Maybe not sexuality. To me, if there’s anything that comes out of this conversation, in the same way that a relationship cannot be nurturing if it’s competitive, it’s this: When you don’t understand something, you can either default to judgment or you can default to compassion. Enter contests to win great prizes like CDs, DVDs, concert tickets and more. Because that’s what every person’s crying out for. It’s like saying, “There’s gray-haired people in the crowd, too.” If people come to my shows, this is what they say: “Wow, there are people of all ages and lifestyles in your crowd.” That’s what they always say. How did you know? It just feels like collective life experience. I was honored to be invited. In 1986, Smith released The Big Picture. The first one was “How Mercy Looks From Here,” and with all the stuff going on I could hardly get the song out. In 1996, Smith opened his own record label, Rocketown Records. What’s interesting is, this last year I was invited on Monday mornings to go to a woman’s house – also a songwriter, also a singer – and just have some time of quiet stillness all together. That’s just true about all of life and really, I’m trying to listen and learn and in a way have a great opportunity to try to understand the fan base that comes to a show. In 2014, Smith released three albums, Hymns, Sovereign, and The Spirit of Christmas. So how do you respond to people when they ask you about your feelings on gay marriage? After graduating from high school, he gravitated toward alcohol and drugs. Everybody.  In 1999, ASCAP awarded him with the "Golden Note" Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting, and in 2014 they honored him as the "cornerstone of Christian music" for his significant influence on the genre. There’s the sound of sirens going up and down the street. And I’m gonna go do what I’m gonna go do. People feel that for all kinds of reasons, and by the time you’ve lived any amount of life, I think anybody has had that experience somewhere. I just said, “Tell me about your life.” He asked me the same thing. It was Anthony Romero (executive director of the ACLU). There is a lot going on, yes. What do you mean by that?  The album sold almost 16,000 copies in its first week, and debuted at No. And friends are friends forever If the Lord's the Lord of them And a friend will not say never 'Cause the welcome will not end Though it's hard to let you go In the Father's hands we know That a lifetime's not too long to live as friends With the faith and love God's given Springing from the faith we know We will pray the joy you live in Try it free. There’s a lot going on in the world right now, especially with the Boston Marathon bombing and the Texas plant explosion. , Smith is also friends with U2 singer Bono and they have collaborated on a Christmas album as well as One Campaign.  It was also the best-selling Christian music album for the week of April 19, 2014, and won a 2014 Dove Award for "Inspirational Album of the Year". You know, one of the most fascinating dinners I’ve ever spent sitting next to somebody I had not met was at a large function with my family. He is also an avid spokesperson for sponsoring children through Compassion International. Later in early 2003, the club was moved to a new location—a renovated warehouse in downtown Nashville. Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith proving that friends are forever. To me, I don’t give it a second thought. There were workers there sometimes, or there was nowhere to get that was quiet. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletters today!  His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when "Place in This World" hit No. I remember doing concerts back in the early ’80s and going shopping with some of the singers that I was working with and one of them, Donna McElroy, had to get some makeup – and she’s African-American – and I said, “Hey, I’ll meet you back here.” I ran my errands and I came back and said, “Are you done?” She said, “No one’s waited on me.” Smith and his wife remain involved members of the church. Also in 2006, Smith did the score and soundtrack to the film The Second Chance, which he also starred in.  It also won a 2015 Dove Award for "Christmas Album of the Year". In 2002, Smith released a live concert DVD titled Worship, filmed live in Edmonton, Alberta at YC Alberta.  Smith was invited to play at the 2004 Republican National Convention singing "There She Stands", as well as the state funeral of George H. W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2018, singing "Friends". I mean, we didn’t line up our views; I just said, “Oh my goodness.” And he said, “I think they probably thought this was going to be very funny having us sit next to each other.” (Laughs) , Smith was also named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People" in 1992. Did you ever feel that you had to reconcile your Christian faith with your acceptance of homosexuality? This is interesting because I have never done an interview where it feels every question is saying, “Tell me I’m OK.” That’s what feels like the underlying energy behind the questions, and I’m just going, “That’s a powerful kind of energy” – and for different reasons. In the same way, if you put my shoes on, you would go, “I thought this experience was going to be one way and it was totally different.” None of us has any idea what somebody’s life experience is like. My mom and dad knew what I was doing. Older! The latter also includes two new songs, "Do You Dream of Me?" Struggling with Friends?  The album sold 12,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at No. Here's our fifth reason now why we should study the word of God The word of God will accomplish what it promises. Bush funeral: Former president remembered for integrity, service", "Michael W. Smith, Bono team up on Christmas album", "Bono and DATA Announce The One Campaign Photos and Images – Getty Images", "Michael W. Smith to bring 'Glory' to Wagner Noël", "BILLY GRAHAM HONORED: President honors Rev.  He has also starred in two films and published 14 books including This Is Your Time, which he worked with Christian author Gary Thomas to write. Become a better singer in 30 days with these videos! 