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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.
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
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.
31 October 2018
06 November 2018 Now Available
SURROUNDED Worship Event on TBN 10/29 8PM EST
Press release from MichaelWSmith.com|
SURROUNDED Worship Event To Be Broadcast on TBN on Monday, October 29th at 8 pm / 7 pm Central!
The live concert broadcast Surrounded: A Night of Worship, Prayer, and Awakening, is a truly incredible experience, one in which God brings revival to our hearts. You have the chance to encounter this incredible evening, and to share it with your friends, family, and anyone who might need a little more worship and prayer in their life.
We’re so excited to broadcast Surrounded: A Night of Worship, Prayer, and Awakening into every home with a TV or internet connection.
Broadcast Details: Monday, October 29th at 8/7c.
Where can I watch the broadcast? Use TBN’s Channel Finder to find your local TV station OR stream the concert live online at https://watch.tbn.tv/Watch the commercial here:
SURROUNDED Worship Event Commercial
Update: Watch the SURROUNDED Replay - Click Here
10 October 2018
Watch the replay here -> https://watch.tbn.tv/videos/surrounded-with-michael-w-smith
A Journey to Worship Documentary Video About Michael
TBN's Praise program presented a documentary about Michael titled A Journey to Worship. See the video at the link below.|
A Journey to Worship Video
21 June 2018
New Children's Album Lullaby Released
Michael's new children's album titled Lullaby is now available. From michaelwsmith.com:|
MICHAEL W. SMITH CREATES NURTURING STEPS™, RELEASES HIS FIRST CHILDREN’S ALBUM, BOOK… Introducing THE NIGHTY NIGHTS
Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith launches Nurturing Steps™, a new infant and toddler series with a simple mission to provide parents and grandparents with music and books to enliven a young child’s journey with hope and faith through song and storytelling.
The first new album, Lullaby, and book, Nighty Night and Good Night, from Nurturing Steps release May 4 and May 8 through The Fuel Music and Zonderkidz™ respectfully. These projects also mark the first-ever children’s album and book by Michael, each crafted in collaboration with renowned VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. The book is available now to preorder through NurturingSteps.com or favorite online retailers.
“One of the greatest joys of my life is being a parent and a grandparent,” says Michael, the father of five, who is called “G-Daddy” by his 14 grandkids. “I want to serve the next generation well. That’s why I created Nurturing Steps, to provide stories and songs that will help shape the faith of our newest generation.”
For Lullaby, Michael meaningfully arranges his worldwide hits like “Agnus Dei” and “Friends” along with new ballads “No More Crying,” “Sleep Tight” and more, and leads an audio bedtime drama for young children with the Nighty Night characters. The Nighty Nights also join Michael as his band with Bear on Guitar, Lamby on Keys and Sleepy Puppy on Upright Base.
In Nighty Night and Good Night, members of the Nighty Night band are further called upon to help their friend, Ben, as he tries to fall asleep. After bedtime prayers and some going-to-sleep rituals are done, a lullaby sung by the band of animals including Bear, Sleepy Puppy and Lamby finally does the trick.
“I have wonderful memories of reading, singing and praying with my children before bed,” says Nawrocki. “It can be a sacred time with our little ones, and I’m thrilled to be able to partner with Michael to create stories that parents and grandparents can use to help pass important values on to their children and grandchildren.”
Known as one of the most influential Christian music artists in the world, Michael recently performed “A Million Lights” and “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” from his 5-star-aclaimed albums A Million Lights and Surrounded respectively on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America. He has also recently been featured by USA Today, Billboard, TBN, FOX News, CBN, Parade, Yahoo! Music and many more outlets as these albums became his 30th and 31st Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart, more than any other solo artist in history.
Taking the new music and fan favorites from his extensive repertoire on the road internationally, Michael begins his “Israel Tour 2018” next week before continuing his “Sounded By A Million Lights World Tour” that is traversing the eastern half of the US this spring prior to wrapping up May 13 in Joplin, MO. Already seeing packed venues, this full-production tour is being presented by Compassion International and features special guest Nathan Tasker.
Even in the midst of his busy schedule, Michael makes time for his children and grandchildren and treasures the special moments he has to speak into their lives.
“I hope they see these books and this music as a gift to them, to remember that they are loved as they fall asleep every night,” says Michael.
Following the release of Lullaby and Nighty Night and Good Night, additional Nurturing Steps titles releasing this fall will be announced.
04 May 2018
Love Always Wins Music Video Released
From michaelwsmith.com: 'GOOD FRIDAY! Today we remember that LOVE ALWAYS WINS. As a gift in celebration of this weekend, Michael W. Smith is releasing the lyric video for his song Love Always Wins off his new album A Million Lights.'|
Love Always Wins Music Video
30 March 2018
Michael To Release New Children's Book
Michael will be releasing a new children's book in May titled Nighty Night and Good Night. It is available now from Amazon.|
From Amazon's description: 'This book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith sing the same lullaby that helps put Ben to sleep. 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. The cover of Nighty Night and Good Night includes an adorable image of the Nighty Nights and a title that shines with foil.'
Order Book from Amazon
22 March 2018
5/8/2018 Now Available
TBN Interview With Michael About New Albums
Michael's in-depth interview by Matt and Laurie Crouch on TBN's Praise program discusses his two new albums A Million Lights and SURROUNDED and other background subjects. |
A Million Lights and SURROUNDED Interview on TBN
27 February 2018
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