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Michael's First Traditional Hymn Album Out 3/24
First Album of Traditional Church Hymns for Legendary Contemporary Christian Music Entertainer

LEBANON, Tenn. (March 05, 2014) – Just in time for the Easter season, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Michael W. Smith announce the release of Hymns, Smith’s newest album, which will be available on March 24 exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The digital album will also be available for purchase at select digital retailers. This is the first time in his legendary career that Smith has recorded an album of traditional hymns, including many that he sang in church when he was young. The album contains 15 songs and will sell for $11.99.

'I first heard many of these hymns when I attended First Baptist Church in Kenova, West Virginia with my Mom, Dad, and sister Kimberly,' said Smith. 'The message of the songs combined with the timeless music helped build the foundation of my Christian beliefs. I have always wanted to record an album of hymns, and am thankful that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® wanted to share it with their guests.'

'We are honored that Michael W. Smith has chosen to release his first-ever traditional hymns album with Cracker Barrel,' said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. 'Hymns is filled with beautiful and beloved songs that we know our guests will enjoy and treasure for years.'

Hymns was produced by Kyle Lee and Jim Daneker, with track no. 15 produced by Smith. The album’s executive producers are Greg Ham and Chaz Corzine. The songs on Hymns are as follows:

1) 'The Old Rugged Cross' (written by George Bennard)
2) 'My Jesus, I Love Thee' (written by William R. Featherston)
3) 'Were You There' (written by C. Winfred Douglas)
4) 'Victory in Jesus' (written by E.M. Bartlett)
5) 'How Great Thou Art' (written by Stuart K. Hine)
6) 'Just As I Am' (written by Charlotte Elliott)
7) 'Near the Cross' (written by Fanny Crosby)
8) 'It is Well' (written by Horatio Spafford)
9) 'Softly and Tenderly' (written by Will L. Thompson)
10) 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' (written by Isaac Watts)
11) 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus' (written by Joseph M Scriven)
12) 'Wonderful, Merciful Savior' (written by Dawn Rodgers and Eric Wyse)
13) 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' (written by Thomas O.Chisholm and William M. Runyan)
14) 'God of Our Fathers' (written by Daniel C. Roberts)
15) 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You' (written by Peter C. Lutkin)

The album features timeless Christian classics, with songs ranging in creation date from 1708 ('When I Survey the Wondrous Cross') to 1989 ('Wonderful, Merciful Savior'). The remaining thirteen songs were written between 1840 and 1953.

Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 28 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY Awards, one American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. Throughout his career, the Contemporary Christian artist has had the opportunity to sing for Presidents and national leaders, and counts among his friends the Reverend Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham. He actively supports the teen club Rocketown, Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham. Michael and his wife Debbie live in Middle Tennessee, where they raised their five children. For more information, visit www.michaelwsmith.com

Source: Press Release


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07 March 2014

Update: -  Hymns is now available

New Music Lyric Video for You Won't Let Go Released
Michael's latest single now has a music lyric video. The new You Won't Let Go lyric video is now available for viewing:

You Won't Let Go Music Video

04 March 2014

New Single! You Won't Let Go Released
Michael's latest single You Won't Let Go was released today and is now available on Amazon, and iTunes. You Won't Let Go is the first single from Michael's new album titled Sovereign that is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, May 13th 2014.

Buy You Won't Let Go

04 February 2014

Take Me Home Music Video Tribute to Billy Graham
Michael W. Smith's latest music video, Take Me Home, is a tribute to Reverend Billy Graham. See it at the link below:

Take Me Home Music Video

25 December 2013

Update: -  Editor's note: This is an awesome video and one of Michael's best. Simple. Inspiring. Wonderful. A must see!

New Song On Radio in January 2014
A new song from Michael's upcoming album will begin playing on radio stations in January. The song is titled You Won't Let Go. The new album is due out this spring.
22 December 2013

Michael On Sirius XM Radio Monday 12/23 to Christmas 12/25
Michael W. Smith will be on Sirius XM radio's The Message Channel from Monday December 23rd through Christmas Day December 25th. The show is titled The Message Christmas with Michael W. Smith and Friends. From Sirius XM radio: 'For the fifth straight year, Michael W. Smith shares his favorite Christmas music and stories, and invites his friends Jeremy Camp, Amy Grant and more to do the same.'
20 December 2013

Michael W. Smith Concert at The Kennedy Center
Michael W. Smith will perform at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC on Sunday January 26, 2014. A Historic Night at The Kennedy Center will feature Michael with a full symphony orchestra and a 250 voice choir. For more information and tickets click below:

Michael W. Smith at Kennedy Center

Michael W. Smith at The Kennedy Center

11 December 2013

Download Michael's Song Whitaker's Wonder for Free

For a limited time, download and hear Michael's song 'Whitaker's Wonder' for free:

Download Whitaker's Wonder

03 December 2013

Celebrate Christmas Tour Underway
Michael's Celebrate Christmas tour is underway. This year's tour features Angie Miller, an American Idol top 3 finalist in season 12. Third Day also joins the tour for three dates. For tour dates and cities click Tour Information below:

Tour Information

01 December 2013

Michael Performs on ABC's CMA Country Christmas Show
Michael will perform on the CMA Country Christmas show on ABC. The show airs Monday December 2nd at 9PM EST. More information:

CMA Country Christmas on ABC

30 Novmeber 2013

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