With over 45 Dove awards, three Grammy awards, and an American Musicaward, Michael W. Smith has forever enshrined his mark in the music historybooks. Smith garnered yet another Grammy nod last Friday with a nomination for’Best Contemporary Christian Music Album’ for his latest worship effort,’Surrounded.’
In a once-in-a-lifetime tribute event, promoted by Outback Concerts andproduced by Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, friends and fellowmusicians will pay tribute to Smith on April 30, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arenain Nashville, Tennessee. Celebrating his remarkable 35-year career will includeAmy Grant, Bob Goff, Brian Littrell from the the Backstreet Boys, CeCe Winans,Chonda Pierce, Danny Gokey, Donnie McClurkin, Francesca Battistelli, The GatlinBrothers, The Isaacs, Jars of Clay, Jason Crabb, Jim Brickman, Jordan Smith,Jordin Sparks, Justin Flom, Laura Story, Lee Greenwood, Mac Powell, Matt Maher,Matthew West, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Newsboys, The Oak Ridge Boys, Phillips,Craig and Dean, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Russ Taff, Sandi Patty, ScottHamilton, Vince Gill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and the Original MWS Band, Wynonna andmore to be announced soon.
Dubbed ‘35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of Michael W. Smith,’ musiclovers will experience over 35 artists, from all genres, performing a set listto include many of Smith’s 35 #1 hit singles. In addition, 2018 marks the 35thAnniversary of Smith’s Top 10 single “Friends,” which helped introduce hismusic to both secular and non-secular audiences. Smith once again shared thesong with the world when he performed it at the Washington, D.C. memorialservice for his dear friend, President George H.W. Bush, last Wednesday.
“Michael is a Christian music icon and we can think of no better way tocelebrate him than with this star-studded lineup we have put together,” saysOutback Concerts’ Morgan Carney. “It’s going to be an event not to be missed,and will be a fantastic celebration of one of the greats.”
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Michael for over thirtyyears,” said John Huie, Head of Music at CAA in Nashville. “I’ve seenhis music impact people from all walks of life – from Presidents topedestrians. This celebration of his contributions to music and the impact ofthe song ‘FRIENDS’ will be very special. It’s been fun watching it cometogether as so many artists from all genres are anxious to celebrate Michaeland his music. An event like this is a first for a Christian artist – and it’sgoing to be great!”
“Putting a tribute event together can be a tremendous amount of work,unless you are doing a tribute to Christian superstar Michael W. Smith,“said Tony Conway (Conway Entertainment Group/Ontourage). “I have been afan and follower of his music and mission in life since he started performing.Every single artist that his manager Chaz and I talked with said yes rightaway. It is an honor to work alongside Michael, Chaz and the promoter, MikeSmardak of Outback Concerts. One thing we can all promise, and that is thiswill be a very special, one night only concert, with lots of surprises andmagical collaborations.”
Tickets go on sale at 10am (CT) Friday,December 14 at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena.