Michael W. Smith Biography
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BORN: Kenova, WV
Christian recording star and Yamaha artist Michael W. Smith was the top honoree at the 30th Annual Dove Awards on March 24, carrying away six awards to bring his lifetime total to 22. The Dove Awards, presented by the Gospel Music Association, is the longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the gospel music industry.
Smith was named Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year; received two honors, one as an artist and one as a producer, for his current hit album "Live the Life"; and garnered separate artist and producer nods for his participation in "Exodus," a special-event album. For his performance at the awards ceremony, Smith used his Yamaha CPX15W Compass Series electric-acoustic guitar. On tour and for studio applications, the multi-instrumentalist uses an arsenal of Yamaha musical instruments, including the EX5 synthesizer, P200 digital piano and Disklavier® DGT7 piano.
"Yamaha has always made my favorite pianos," Smith said. "They now make guitars I love. The new Yamaha guitars feel great, sound amazing and offer some unique finishes that make a statement before you play a note."
"We congratulate Michael W. Smith not only for his outstanding achievement at the Dove Awards, but for his ongoing track record of great music with a positive message," said David Bergstrom, director of marketing, Combo Group, Yamaha Corporation of America. "Michael's long association with Yamaha is extremely important to us, and we are pleased that he has chosen Yamaha as both his guitar line and his keyboard line."
In 1998, Smith produced "Live the Life" and "Exodus," joined Amy Grant on her 21-city Christmas tour and visited 45 cities on his own "Live the Life" tour. He was a featured performer during the 1998 Miss America Pageant, and four songs from "Live the Life" --the title track, "Love Me Good," "Never Been Unloved" and "Missing Person" --all reached number one on Christian radio charts. With 5 gold records, 1 platinum record, 22 Dove Awards, 2 Grammy® Awards and more than 7 million sales to his credit, the talented artist is currently in the studio working on his 13th album.
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Majesty | Reviewer: Eunice | 6/16/14
What an inspirational song! Smith,each time i listen to this track "majesty" it reminds me that i am nothing without the grace of God and i must confess that you are truely a blessing to this generation.God bless you and strengthen you the more sir.
Michael W. Smith the Songwriter and Performer | Reviewer: Jeannie | 5/25/14
I have been so totally blessed by your songs and want to thank you for being such a blessing to all of us. It's amazing the songs you write. I would like to know where you were when some of them were written. The Holy Ghost has inspired you so much in writing them. Forever and Draw me Close are two of my favorites but there are so many more. Thank you for being such a blessing. You are Forever used of God Mightily. Thank you for being His Instrument to the world. Amen
Worship | Reviewer: Beverly | 2/26/14
I use your song "Breathe" as a personal time of worship. It brings me so close to God knowing that He is so close to me that He truly is in the air that we breathe. You are my favorite contemporary Christian artist. May God continue to bless your music.
WONDERFUL CROSS | Reviewer: ISAAC SUNDAY AJEGBA | 1/25/14
Truely among the inspiring gospel artists of this end times you are one. Your music points my focus to Jesus Christ and His rival fire, awesomeness and power to save. I always think of Jesus only Jesus ever jesus all in all i sing each time your tracks are played; Such tracks like lord have mercy, draw me close to you, ancient word, heart of worship, above all, healing rain and wonderful cross etc. Keep your connection with Jesus and He will continue to use you untill that blessed day of the Lord when He'll say "welcome thou obedient and faithful servant into my rest" till We meet in the Heavenly Jerusalem were will be with the Lord forever. Amen. From NIGERIA
LORD HAVE MERCY. | Reviewer: Noah Motito, NIGERIA. | 12/10/13
Each time I listen to this track 'Lord have Mercy' I see God forgiving me especially when I fall short of His glory and/or not in right connection with Him. It's a song of prayer and consecration. God bless you real good.
