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Michael W Smith Biography, Age, Wife, Family, Albums and Songs

Michael W Smith Biography

Michael W Smith in full Michael Whitaker Smith is an American musician. He was born on October 7, 1957 in Kenova, West Virginia to Paul and Barbara Smith. His father was an oil refinery worker at the Ashland Oil Refinery, in nearby Catlettsburg, Kentucky. His mother was a caterer.

He developed a love for music as a child through his church. He learned piano at an early age and sang in his church choir. At the age of 10, he had “an intense spiritual experience” that led to his becoming a devout Christian. He became involved in Bible study and found a group of older friends who shared his faith. After his older Christian friends moved away to college, Smith began to struggle with feelings of loneliness and alienation. After graduating from high school, he moved to alcohol and drugs.

He attended Marshall University while developing his songwriting skills but dropped out after one semester. He also played with various local bands around Huntington, West Virginia. During that time, his friend Shane Keister, who worked as a session musician in Nashville, encouraged him to move to Nashville, the Country Music capital, and pursue a career in music.

In 1978, Smith moved to Nashville, taking a job as a landscaper to support himself. He played with several local bands in the Nashville club scene. He also developed a problem with substance abuse.

Michael W Smith

Michael W Smith

In November 1979, Smith suffered a breakdown that led to his recommitment to Christianity. He auditioned for a new contemporary Christian music (CCM) group, Higher Ground, as a keyboardist and got the job. His lead vocals were heard on much of CCM radio with the single, “I Am”. 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.

In 1981, while he was playing keyboards for Higher Ground, Smith was signed as a writer to Meadowgreen Music, where he wrote numerous gospel hits penned for artists such as Sandi Patty, Kathy Troccoli, Bill Gaither and Amy Grant.

Michael W Smith Age

He was born on October 7, 1957.

Michael W Smith Wife

His wife is Deborah Kay Davis.

Michael W Smith Family

His father was an oil refinery worker and his mother was a caterer and church secretary. He has one sister, Kim. He has five children; Whitney Katherine Smith-Mooring, Emily Allison Smith, Tyler Michael Smith, Anna Elizabeth Smith, and Ryan Smith.

Michael W Smith Songs

  • Open the Eyes of My Heart
  • Let It Rain
  • Agnus Dei
  • Above All
  • I Will Be Here For You
  • Awesome God
  • The Heart of Worship
  • Healing Rain
  • Place in This World
  • Great Is The Lord
  • Ancient Words
  • Draw Me Close
  • Sovereign Over Us
  • Secret Ambition
  • A New Hallelujah
  • More Love, More Power
  • You Won’t Let Go
  • Friends
  • You Are Holy
  • Draw Me Close To You
  • Lord Have Mercy
  • Sky Spills Over
  • Do You Dream of Me
  • Somewhere Somehow
  • Here I Am to Worship
  • This Is Your Time
  • There She Stands
  • Deep In Love With You
  • Step by Step / Forever We Will Sing
  • Christ Be All Around Me
  • Mighty to Save
  • I Will Be Your Friend

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