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