HIS LOVE ENDURETH FOREVER | Reviewer: PASTOR KEVIN GRACE | 11/19/13
I AM FROM NIGERIA,AM INSPIRED WHENEVER I LISTEN TO YOUR SONGS. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO THIS GENERATION,MAY GOD'S GRACE INCREASE IN YOUR LIFE, AS YOU HAVE WON ALL THESE AWARDS SO SHALL YOU GET YOUR REWARDS IN HEAVEN WHEN JESUS COMES. I PRAY YOU HOLD ON TO YOUR CALLING AND NEVER YOU FAINT NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN LIFE, MAY THE LORD KEEP YOU AND GUIDE YOU. GOD BLESS YOU SIR
DRAW ME CLOSE TO YOU | Reviewer: Mugre Marcel Amouh | 11/18/13
Greetings Michael from this part of the world. I am really privileged to have exists in this generation to enjoy the worship songs. Your worship songs have become my Anthem that i invite God with. Especially "Draw me close to you" and "Lord have mercy", what a gift for mankind you are really a blessings to this generation. How i would have wished to experience any of your LIVE CONCERT. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MAY HE ALSO LENGTHEN YOUR DAYS ON EARTH.
THANKS MARCEL (CAMEROON)
Majesty | Reviewer: Osakue Sunshine | 11/17/13
Halo sir. I'm a Nigeria. Micheal u too much. Anytime am playing ur music i used to tel my friends dat u are my father in thy Lord. Thy Lord wil strenthen u . Stay on top dat s where u belong.
Ancient words | Reviewer: Matanmisi modupe | 11/10/13
I love dis song but wen i now know d lyrics and d meanin i appreciated d song better,this song is just lyk a rminder 2 evry christian abt our goal here on earth,its also served as a guidiance 2 we d christian .bro Michael i pray 4 u dat as u sing on earth u wil not miss d chance 2 sing unto God in paradise with d angels,d devil wil not write d last chapter of ur life in Jesus name. God grace and mercy wil c u tru d jorney of ur lyf. Lov u wit d love of God.
Heart of Worship | Reviewer: Temitope Ifidon | 10/10/13
What more can I say, indeed you are a blessing to this generation.
Your songs are soul lifting and can't stop listening to them especially Heart of worship. His presence will never depart from you in Jesus name.
Above All | Reviewer: Kaitlyn Miller | 10/8/13
Hi Michael, I'm Kaitlyn. I'm come from California. I really love your song! It was make me always Confidence, when I look everywhere. I often performed the song belongs to you, in any event, and whatever it was. I was very impressed with one of your songs. That is, ABOVE ALL. This song is really great! God Bless you, and keep moving forward!
ffff | Reviewer: JUSTIN | 10/7/13
Ta musique est tellement puissante et imbibée de l'onction du saint esprit.
I love you so much ans we love your music.
Que Dieu t'inspire encore davantage.
Justin from democratic republic of congo
Healing Rain | Reviewer: Treasure Etim | 8/31/13
I am from Nigeria. You are the best gift the world has received,. when l listen to you 'Healing Rain' it makes me realize the unfailing love of our Lord Jesus who gave it all on the cross of calvary for the redemption of our soul. Thanks you father because tears of shame, sorrow, lack, pain and depression are washed forever and I'm not afraid to be washed by your heavenly rain. Amen! And for you micheal, it is my earnest prayer that the Lord will keep you to fulfil His work here on earth. Amen! Love you.
Your best is unvailing. | Reviewer: Darlingvic | 8/30/13
Realy ur song are inspiring nd worth listening. Songs like: 'grace, heart of worship, can jear ur vioce, e.t.c' are highly endowed with rhema from God directly.
Well all i wish is that a man at this height of greatness will make heaven
ANCIENT WORD | Reviewer: NWABUEZE ADIELE | 8/23/13
Dear brother Michael, how could you be so modern and yet quite ancient. Ancient Word is the perfect illustration of ancient and modern. You have used the latest Yamaha instruments to belt out a perfect worship song that takes one back to the ancient foundations of our faith. I woke up to that track the other day and I was transported to realms untold. May His ancient hands help and hold you till the end, in Jesus name; Amen.
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