Nashville, Tenn. – When the stars align, they surely align, and that is exactly what is happening as country music’s chart-topping group Rascal Flatts, award-winning CCM icons Point of Grace and Phil Keaggy, and comedians Henry Cho, Nate Bargatze and John Crist have all signed on to perform and honor Michael W. Smith during the once-in-a-lifetime tribute event taking place April 30th. ‘35 years of Friends: Celebrating The Music Of Michael W. Smith’ will take place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, and will also include performances by Amy Grant, Bob Goff, Brian Littrell from the the Backstreet Boys, CeCe Winans, Chonda Pierce, Danny Gokey, Donnie McClurkin, Francesca Battistelli, The Gatlin Brothers, 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, Scott Hamilton, Vince Gill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and the Original MWS Band, and Wynonna.
Promoted by Outback Concerts and produced by Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, music lovers will experience over 40 artists from all genres, performing a set list to include many of Smith’s 35 #1 hit singles. With over 45 Dove awards, three Grammy awards, and an American Music award, Michael W. Smith has forever enshrined his mark in the music history books. Smith garnered yet another Grammy nomination in 2018 for ‘Best Contemporary Christian Music Album’ for his latest worship effort, ‘Surrounded.’
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office.
Christian Music Icon Michael W. Smith To Receive All-Star Tribute On April 30
With over 45 Dove awards, three Grammy awards, and an American
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Dubbed ‘35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of Michael W. Smith,’
“Michael is a Christian music icon and we can think of no better way
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Michael W. Smith Leads Worship on Good Morning America – Performs With Times Square Church Choir
Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award-winning Christian artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith performed “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America today (March 13). Michael led the song live during the broadcast. Smith was introduced by host Michael Strahan and joined by the Times Square Church choir.
Michael W. Smith To Release New Live Worship Album “Surrounded” In February
Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith releases for the first time in his career two, all new albums in one month, both his studio album A Million Lights (Feb. 16) and the live worship album Surrounded (Feb. 23) from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.
Surrounded is available now for preorder at LifeWay Christian Stores and for preorder everywhere Friday, Dec. 29 while A Million Lights is available for preorder now at digital and physical retailers globally, with multiple instant song downloads available from iTunes. Special, limited edition autographed versions of both albums are also available for preorder now from Amazon.com.
In many ways, Michael is a statesman, at the fulcrum of Christian music in pivotal moments. It is said that the heart of a lion never goes away, and Michael isn’t content staying with the equilibrium. At a loss for what his voice should be toward the end of 2016, this prolific artist comes roaring back with two full-length albums in a countercultural response to the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media.
With Surrounded, Michael’s desire is to unify the Church’s diverse expressions into one passionate, joyful cry of worship. Gathering worshippers around him and his band Nov. 2 for an intimate, set in the round recording of Surrounded at The Factory / Jamison Hall in Franklin, TN, Michael shares:
“I feel God moving through His Church and He is calling us together to be one voice and one heart. One bride. Every nation, every tribe and every tongue. Every social class, every denomination.
“What if we bring Him the thing that pleases Him most– our unity,” implores Michael. “We may each have different stories, and skin, and songs, but we all share His same Spirit.”
Leading a diverse chorus of voices, Michael’s new worship album features 12 tracks, including the declarative “Surrounded (Fight My Battles),” which releases Dec. 29 as a digital single and is available as an instant download with each iTunes preorder of the album.
The song also becomes the first video from the recording that was world-premiered Christmas Eve on Michael’s Facebook and website, and will be available to stream Dec. 29 on Spotify and other outlets internationally.
The full Surrounded track listing follows:
1) Your House
2) Light To You
3) King Of My Heart
4) Reckless Love
5) Here I Bow
7) Do It Again
8) Surrounded (Fight My Battles)
9) Build My Life
10) Washed Away
11) Great Are You Lord
12) Light To You (reprise)
Prior to today’s announcement of Surrounded, his first live worship album since 2014’s Sovereign that became a top 10 Billboard 200, No. 1-selling Christian album, Michael’s 13-song A Million Lights has already been receiving significant acclaim. USA Today raves in its first-ever “Life” section cover story on Michael that he “is shining brighter than ever” and noticing that the recording “marks a sonic departure for the Grammy winner.”
Yahoo! Music applauds A Million Lights for “tackling a tough audience: the divided American people” and points out that the album’s single, “Love Always Wins,” “is especially relevant in today’s environment, calling for focus on the positive.”
Two instant downloads from A Million Lights are available now with each iTunes preorder: both the Yahoo! Music–premiered “Love Always Wins” and the album’s title track, which is also the first music video from the album that can be seen on YouTube.
