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About Michael W. Smith

Michael Whitaker Smith became one of the most enduringly popular artists on the contemporary Christian music scene, and also found considerable success as a mainstream artist. In 1981, he signed to Meadowgreen Music as a staff writer, providing gospel hits to Sandi Patti, Bill Gaither, and Amy Grant, among others. His 1983 debut album, Michael W. Smith Project, garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance. He then changed musical direction and began recording more rock-oriented music, and these more secular songs began breaking through to mainstream audiences. His periodic crossover success continued over the next three decades, with 2014's Sovereign becoming his first Top Ten appearance on the Billboard 200.

HOMETOWN
Kenova, WV
BORN
Oct 7, 1957

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