It truly is remarkable that we are writing about Michael W. Smith and his new music. Not that he is not as talented as he was in the early 80’s when he made his debut as Amy Grant’s pianist, but the remarkable part comes in when you look at the music catalog or music history that Smitty has created. When asked by Johnny and Stacey Stone from Family Life Radio if he thought he would still be doing music after all of this time, Michael stated, “No, I mean I was pretty confident that something could happen but never to this (laughs), never to think I would still be doing this 25 years later.”
And now, 25 years later, he has sold more than 15 million albums, won more than 40 Dove Awards, published 13 books (plus two cookbooks with his mom) and won three Grammy Awards. That does not come close to covering the concerts, White House visits and the church he began in Franklin, Tennessee. Smitty’s future includes his new album Sovereign, with his new record company Capitol Christian Music Group and a new day for his fans. The deluxe edition include a DVD of the concert filmed at Smitty’s barn near his home. Special guests include Kari Jobe and Leeland Mooring (who happens to be Smitty’s son-in-law). There will also be a section where Michael shares about the inspiration behind the songs on Sovereign and behind the scenes footage.
You may find yourself wondering, did Michael W. Smith have a back-up plan in case his incredible career never happened? So, Johnny and Stacey asked him for you, “um, not really. I just thought that if I could write songs, make a living just writing songs for other people,” explained Smitty. “And no, I didn’t have a back-up plan. And you know I dropped out of college so I didn’t have anything to kinda go back on. I probably would have had to go back to school but yea, it’s just pretty interesting how the whole thing unfolded.”
When Michael was asked by President George W. Bush after the September 11th, 2001 to write a song for the country, he put the words everyone was feeling into “There She Stands”. Now as the 9/11 Memorial Museum is opened for the first time, the words still stand true:
When evil calls itself a martyr
When all your hopes come crashing down
Someone will pull her from the rubble
There she stands