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Cracker Barrel Partners with MWS for Christmas Tour
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Partners With Michael W. Smith to Sponsor Nationwide Christmas Tour

Tour to set stage for exclusive Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® release of “Michael W. Smith Hymns II – Shine On Us”

Press Release:

LEBANON, Tenn. (Dec. 1, 2015) – Michael W. Smith will once again partner with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® for his nationwide Christmas tour and the exclusive “Michael W. Smith Hymns II – Shine On Us” album, which releases Jan. 29, 2016.

The tour will hit more than a dozen markets this holiday season, including Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and more. Smith’s long-time friend and fellow Grammy Award winner Amy Grant will co-bill the tour in select cities. Complemented by a full symphony orchestra, the show will feature favorites from Smith’s latest Christmas release “Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas,” which includes an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald.

Smith’s partnership with Cracker Barrel began with the exclusive release of the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) Dove Award winning “Michael W. Smith – Hymns” album in 2014. The success of that project led to a second record, “Michael W. Smith Hymns II – Shine On Us,” available exclusively at Cracker Barrel this January. The holiday tour will wrap a busy year for the three-time Grammy Award winner. In his continued support, Smith was the featured performer at the recent 2015 United Service Organizations (USO) Gala. Having already made treks in Brazil and the United States, the multi-platinum selling artist continued his world tour with stops in South Korea, Philippines, Singapore and Japan last month. In October, Smith earned his 45th GMA Dove Award, taking home the trophy for “Christmas Album of the Year.”

Christmas Tour 2015:
Dec. 04 Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center / Bowling Green, KY
Dec. 05 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion / Houston, TX
Dec. 06 American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
Dec. 08 Resurrection Life Church / Grandville, MI
Dec. 09 Fox Theatre / Detroit, MI
Dec. 11 Scottrade Center / St. Louis, MO
Dec. 12 Target Center / Minneapolis, MN
Dec. 13 Denny Sanford Premier Center / Sioux Falls, SD
Dec. 15 Cincinnati Music Hall / Cincinnati, OH
Dec. 16 Bell Shoals Baptist Church / Brandon, FL
Dec. 18 Gwinnett Center / Atlanta, GA
Dec. 19 Greensboro Coliseum / Greensboro, NC
Dec. 20 EagleBank Arena / Fairfax, VA

Official Press Release
01 December 2015

Michael's Father, Paul Whitaker Smith, Passes Away
Michael's father, Paul Whitaker Smith, passed from this life to be with the Lord on November 20th. Sincere condolences to Michael and family ... our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time. More information at the link below:

Celebrating the Life of Paul Smith
21 November 2015

Sky Spills Over New Music Video Released
Michael's new music video, Sky Spills Over, has been released. Watch it at the link below:

Michael W. Smith Sky Spills Over MusicVideo

Watch Sky Spills Over Music Video

26 May 2015

MWS With Phillips Craig and Dean and Mark Lowry Concerts
News Release: Michael W. Smith, Phillips Craig and Dean, and Mark Lowry Unite for a Hymns Tour Hitting Markets This September:

Nashville, Tenn. (May 22, 2015) - Beginning September 22, GRAMMY® award-winning artist Michael W. Smith will embark on a nightly concert hymns tour, bringing his hits and famous church classics alongside comedian Mark Lowry and longtime trio Phillips, Craig, and Dean (PCD). The tour will run through the month of September, beginning in Bemidji, Minn. and concluding in Reading, Pa.

In 2014, Smith released his very first traditional hymns album, partnering with the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® for its release. The best-selling Hymns album won the 2014 Dove Awards for 'Inspirational Album of the Year' and includes inspirational songs that he remembers singing in church when young.

'This tour really is a bit of a dream come true for me,' Smith shares. 'I have such deep respect for Randy, Shawn and Dan (PCD) and I’ve always been a fan of Mark Lowry. Sharing the stage and performing the classic Hymns of the church will be such a unique and great experience. I’m really, really looking forward to this tour.'

After a successful Alaska cruise tour in 2014 featuring PCD, Smith decided to connect with PCD a second time. In planning the 2014 nightly concerts, the artists decided that it might be fun to do a night of all hymns. So – with no formal rehearsal, they made a set list, took the stage together, and sang classics for more than an hour. It was decided that very night that the two artists would set out on another hymnal tour, but this time with the addition of Lowry.

Lowry’s performance will bring a special element to the tour. Not only known for his comedic antics, Lowry was raised in the church and had the opportunity to sing with Bill Gaither for many years. 'I'm so excited that Smitty, PCD and I are going to get to travel to a bunch of cities this fall and perform all 'hims.' ' Mark comments, 'I guess we'll perform all 'hers' next year ... sorry ladies.'


