When most people think of Michael W. Smith’s music, they think of contemporary Christian music. This extremely talented man is one of the most influential Christian singers of today, but he also has enjoyed great success in mainstream secular music. With three Grammy’s and 36 Dove awards, he is without doubt one of the great musicians of our day.
With more than 13 million albums sold, Michael W. Smith offers hope and joy in his music and his love of God truly shines through in his tone and style. Some of his number one hits include Here I Am, Breath, Great is the Lord, Jesus is the Answer, and many more.
A brief look at a Michael W. Smith’s career profile immediately erase any doubt as to his talent. Smith began as a keyboard player for a group called Higher Ground. He soon landed his first contract as a songwriter and in 1981 met Debbie, his soon to be wife. Shortly after they married, Michael was hired to play keyboards for Amy Grant. Her managers decided that he had a great amount of potential but could not get a record company to sign him.
Unable to find a record company, Michael W Smith musical career was eventually launched on Reunion Records. His first album, The Michael W. Smith Project was released in 1983. Debbie wrote the lyrics and the album was the beginning of a long and rewarding career for Smith. Smith became Amy Grant’s opening act and continued to tour with her.
In 1984, Smith released his second album and several more albums and videos followed over the next few years. Smith released his first intentionally mainstream effort called Go West Young Man, in 1990. So popular is his music that people everywhere recognize works such as Place in this World and I Will Be Here for You. Whether you like Christian music or not, the chances are you will have probably heard some of Michael W. Smith’s music.
When the tragic Columbine shooting took place Smith was asked to perform at memorials for the students killed. He was so upset and touched by their stories that he decided to write about it. His song This is Your Time was inspired by one of the students, Cassie Bernall, who openly lived her life for God and wanted to spread His word.
Aside from music, Michael W. Smith has helped found a church, open youth centers, and has acted in a movie. He is also an accomplished writer with thirteen published books to his credit.
There are few talents as inspiring as Michael W. Smith. His life, music and Christian lyrics is an inspiration not only to his friends and family but also to millions of fans everywhere. As one of the most successful musicians of our time, he has helped to get the word of God to millions of people and has changed many lives for the better.
You can view a selection of Michael W. Smith's Christian song lyrics .