1 Album, Michael Jackson Debuts at No. Target version of the album features a brand new Michael W. Smith song inspired by the Passion! I know you are not a political person. Also in 1999, he became the first Christian artist to receive the ASCAP "Golden Note" Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting. Amen so it I promise. And you found that inspiring? Whether settling down to start a family, putting down roots in a great location or simply expanding one's space, home ownership can be a thrilling part of anyone's life regardless of their reasons. Did a fan tell you his or her coming-out story? You know what’s so interesting, even when I was discovering my own sexuality and meeting people that had a different experience, I didn’t categorize then, and I don’t categorize right now. , On August 30, 2018, Smith hosted a free event at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena called "Surrounded: A Night to Pray, Worship and Be Awakened". , In May 2018, Smith launched a new children's book series, Nurturing Steps, which he created with VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. On TV, the Hero Is a Black Transman From Ann Arbor, OutCenter, 3 Other Michigan LGBTQ Centers Receive Hate Mail Citing Capitol Coup Attempt, Body of Missing Detroit Woman Natasha Keianna Found in Her Car, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Jason Morgan Appointed Northern Michigan University Trustee.  The two albums became his 30th and 31st top 10 entries in Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, the most among solo artists in the span of his career. Check out Friends by Michael W. Smith on Amazon Music. I was going, “Well, great, they’ll be playing this over and over on XM.” So, there were the nerves of this being the first time performing those songs for anybody. 11 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. It immediately topped the Billboard video charts and went gold in both the U.S. and Canada. Probably by the time I was 18. Smith was a personal friend of former President George H. W. Bush and is a friend of his son, former President George W. Live the Life (1998) and This Is Your Time (1999) follow the same style. I just want to go somewhere and sit and be very still. '” She said, “When we learn to observe without judgment, then we have the ability to observe and learn, or to observe and be.” And I said, “Do you know how exhausting it is to observe with judgment all the time? , Nearly all of Smith's albums include at least one instrumental track, and in 2000, Smith recorded his first all instrumental album, Freedom. The journey of faith is just being willing and open to have a relationship with God. I said, “Well, it works; the whole world should do it!”. In the same way that I did not tell one person who I voted for. Smith's concert in Draper, Utah, on July 24, 2012 was almost canceled due to a complaint filed by a Utah resident on July 16, 2012. , On February 22, 2019, Smith released Awaken: The Surrounded Experience, a live worship album.. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million and over 1 billion global streams. I’m 52. I was smokin' marijuana, drinking, doing some other drugs; just being crazy, you know.  He also has recorded 31 No. When the biggest Christian music artist of all time is doing gay press, you know we’ve come a long way. He also released a single from the soundtrack album, "All in the Serve". This album contained the first recording of his hit "Friends", which he co-wrote with his wife Deborah. On June 21, 2016, Smith released a new single titled "He Will Never End" which was originally released in March 2016 as a bonus track on the Target exclusive edition of The Passion: New Orleans soundtrack CD (2016). Amy Grant - I Will Be Your Friend Lyrics. You know what, we all face challenges in our life that we didn’t anticipate, and the most important thing is that we not face them alone. Smith's second hymns album, called Hymns II - Shine on Us, was released on January 29, 2016. The title track rose to No.  He inherited his love of baseball from his father, who had played in the minor leagues. It was released in October 2008.  The album marks Smith's third new album in 2014 to enter the Billboard 200, peaking at No. You’re right. I really started losing touch when I moved to Nashville, around April of '78. The following day the city council decided to cancel the concert, but a day later they decided to host the show as planned after all, following a criticism from a Utah evangelical group that equated cancelling the concert to an assault on religious liberty. Become a better singer in 30 days with these videos! To black people? Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician who has charted in both contemporary Christian and mainstream charts. But then someone will come up and say, “You know, I saw a guy with a boa on,” and I’ll say, “Oh yeah, yeah, I’ve always had a big gay following.” (Laughs) As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Cher, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. Smith is married to Deborah "Debbie" Kay Davis (b. In 1990, Smith released Go West Young Man, his first mainstream effort, which included the mainstream crossover hit single "Place in This World". Did you have a close gay friend? Anyway, sometimes a good night’s sleep helps for more concise answers. Amy Grant's career spans more than 40 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. Shop and Buy Friends sheet music. The first artist signed was Chris Rice, who had written "Go Light Your World", a No. (Laughs) You sort of go, “ Whew.  Smith sang "Just As I Am" in a tribute to Graham at the 44th GMA Dove Awards. But my first: maybe college. The declaration asked that "God would protect, strengthen, embolden and direct" Trump. Every time I'd wake up I knew: This isn't me. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.  He also sang it at the memorial service honoring Graham at the United States Capitol rotunda on February 28, 2018.. It makes me realize that I don’t have any idea of what it would feel like every moment of my life to go somewhere and feel judged.  