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2019 Christmas Tour Has Been Announced

The 2019 Christmas Tour has been announced. Press Release from MichaelWSmith.com:

'Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are reuniting to co-bill their popular Christmas tour this upcoming holiday season, where they will be joined by special guest Marc Martel. Incorporating a full symphony orchestra at each performance, this musical mastery is being presented by Balsam Hill® (www.BalsamHill.com). Kicking-off November 30 in Cincinnati, OH the seven-city tour travels to Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Grand Rapids, MI and more.

The highly anticipated show will feature selections spanning the artists’ expansive Christmas repertoires and combine the vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums between them. The dynamic duo last brought their Christmas tour on the road in 2017 to the delight of fans in sold-out shows throughout North America.

“Michael is one is the most gifted musicians I know. His welcoming, easy going personality makes me look forward to every chance I have to share the stage with him…. especially at Christmas,” Grant says.

Smith states, “It’s no secret how much I love Christmas and playing Christmas music. I’m so looking forward to being back out with Amy for the first half of the season – and when she returns home for her Christmas residency at the Ryman – I look forward to carrying on for nine more shows with my band and the amazing Marc Martel!”

Grant and Smith both agreed, “We are so happy to have Balsam Hill as our Tour Sponsor again. A Christmas Tour sponsored by the manufacturer of the most beautiful Christmas trees and Christmas decorations; it just doesn’t get any better than that! Both of our homes are decorated with Balsam Hills products.”

“It all comes full circle! Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith – two class acts, whose music has been a big part of my own musical upbringing – have invited me to join them on their 2019 Christmas tour. As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to Christmas shows, this one is the standard. So excited to share the stage with Smitty and Amy, and see you all somewhere on the road this holiday season,” Martel adds.

In addition to the performance, and in support of their longstanding relationship with Compassion International, Michael and Amy are exclusively meeting fans who sponsor a child through the organization prior to the concerts through the website www.meetamyandmichael.com and www.meetmichaelwsmith.com. This “Compassion Meet & Greet” is an opportunity to learn more about the Compassion International’s child sponsorship experience and will include a photo and Meet & Greet opportunity with the artists. (Tickets to each concert must be purchased separately through the event’s normal ticketing outlets.) All three artists are also participating in the Sixth Annual Balsam Hill Celebrities for Smiles Charity Auction, where the public can bid on one-of-a-kind, celebrity-autographed, beautiful holiday ornaments on an eBay auction at www.CelebritiesforSmiles.com. All proceeds will benefit Operation Smile, an international medical charity that offers free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries to children and young adults all around the world.

Following the seven-city run with Grant, Smith will continue the Christmas tour with Martel for nine dates hitting Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, and more. He will be accompanied by the full symphony orchestra on select dates as well. Meanwhile, Grant will return to Nashville for her Christmas at the Ryman residency with her husband Vince Gill. The 12-date holiday concert run will kick off on Dec. 11 at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium and close on Dec. 23. This year’s Ryman residency offers matinee times of the couple’s holiday show on Dec. 15, 22 and 23. Tickets are on sale and available via ryman.com, ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more information on the upcoming tour and to purchase tickets, visit: AmyGrant.com/Tour and MichaelWSmith.com/Tour.'

2019 Christmas Tour Dates:

All dates and venues are subject to change without notice

Nov 30 Cincinnati, OH**

Dec 1 Columbus, OH**

Dec 2 Indianapolis, IN**

Dec 5 Grand Rapids, MI**

Dec 6 Minneapolis, MN**

Dec 7 Sioux Falls, SD**

Dec 8 Des Moines, IA**

Dec 10 Nashville, TN*

Dec 11 Atlanta, GA*

Dec 13 Reading, PA*

Dec 14 Huntington, WV*

Dec 15 Shippensburg, PA*

Dec 18 Detroit, MI*

Dec 19 Pittsburgh, PA*

Dec 20 Lowell, MA*

Dec 21 Medford, NJ*

* Michael W. Smith and Marc Martel

** Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Marc Martel

2019 Christmas Tour

Concert Tour Dates

15 July 2019

35 Years of Friends Fall Concert Tour Announced

The 35 Years of Friends Fall concert tour has been announced with 23 concert dates scheduled across the country starting in Springfield, Missouri on October 3rd. More concert tour dates here: Concert Tour Dates

Press Release from MichaelWSmith.com:

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

Michael W. Smith Invites Fans to Celebrate “35 Years Of Friends” With Fall Tour

Gospel Music Hall of Famer and multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Winner Michael W. Smith has announced plans for his fall headlining tour celebrating 35 years of his groundbreaking, iconic song “Friends”. The 23-city tour will launch in Springfield, Missouri on October 3 and will also feature stops in Atlanta, San Antonio, Phoenix, Sacramento and more before concluding November 17 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Amassing an in-depth catalog of achievements, Smith was recently honored with a star-studded tribute concert to celebrate his 35 #1 songs at Bridgestone Arena by a myriad of legendary performers including: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, CeCe Winans, Jordin Sparks, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna and many more.

Smith says, “I’m really excited about the 35 Years of Friends Tour this fall. We had an event this spring, here in Nashville, where 56 of my friends and fellow artists came together to celebrate my 35 #1’s and the 35th Anniversary of FRIENDS. It was an amazing night - and, for me, brought back some memories of some songs I hadn’t thought of for quite a while! It’s going to be a blast dusting off some songs I haven’t done in concert for a long time. It will be a night full of all the hits - and, of course, I’m excited to lead worship every night. I can’t wait to see you there!”

