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MICHAEL W. SMITH RELEASES LONG-AWAITED SECOND INSTRUMENTAL PROJECT, GLORY
Posted August 29, 2011

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MICHAEL W. SMITH RELEASES LONG-AWAITED
SECOND INSTRUMENTAL PROJECT, GLORY

Smithís 23rd Career Studio Album Available Nov. 22


(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Aug. 29, 2011 -- One of contemporary Christian musicís most enduring and beloved artists, Michael W. Smith presents the highly anticipated instrumental follow-up to his 2000 RIAA Gold-selling album, Freedom. Titled Glory, the project, Smithís 23rd career record, will be available at national retail outlets on
Nov. 22.

Recorded with a 65-piece orchestra at Londonís prestigious AIR Studios (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Peter Gabriel, Pirates of the Caribbean, ìThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treaderî), Glory was arranged by Smithís longtime friend David Hamilton and features a moving collection of original music. Included on the album, produced by Smith, are ìGlory ñ The Overture,î ìThe Patriot,î ìHeroes,î ìWhitakerís Wonder,î ìRedemption,î ìAtonement,î ìThe Romance,î ìThe Tributeî and a larger-than-life symphonic version of ìAgnus Dei.î

Smith comments, ìIíve said many times that Freedom is my favorite record, so Iím very excited to be releasing my second instrumental record. I think the people that enjoyed Freedom will love this one; and I actually think some of the unique musical twists this project is taking will open it up to a whole new audience as well.î

On the inspiration for Glory, Smith notes, ìWhen I work with an orchestra I feel like Iím in my element. I often think of the film ëChariots of Fireí and the famous quote by the filmís hero Eric Liddell. He says, ëwhen I run I feel His pleasure.í This statement encompasses my experience when I work on instrumental music. When Iím able to see sweeping melodies and epic, cinematic songs come to fruition, itís like I am offering a prayer to our Father in Heaven.î

Glory will be released via MWS Group and distributed by Provident Distribution/Sony Music. Standby for additional on Smithís forthcoming fall and winter tours. For a list of current tour dates, visit: www.michaelwsmith.com.

About Michael W. Smith
Throughout his 29-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His prior 22 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, three GRAMMY Æ Awards (from 13 nominations), 44 GMA Dove Awards and 33 No. 1 radio hits. In addition, he holds 16 Gold, 7 Platinum and 2 Double-Platinum albums for career sales of 15 million. Wonder, Smithís 22nd career album, released Sept. 28, 2010. Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009, Smith has scored film projects, written 12 books and been featured by media outlets including ìHannity,î NBCís ìToday,î ABCís ìGood Morning America,î ìNBC Nightly News,î ìLarry King Live,î ìFOX & Friends,î The Associated Press, Billboard, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and more.

Constantly giving back to the community, one of Smithís current projects is Rocketown ñ a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. ñ which serves as a safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He and wife of 30 years, Debbie, are the proud parents of five children.

For more information on Michael W. Smith, please visit: www.michaelwsmith.com, www.facebook.com/michaelwsmithofficial, or www.providentpress.com

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