead actor in The Second Chance, a film directed by Steve Taylor. He also did some of the score and soundtrack for this film. In 2015, Smith starred as Cliff McArdle in the film adaptation of the best-selling book 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. In addition, he collaborated with his son on the score and soundtrack for this film.
  • 1993
    In 1993 Smith released his first box set, The Wonder Years and his first greatest hits album, The First Decade (1983–1993).
    More Details Hide Details The latter also includes two new songs, "Do You Dream Of Me?" and "Kentucky Rose".
  • 1992
    In 1992, he released Change Your World, which included the No. 1 adult contemporary hit "I Will Be Here for You".
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  • 1990
    In 1990, Smith released Go West Young Man, his first mainstream effort, which included the mainstream crossover hit single "Place in This World".
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    After the release of his 1988 effort, i 2 (EYE), Smith once again collaborated with Grant for her "Lead Me On World Tour".
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Smith recorded his first Christmas album, simply titled Christmas (1989).
  • 1986
    In 1986, Smith released The Big Picture.
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  • 1984
    By the time Smith's second album Michael W. Smith 2 was released in 1984, he was headlining his own tours.
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  • 1983
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This album contained the first recording of his hit "Friends", which he co-wrote with his wife Deborah.
  • 1981
    In 1981, while he was playing keyboards for Higher Ground, Smith was signed as a writer to Meadowgreen Music, where he wrote numerous 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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Smith began touring as a keyboardist for Grant on her Age to Age tour.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    In November 1979, Smith suffered a breakdown that led to his recommitment to Christianity.
    More Details Hide Details The next day he auditioned for a new contemporary Christian music (CCM) group, Higher Ground, as a keyboardist and got the job. His lead vocals were heard on much of CCM radio with the single, "I Am". It was on his first tour with Higher Ground, playing mostly in churches, that Smith was finally able to put the drugs and alcohol behind him.
  • 1978
    In 1978, Smith moved to Nashville, taking a job as a landscaper to support himself.
    More Details Hide Details He played with several local bands in the Nashville club scene. He also developed a problem with substance abuse. I really started losing touch when I moved to Nashville, around April of '78. I was smokin' marijuana, drinking, doing some other drugs; just being crazy, you know. My mom and dad knew what I was doing. But they never hassled me, they just prayed for me. And I felt convicted by God. Every time I'd wake up I knew: This isn't me. But I couldn't change myself.
  • OTHER
  • 1957
    Born on October 7, 1957.
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