The 35 Years of Friends Tour is exclusively produced by Awakening Events, and will provide fans the opportunity to hear these hits and experience worship drawn from Smith's recordings and worship anthems from across his career including a live performance of “Friends”. As Smith was designing this unique show, unlike any tour he has embarked on before, it was decided that he would be his own “opening act,” to spend as much time with the crowd as he could. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, 6/21 at 10:00 AM local time. More information can be found at MichaelWSmith.com: or awakeningevents.com.


35 Years of Friends Fall Concert Tour

Concert Tour Dates

19 June 2019

35 Years of Friends MWS Concert Event Held

The 35 Years of Friends: Celebrating the Music of Michael W. Smith Concert was held last night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Fifty photos from the event are featured in this news story from the Tennessean:

35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of MWS Concert

Photos: 35 Years of Friends:
Celebrating the Music of Michael W. Smith Concert
01 May 2019

Reckless Love Lyric Music Video Released
A new lyric music video for Reckless Love has been released. Reckless Love is from the new AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience album. See the video at the link below.

Reckless Love

Reckless Love Lyric Music Video

01 March 2019

New Album AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience Released
Michael's latest album, AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience, has been released. AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience was recorded during the Surrounded: A Night to Pray, Worship and Be Awakened special event held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville TN last August. See the track listing here: Albums.

Awaken The Surrounded Experience
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22 February 2019

New Song Waymaker Released
Waymaker, the first song released from Michael's upcoming album, AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience, is now available. Quoting Michael, “The Surrounded event at Bridgestone Arena was an amazing night of music and Worship. The song ‘Waymaker’ stands out as one of the highlights of the entire evening. It’s a powerful lyric and is delivered with incredible passion by Vanessa Campagna and Madelyn Berry – two incredible singers.” The full album, AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience, will be released on February 22nd.

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01 February 2019

New Album AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience Releases 2/22
Michael's latest album, AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience, will be released on February 22nd. AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience was recorded during the Surrounded: A Night to Pray, Worship and Be Awakened special event held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville TN last August. See the track listing here: Albums. Pre-order it now from Amazon.

Awaken The Surrounded Experience

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30 January 2019

Update: -  AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience album is now available.

35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of MWS Event
35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of MWS Event

Press Release from MichaelWSmith.com:

Over 35 Artists Will Celebrate 35 #1 Hits and the 35th Anniversary of “Friends”

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 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 and produced by Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, friends and fellow musicians will pay tribute to Smith on April 30, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Celebrating his remarkable 35-year career will include 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, Wynonna and more to be announced soon.

Dubbed ‘35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of Michael W. Smith,’ music lovers will experience over 35 artists, from all genres, performing a set list to include many of Smith’s 35 #1 hit singles. In addition, 2018 marks the 35th Anniversary of Smith’s Top 10 single “Friends,” which helped introduce his music to both secular and non-secular audiences. Smith once again shared the song with the world when he performed it at the Washington, D.C. memorial service 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 to celebrate him than with this star-studded lineup we have put together,” says Outback 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 thirty years,” said John Huie, Head of Music at CAA in Nashville. “I’ve seen his music impact people from all walks of life – from Presidents to pedestrians. This celebration of his contributions to music and the impact of the song ‘FRIENDS’ will be very special. It’s been fun watching it come together as so many artists from all genres are anxious to celebrate Michael and his music. An event like this is a first for a Christian artist – and it’s going 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 a fan 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 right away. It is an honor to work alongside Michael, Chaz and the promoter, Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts. One thing we can all promise, and that is this will be a very special, one night only concert, with lots of surprises and magical collaborations.”

Tickets go on sale at 10 am (CT) Friday, December 14 at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena.


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MWS 35 Years of Friends Event Trailer

12 December 2018

Surrounded and United 2019 Tour with Newsboys Announced
A new concert tour for 2019 has been announced. The Surrounded and United tour starts in April and will feature Michael W. Smith and Newsboys who will be touring together for the first time. More information coming soon. Initial tour stops announced included below. Check the Concert Tour Dates page for updates and additions.

April 12 - Baton Rogue LA
April 13 - Brandon MS
April 18 - Chicago IL
April 19 - Moline IL
April 20 - Green Bay WI
April 27 - West Palm Beach FL
April 28 - Estero FL
May 09 - La Crosse WI
May 10 - Fargo ND
May 11 - Bismarck ND

MWS Newsboys Tour 2019

Concert Tour Dates

10 December 2018

New Children's Book Let's Get Ready For Bed Coming Nov 6th
Michael will be releasing his new book, Let's Get Ready for Bed, on November 6th. Let's Get Ready for Bed is the second book in the Nurturing Steps bedtime book series for children.

From the Press Release:

'From Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W Smith and the co-creator of Veggietales Mike Nawrocki comes Let's Get Ready for Bed, the second in a series of bedtime books in the Nurturing Steps line. This sweet and sleepy picture book will lull your little one to sleep with their favorite stuffed animal characters the Nighty Nights.

As an added bonus, this book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith singing the lullaby from the story.

Founded by Michael W Smith, Nurturing Steps is an infant and toddler series of children’s music and books with a simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.

This picture book features a cover that shines with foil.'

Pre-order the book at the link below.

Let

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31 October 2018

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