Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith

is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter. He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian Music. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and he has earned 34 Dove Awards. Over the course of his 24-year career, he has sold more than 13 million albums and he has recorded 29 number-one hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums.

He along with Amy Grant, were the first Christian artists that I listened to and he's still producing great music all these years later!

Hear 1 minute samples of his music here.

So Great was one of the songs written during the recent Compassionart songwriters retreat in Perthshire, Scotland. All the songwriters, publishers, managers, copyright institutes and agents involved have all waived their rights and are donating their efforts on this project to Compassionart. The songs are to be given through Compassionart to the world not just to sing, but also to raise money for the relief of suffering around the planet. One half of the money received over the songs’ lifetimes will go to the songwriters’ charity of choice, and the other 50% will go to a charitable project agreed upon by all the songwriters involved.

Michael W. Smith is joined by Israel Houghton and Christy Nockels on "So Great," the first single released from the Compassionart retreat. Listen to the song "So Great".

This is Your Time was inspired by the suggestion that Cassie Bernall, a student killed in the Columbine High School massacre, had answered "yes" to the question "Do you believe in God?" moments after seeing another student killed for answering "yes" to that same question.

Above All was the song Jim Cavaziel listened to again and again as he portrayed Jesus in The Passion.

To pass the time during the tedious filming delays, Caviezel listened to music on headphones. One song in particular, Michael W. Smith’s “Above All,” helped him get through the filming of the crucifixion scenes.

He felt “rejected and alone as all those around me laughed while drinking their hot coffees, oblivious to what was occurring. Jesus must have felt like this—forsaken, rejected, alone, and despised. The song helped me pray in a very deep way—to pray without words, to pray from the heart. The discomfort, the loneliness, the split shoulder, the raw flesh all forced me into the arms of God because I had nowhere else to go for a performance I knew I was unable to create.”

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