Smith is also the founding pastor of New River Fellowship church in Franklin, Tennessee, where he was the lead pastor from 2006 to 2008. And it doesn’t help to throw gas on the fire. , Later in 2016, Smith released a Christmas musical project in a collaboration with Wes King, Bradley Knight, and Luke Gambill called Almost There – A Christmas Musical. I remember seeing this transformation in my mom and dad. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. “I haven't had this experience in ten years,” adds Grant. There it is. As a child, he developed a love of music through his church. Get unlimited access to exclusive TBN content and the latest episodes on demand from anywhere in the world. You just work on your technique and then it becomes like muscle memory. It was on his first tour with Higher Ground, playing mostly in churches, that Smith was finally able to put the drugs and alcohol behind him.. 1 year ago. That’s not my life experience. 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Smith Announces Exclusive "Hymns" Release at Cracker Barrel", "Chart Moves: 'God's Not Dead' Sales Surge, London Grammar Gains, Karmin's Full-Length Arrives", "Christian Albums (link shows current list and at the bottom there's an archive for every week back to year 2000)", "Dove Awards 2014 Winners: Pre-Show Awards Given Out to Switchfoot, Skillet, Michael W. Smith, and More", "Interview with Michael W. Smith: 'You Won't Let Go, "The Black Keys Earn First No. Even more glad after this. His father was an oil refinery worker at the Ashland Oil Refinery, in nearby Catlettsburg, Kentucky. After the release of his 1988 effort, i 2 (EYE), Smith once again collaborated with Grant for her "Lead Me On" world tour. A call from Amy Grant started as these promo chats usually do. Can you describe your relationship with them? Maybe not. Well, I don’t know. I just did, with the band, a kind of unplugged performance for SiriusXM Radio. There are a lot of times that I wind up in situations that I do not see eye to eye with somebody. Premiering Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm EST/8:00 pm CST on TBN, Jaci Velasquez hosts Remember The Music: Friends Forever, with special guests Amy Grant and friends. Just to people. 16 as of December 2014[update]. , In 2018, he sang and played piano at Billy Graham's memorial and funeral. The next day he auditioned for a new contemporary Christian music (CCM) group, Higher Ground, as a keyboardist and got the job. Everybody is outside of some circle, but what I’ve always wanted to do is have a message of honesty and welcoming, and being willing to say this is the good, bad and the ugly. Unlike his first instrumental album, Freedom (2000), this album features a 65-piece orchestra at It’s just that we’re living lives that are different from each other.  Like his first hymns album released in 2014, the album was sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. I was old enough to remember that. I know that the religious community has not been very welcoming, but I just want to stress that the journey of faith brings us into community, but it’s really about one relationship. 1 adult contemporary hit "I Will Be Here for You". "I wore this big cross around my neck," he would recall, "It was very real to me. We could all stand to hear that. Billy Graham Capitol Service", "Billy Graham Honored at US Capitol Memorial Service; Trump Recalls Dad's Love for 'America's Pastor, "The Real Dubya (interview with Michael W. Smith)", "Remarks by the President at the National Republican Senatorial Committee Annual Dinner", "The politics of music: Musicians mobilize for and against President Bush", "George H.W. Smith is actively involved in volunteer service and is vice chair of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, which is chaired by Jean Case of the Case Foundation. The following year, Smith recorded his first Christmas album, simply titled Christmas (1989). , Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, an American Music Award recipient, and has earned 45 Dove Awards. 1 song recorded with two friends." That same month he began a tour with Steven Curtis Chapman. 1 hit song by Kathy Troccoli, in 1995. Billy Graham; body lies in honor at US Capitol", "Christian Artist Michael W. 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Available with an Apple Music subscription. How does this new album reflect your life at this point? And everybody is welcome. Yeah, and that’s really … ahh, I’m just talking about life in general. I did tell Vince (Gill, her husband) the day after the election.  In addition, he collaborated with his son on the score and soundtrack for this film. It feels like this is going to be the least required of me as a person to sell the songs.  Sovereign, released on May 13, 2014, is his first studio worship album and his first album released through Capitol Records, after leaving his long-time label Reunion Records in 2013. Singer to Fulfill Prophecy Over Nashville", "Michael W. Smith Discography, Michael W. Smith Artist Database | Jesusfreakhideout.com", "Michael W. Smith Coming to a Theater Near You", "Michael W. Smith Moved to Tears on FOX's The Passion Set", "Michael W. Smith Leads "Just As I Am" During Rev. On June 20, 2008, Smith recorded his third live Worship album at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, titled A New Hallelujah. 1958) and has five children: Ryan, Whitney Katherine Mooring (married to Jack Mooring of the band Leeland), Tyler Michael (keyboard player for the United Tour), Anna Elizabeth, and Emily Allison. I will say that I have a couple of friends that I made – just because they came to shows for a long time – and I figure we must have some things in common because, of all the music we’re all attracted to, at least we share this music in common. To me, it feels essentially about the message of the songs and not even a reflection of me. Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Bono, I don’t know. Release Date - … Maybe so. What I remember about our home after that was that it was welcoming … to everybody. 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