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  • "Emily" from The First Decade (1983-1993)
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  • "Goin' Through The Motions" from The Big Picture
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  • "Here I Am" from Healing Rain
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  • "How Great Is Our God" from Michael W. Smith Presents: Strings of Worship
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  • "How To Say Goodbye" from Stand
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  • "I See You" from Worship Again
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  • "Place In This World" from Go West Young Man
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  • "Prepare Ye The Way" from A New Hallelujah DVD
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  • "Pusuit Of The Dream" from The Big Picture
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  • "Rocketown" from Live In Concert: A 20 Year Celebration DVD
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  • "Save Me From Myself" from Wonder
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  • "Shout Unto God" from A New Hallelujah DVD
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  • "Somebody Love Me" from Change Your World
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  • "There She Stands" from Worship Again
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  • "When I Think Of You (Featuring The African Children's Choir)" from A New Hallelujah DVD
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  • "Wired For Sound" from The Big Picture
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    Even as defining as his platinum pop and worship albums have become, there is yet another musical side to Michael W. Smith that is as passionate and creative.  Ask the multiple GRAMMY Award winner whose songs have changed so many peoples’ lives to discuss his favorite film scores, and something changes within him.  Like a sports fan rattling off player stats, he runs through a list of movies and the composers who made them come alive; testifying to the innate spiritual power of wordless music alone.
    “I got hooked by watching Raiders of the Lost Ark in the theater like twenty-eight times,” he remembers. “I’d never heard a soundtrack like that—so epic.  I became a serious fan of John Williams, who also did Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, and Harry Potter.  I could hum something from everything he’s done.  I also really like Hans Zimmer (The Lion King), James Newton Howard (The Fugitive), and Ennio Morricone (The Mission).”
    More than any other mainstream Christian artist, Michael has certainly broadened his own genre’s listening ear.  Between 1999’s compelling This Is Your Time record and 2001’s much needed Worship set (released on September 11), he made the instrumental effort, Freedom, which has sold more than 500,000 copies.  It’s also the project many fans want more of and ask about most often: When are you going to make another one?
    The answer is now.  Glory, Smith’s twenty-third career album, feeds the enthusiasm its predecessor stirred and soundly exceeds expectations.  A sweeping cinematic statement rich in melodies, emotional range, and musical twists, it was born at a piano in Tennessee then completed with a 71-piece symphony orchestra in England at AIR Studios, where soundtracks for Pirates of the Caribbean and The Chronicles of Narnia were also done.
    In keeping with the very nature of Glory, Smitty lets the new music speak for itself, by and large remaining open to a listener’s personal interpretation of each grand selection. 
    “People said Freedom had something about it that made them feel good, that it was a spiritual experience,” he says.  “I don’t know if I could explain all that.  I just know I went down into a deeper place writing those songs, and it has happened again with Glory.”
    Smith believes words aren’t always necessary to convey meaning.  Sometimes expressions of praise are better stated through other means.
    “There’s a famous quote from another great movie - Chariots of Fire –that I could never forget, because it truly resonated in my heart,” he explains.  “The film’s hero Eric Liddell says of his relationship with God, ‘When I run I feel His pleasure.’  And when I play the piano I feel God’s pleasure; it’s just what I’m made to do.  We all have gifts, and we all have our story, and this is just my gift.”
    And it’s a gift that Michael W. Smith enthusiasts will enjoy like never before on Glory, a collection highlighting the beautiful depths of the artist’s unspoken inner life.  For music lovers who think beyond genre, it’s also a fascinating window into his creative process.
    Written and dramatically arranged by Michael, then brought into symphonic majesty with producer/conductor David Hamilton, Glory starts with a self-titled overture that sets the album’s tone as coming from a spiritual journeyman who is a heartfelt countryman and dedicated family man as well.  The opening solo piano part soon blossoms into a blend of tinkling bells, strings, and brass that Smith says was influenced by Williams’ E.T. score.
    “The Patriot” follows, an Americana melody lifted by woodwinds and flutes that stirs images of bravery and a victorious homecoming.  Similarly, “Heroes” was inspired by the sacrifices U.S. soldiers have made throughout history and are still making today.
    Further in, family and friends influence Glory on several occasions.  “Whitaker’s Wonder,” named after Michael’s grandson, who is named after his grandfather’s famous middle initial, is perfectly kidlike.  Plucking away in a dreamy style comparable to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Smitty says he wrote the piece in one fun swoop and credits Hamilton for the unexpected key modulations and engaging time signature changes.
    “Tribute” was written to honor the sixtieth anniversary of President George and Barbara Bush who first heard Michael perform for them at the White House.  Along those lines, he wrote “The Romance” for his wife, Debbie, and the soaring “Soundtrack to My Life” as a musical rendering of the blessed paths God has faithfully led him down.
    You can hear distinctly trying moments of the Christian journey on “This War/Glory Battle,” a rhythmically driven tune depicting spiritual warfare with an intense piano riff that Smith describes as “Gladiator meets Braveheart.”  He confesses to “a little sadness” in the melody of “Joy Follows Suffering.” 
    The mood is duly brighter on “Redemption,” an upbeat classical selection that again employs what Smitty calls “a little John Williams trick . . . isn’t that fun?” where a bold key change suddenly elicits a strong emotional response in the listener.  His musical passion is likewise evident on the cascading “Atonement,” where he shifts the feeling back down toward the end by breaking into an entirely new piece of music—a technique Hamilton suggested that was often used by the pianist Frederic Chopin.
    “That’s the stuff I would have known a long time ago if I’d practiced more,” he laughs. 
    While the fact that Michael imagined each note heard on Glory clearly highlights his sophisticated talent as a serious musician, he isn’t planning on taking the place of Williams or any other Hollywood film scoring legend anytime soon.  His first love was the pop song, figuring out The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” by ear as a child.  Soon enough he would stop formal piano lessons, join bands, and move from West Virginia to Nashville, becoming a Christian artist whose dozens of No. 1 hits and fifteen million albums sold would impact a worldwide audience that could never be calculated.
    “I’ve been given this amazing platform to sing about the truth, and I have to stay that course, especially in terms of doing concerts” he says.  “Touring with Amy Grant this past year, we would meet people who—and I say this with complete humility—felt we were just part of the fabric of their lives growing up.  It’s very emotional to see them respond to certain songs.  It’s almost like: I was a part of that? It’s like a dream.”
    Glory closes with one of those certain songs, a breathtaking instrumental version of “Agnus Dei” that simply explodes in glory to God.
    “If I had to give you one word to describe this record, it would be ‘journey,’” Smith concludes.  “Everyone is on a journey, and I love how the journey ends on this album.”

