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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Mark Hamill Strikes Back Against Insult-Hurling Trump Bureaucrat
Huffington Post - 12 months
Mess with a Jedi, you’re going to get burned. An Education Department bureaucrat that the administration of President Donald Trump brought in learned that the hard way after going after “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill on Twitter.  Kevin Eck, unhappy with Hamill’s political tweets, told him last year to “stick to playing Han Solo’s short little bitch.” Eck, who previously made headlines when it was found that he had complained about the all-black cast of “The Wiz,” has since protected his tweets, But CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski shared the comments about Hamill on Tuesday:  Education Dept. employee Kevin Eck (@kevxindy) was apparently not a @HamillHimself fan. pic.twitter.com/zET8bASHFE — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) March 14, 2017 Hamill fired back ― and unlike a stormtrooper, he didn’t miss:   An Education Dept. employee @kevxindy should know short/little is redundant like Russian colluding/traitor or pussy grabbing/sexual predator https://t.co/NcMqJB1...
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Steelers agree to four-year, $68M extension with Antonio Brown - ESPN
Google News - 12 months
Sports Illustrated Steelers agree to four-year, $68M extension with Antonio Brown ESPN Michael Smith and Jemele Hill discuss on SC6 why the Steelers decided to give Antonio Brown an extension and explain why his incident did not warrant the team to get rid of him. (2:14). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Pinterest · Email; comment. Steelers won free agency before it even beganSB Nation Inside the Antonio Brown dealNBCSports.com Monday's Sports in BriefFOXSports.com Washington Post -NJ.com -NESN.com -Steelers.com all 242 news articles »
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Michael Smith and Jemele Hill bring their 'His & Hers' attitude to ESPN's 'SportsCenter'
LATimes - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 shar...
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Why Trump - or any other politician - can't do much to bring back manual labor jobs
LATimes - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 ...
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Want To Get Out Of 'Voter Purgatory' In Kansas? Try Suing.
Huffington Post - over 2 years
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 beginni...
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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.
    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).
    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.
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    Smith's second hymns album, called Hymns II - Shine On Us, was released on January 29, 2016.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    The album marks Smith's third new album in 2014 to enter the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 16.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    In 2014, Smith released three albums, Hymns, Sovereign, and The Spirit of Christmas.
  • 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.
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  • 2011
    Smith's second instrumental album, Glory, was released on November 22, 2011.
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  • 2010
    In October 2010 he started touring with Third Day, tobyMac, and Max Lucado on the "Make a Difference" tour.
    In September 2010, he released Wonder, which follows the CCM style of Healing Rain (2004) and Stand (2006).
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  • 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.
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    On June 20, 2008, Smith recorded his third live Worship album at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, titled A New Hallelujah.
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  • 2007
    In October 2007, he released his third Christmas album, It's a Wonderful Christmas.
  • 2006
    Also in 2006, Smith did the score and soundtrack to the film The Second Chance, which he also starred in.
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    In 2006 he released Stand, which is similar to Healing Rain (2004) in style and genre but with more Christian themed-songs.
  • 2004
    Smith's album, Healing Rain, was released in 2004 and debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart.
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    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.
  • 2003
    Smith won the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the GMA Music Awards in 2003.
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  • 2002
    In 2002, Smith released a live concert DVD titled Worship, filmed live in Edmonton, Alberta at YC Alberta.
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  • 2001
    Worship Again also includes a song that Smith wrote called "There She Stands", inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • 2000
    Nearly all of Smith's albums include at least one instrumental track, and in 2000, Smith recorded his first all instrumental album, Freedom.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Also in 1999, he became the first Christian artist to receive the ASCAP "Golden Note" Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting.
    Smith collaborated with Jim Brickman on "Love of My Life", a romantic love song for Brickman's album Destiny in 1999.
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  • 1998
    In 1998, Smith also released his second Christmas album, Christmastime.
  • 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.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Smith made his acting debut as Billy Holden in Secret Adventures: Shrug.
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  • 1993
    In 1993 Smith released his first box set, The Wonder Years and his first greatest hits album, The First Decade (1983–1993).
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  • 1992
    In 1992, he released Change Your World, which included the No. 1 adult contemporary hit "I Will Be Here for You".
  • 1990
    In 1990, Smith released Go West Young Man, his first mainstream effort, which included the mainstream crossover hit single "Place in This World".
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  • 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".
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  • 1986
    In 1986, Smith released The Big Picture.
  • 1984
    By the time Smith's second album Michael W. Smith 2 was released in 1984, he was headlining his own tours.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    In November 1979, Smith suffered a breakdown that led to his recommitment to Christianity.
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  • 1978
    In 1978, Smith moved to Nashville, taking a job as a landscaper to support himself.
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  • OTHER
  • 1957
    Born on October 7, 1957.
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