Randy Phillips with PCD states, 'Michael W. Smith sings songs that draw my heart closer to God. Mark Lowry, through his unique humor, helps me not to take myself too seriously. As Phillips, Craig and Dean enter our 25th year together, it is indeed an honor to be on stage with men who have created such a legacy.


Additional information and tickets are available at http://www.michaelwsmith.com


All Dates Subject to Change
September 22 – Bemidji, MN
September 23 – Eau Claire or Rockford
September 24 – Bowling Green, OH
September 25 – Shipshewana, IN
September 27 – Greenville, NC
September 28 – Columbus, OH
September 29 – Greenburg, PA
September 30 – Reading, PA

26 May 2015

MWS and Friends 2016 Caribbean Cruise Announced
The Michael W. Smith and Friends 2016 Caribbean Cruise has been announced. The cruise departs July 2, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale Florida and returns July 9, 2016. The cruise will visit Philipsburg St. Maarten, San Juan Puerto Rico, and Labadee Haiti. For more information, click the link below.

Michael W. Smith and Friends Caribbean Cruise 2016

MWS and Friends 2016 Caribbean Cruise Information

10 April 2015

Michael W. Smith Surprises Fort Campbell Family
Michael surprised a Fort Campbell family at a Cracker Barrel recently. See the news story and video at the link below.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A surprise visit by singer Michael W. Smith brightened the day of Staff Sergeant Rafael Panduro Wednesday at the Cracker Barrel in Clarksville.

'He's in there with his wife and two daughters. They don't know that I'm coming,' said Smith just before walking into the restaurant...

Full News Story and Video
05 December 2014

Michael W. Smith Spirit of Christmas Tour Begins 11/30
The Spirit of Christmas Tour with Michael W. Smith begins November 30th for 13 concerts. The tour is presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and will feature special guest Rachael Lampa. Amy Grant will join the tour for three concert dates on December 12th, 13th, and 15th. For all cities and dates click Concert Tour Dates below.

Concert Tour Dates
14 November 2014

The Spirit of Christmas Album Released
The Michael W. Smith and Friends: The Spirit of Christmas album has been released. This collection is a multi-artist project.

Track List:

1. The Miracle of Christmas
2. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
3. Happy Holidays/Holiday Season
4. Christmas Time Is Here (with Vince Gill)
5. White Christmas (with Lady Antebellum)
6. Somewhere In My Memory
7. The Spirit of Christmas (Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Feels Like Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful)
8. Silent Night (with Little Big Town)
9. What Child Is This (with Martina McBride)
10. Almost There (with Amy Grant)
11. All Is Well (with Carrie Underwood)
12. Christmas Day (with Jennifer Nettles)
13. The Darkest Midnight (Spoken Word by Bono)
14. Peace (with Special Guest Michael McDonald)

The Spirit of Christmas

Order The Spirit of Christmas

30 September 2014

New Christmas Album Coming September 30th
Michael's new Christmas album has been announced. Titled Michael W. Smith and Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, this collection is a multi-artist project scheduled for release on September 30th.

From the press release:

This project includes some of country music's most popular artists, including Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Nettles and Vince Gill. U2 leader Bono and Michael McDonald also appear.

I think Nashville is home to some of the most talented people on Earth. To get to sing with artists like Carrie Underwood, Lady A, Michael McDonald — really, everyone on this album — was such an honor,' Smith tells Rolling Stone Country.

Track List:

1. The Miracle of Christmas
2. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
3. Happy Holidays/Holiday Season
4. Christmas Time Is Here (with Vince Gill)
5. White Christmas (with Lady Antebellum)
6. Somewhere In My Memory
7. The Spirit of Christmas (Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Feels Like Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful)
8. Silent Night (with Little Big Town)
9. What Child Is This (with Martina McBride)
10. Almost There (with Amy Grant)
11. All Is Well (with Carrie Underwood)
12. Christmas Day (with Jennifer Nettles)
13. The Darkest Midnight (Spoken Word by Bono)
14. Peace (with Special Guest Michael McDonald)

The Spirit of Christmas

Order The Spirit of Christmas

21 August 2014

Michael W. Smith and Friends Israel Tour Announced
The Michael W. Smith and Friends Israel Tour has been announced and will take place March 13-23, 2016. More information to be available soon.

MWS Israel 2016

Michael W. Smith and Friends Israel Tour 2016

20 July 2014

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