“A Million Lights” and “Love Always Wins” are further being heard now on major Spotify playlists like “Top Christian,” “Ultimate Indie” and “Dance Around The House.”
“Until the world ends, music is the most powerful language there is,” says Michael. “It can transform your life on every level, not just the spiritual. It can help people reconnect with why they’re here.”
Christian Music Legend Michael W. Smith Announces New Album ‘A Million Lights’
Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith announces his new album, A Million Lights, will release Feb. 16, 2017 from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.
Michael has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 30+ years. During his storied career, he’s written 32 No. 1 singles, been honored with three Grammy Awards and 45 Dove Awards, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums.
He’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International.
On Nov. 11, Michael will embark on his annual Christmas Tour with Amy Grant, Jordan Smith and a full symphony orchestra. (See tour dates listed below.)
A Million Lights was fueled by the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media. “About half the album was written in response to where we are as a nation,” says Michael. “In the age of social media, people have forgotten how to talk with one another, to be civil.”
Eager to experiment with new sounds, Michael enlisted multi-platinum producer and songwriter Brian Todd (Miley Cyrus and Rascal Flatts) and songsmith Kyle Lee to help flesh out his vision for the new songs. “I called a bunch of people I’d never written with because I wanted to push myself and experiment.”
The result is a beautiful collection of sweeping, epic new songs that sees Michael exploring new ground with music created to enlighten, mesmerize and touch the soul of listeners.
“Until the world ends, music is the most powerful language there is. It can transform your life on every level, not just the spiritual. It can help people reconnect with why they’re here. That’s what I’m doing with A Million Lights.”
The first single and title track of the album is now available on all digital platforms, including iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon.com and YouTube, and can be heard on major Spotify playlists like “Top Christian,” “Ultimate Indie,” “Dance Around The House” and many more.
2017 Christmas Tour:
Sat. Nov. 11 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Mon. Nov. 13 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
Tue. Nov. 14 Orem, UT UCCU Center
Wed. Nov. 15 Nampa, ID Idaho Center
Thu. Nov. 16 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
Fri. Nov. 17 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Entertainment and Sport Center
Sat. Nov. 18 Everett, WA Xfinity Arena at Everett
Sun. Nov. 19 Portland, OR Moda Center
Sat. Nov. 25 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center
Sun. Nov. 26 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Thu. Nov. 30 Oklahoma City, OK Crossings Community Church **
Fri. Dec. 1 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Sat. Dec. 2 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sun. Dec. 3 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Center
Tues. Dec. 5 Greensboro, NC Westover Church **
Fri. Dec. 8 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Sat. Dec. 9 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
Sun. Dec. 10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Thu. Dec. 14 Van Wert, OH Niswonger Performing Arts Center **
Fri. Dec. 15 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Sat. Dec. 16 Fairfax, VA Eaglebank Arena
Sun. Dec. 17 Hershey, PA GIANT Center
* All dates and venues are subject to change without notice
** Amy Grant will not appear on these events
Michael W. Smith Releases First New Single In Three Years ‘A Million Lights’
Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY® and Dove Award winner Michael W. Smith releases his first new song in three years, “A Million Lights,” today from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music. World premiering last month on SiriusXM The Message and going for adds now at Christian radio everywhere, the song is available to download or stream at outlets like iTunes, Amazon.com, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital providers internationally.
“I don’t recall being this excited about a single in a long time,” says Smith. “I’m very happy with how ‘A Million Lights’ has turned out and am anxious to get it from my studio out into the world! I believe the message of this song will be inspiring to everyone who hears it.”
With multiple sellout crowds experiencing the song live on Smith’s 20-city Revolution Tour this past spring, “A Million Lights” is also the first new song to be revealed from his upcoming, full-length studio album that is in production now. Slated to release early next year, the new album (title to be announced) will release from Smith’s Rocketown Records, as well as through his newly formed marketing and distribution alliance with The Fuel Music.
“There is a substantial new wind in Michael’s sail; this cultural influencer and voice for Christian people everywhere is revealing a new sound,” says Tony Patoto, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC founder. “It’s unequivocally Michael W. Smith, but with a significant new gravity and otherly approach contextually.”
Fans who heard “A Million Lights” on SiriusXM and on the recent tour are also responding to this new music on Smith’s Facebook page: “It’s a whole new level of greatness!” exclaims Catherine as Stephanie agrees, “Love this new song…I can’t wait to hear it again.” “I loved it live,” adds Ken while Jo Ann exclaims, “Wow! I love your new song. It’s beautiful! I’m so glad I was tuned into The Message.” Laura relates, “You and your music are such a blessing to this world!” and Sam says, “Great Song! Woke the House up with it this morning.”