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    Wow | Posted November 30, 2011
    Eish l don't know where to start from. MWS has been a blessing in the worship music. All albums i will tell you are just inspirational and filled with intense worship. Please make a plan to come to Zimbabwe so as to encourage us and uplift us in music. Africa all of it would appreciate your tours if you plan them.

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    New Album | Posted November 23, 2011
    I have been listening to your music for a long time and I have to say your new album is amazing. I wish the best for you and your ministry.

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    :) | Posted November 23, 2011
    I have been a fan for a long time

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    surprised by total instrumental cd | Posted November 18, 2011
    I have always enjoyed his vocal albums. This instrumental album is a treat to listen to. Very enjoyable.

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    Worship His Glory | Posted November 18, 2011
    This CD is so uplifting. It's excellence and symphonic simplicity transports one into a peaceful place of Worship. I don't know how you can "top" Freedom but somehow this is even better. When I worked at my church, one of the weapons of warfare was to always have praise music on and pray continually until the enemy was gone. I have adopted that in my daily life at home and work. What is also so gratifying is that MWS continues to be current, relevant and a statesman for CCM music. I am drawn closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. LM

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    Michael, you are so good | Posted November 17, 2011
    Michael W. Smith is one of the best christian worship Musician and knows how to touch the hearts of his fans and Listeners. Be blessed in your work for the Lord!! I hope you could read this.

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    Smitty is the Best | Posted November 16, 2011
    Smitty is the first Christian artist I listened to, and I grew up with his music guiding my way. So many of his songs hit where I was at the time, spoke in words I couldn't express. I'll be a lifetime fan.

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    :) | Posted November 16, 2011
    One absloutely talented musician. I totally love his music :)

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    wow | Posted November 16, 2011
    A great artist - has delivered some amazing content over the years! Some great orchestral arrangements too.

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    Greatest singer | Posted November 15, 2011
    You are my most favorite singer. I love your songs. You are a great blessing.

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