If you and I were facing each other at a different table and we walked away and somebody asked us to describe where we were, my entire view was behind your head. When you’ve done something for a long time, there is a great familiarity that comes over the years.  It was also the best-selling Christian music album for the week of April 19, 2014, and won a 2014 Dove Award for "Inspirational Album of the Year". I never talk about anything like that. Smith and his wife remain involved members of the church. I guess I have felt emotionally drained, but you’re right – it’s because of what’s been going on. Worship Again also includes a song that Smith wrote called "There She Stands", inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks. We could all stand to hear that. He also released his first children's album, Lullaby, to accompany the book. I guess I’m kind of going, that was a long time ago. But then someone will come up and say, “You know, I saw a guy with a boa on,” and I’ll say, “Oh yeah, yeah, I’ve always had a big gay following.” (Laughs) Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician who has charted in both contemporary Christian and mainstream charts. As we were sitting there trying to get quiet, she said, “It never gets still, and so I’m not gonna get all rankled in my head.  He also sang it at the memorial service honoring Graham at the United States Capitol rotunda on February 28, 2018.. In 2014, Smith released three albums, Hymns, Sovereign, and The Spirit of Christmas. Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Bono, Those feelings change about different situations, and so because I’m a public person – and because I want always to bring people together – I really do say this is a world that’s unfamiliar to me and I am always trying to observe with compassion. Do you remember the first gay person you knew? Bush. In 2015, Smith starred as Cliff McArdle in the film adaptation of the best-selling book 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. Billy Graham Capitol Service", "Billy Graham Honored at US Capitol Memorial Service; Trump Recalls Dad's Love for 'America's Pastor, "The Real Dubya (interview with Michael W. Smith)", "Remarks by the President at the National Republican Senatorial Committee Annual Dinner", "The politics of music: Musicians mobilize for and against President Bush", "George H.W. My mom and dad knew what I was doing. Amy Grant - I Will Be Your Friend Lyrics. I know you have a thing for eating chips in the studio because the oil coats your throat. This isn’t a cut-and-dry issue for you, then. I just said, “Tell me about your life.” He asked me the same thing. On June 20, 2008, Smith recorded his third live Worship album at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, titled A New Hallelujah. I really started losing touch when I moved to Nashville, around April of '78. Yeah, that’s human nature to have an opinion. Whether settling down to start a family, putting down roots in a great location or simply expanding one's space, home ownership can be a thrilling part of anyone's life regardless of their reasons. Maybe not everywhere, but I just don’t remember, “I’m exploring this, I’m exploring that.”. This is barnabas and friends. , Smith is also friends with U2 singer Bono and they have collaborated on a Christmas album as well as One Campaign. Yeah, and that’s really … ahh, I’m just talking about life in general. Unlike his first instrumental album, Freedom (2000), this album features a 65-piece orchestra at I have to tell you: Anytime somebody asks me to perform at a wedding, I say, “I do not have a good track record.” (Laughs) A lot of the weddings I’ve performed at, the marriages have ended poorly. Did a fan tell you his or her coming-out story? Those take you down completely different roads. “What a mind-blowing honor, not only to have the chance to record with Amy and Michael, but to also have that song reach No. Enter contests to win great prizes like CDs, DVDs, concert tickets and more. Friends. Just from meeting people.  He inherited his love of baseball from his father, who had played in the minor leagues. Read why this interview with Amy Grant almost didn’t happen here …. “What a fun way to end the decade with a No. This album was followed by a sequel, Worship Again in 2002. He claimed that a show "conflated with prayer and worship" should remain in church or private property, not in the "public's backyard". Get unlimited access to exclusive TBN content and the latest episodes on demand from anywhere in the world. Which songs from the album were you performing? , In 2018, he sang and played piano at Billy Graham's memorial and funeral. From photos I’ve seen and conversations I’ve heard, you seem to have established some close relationships with people in the Gay Friends of Amy Grant group on Facebook over the years. https://www.facebook.com/LGBT-Friends-Of-Amy-Grant-1757726224554174  On June 27, 2016, he released the music video for the single which was filmed entirely in Israel in April 2016. And I’m gonna go do what I’m gonna go do. Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith FRIENDS & FIND A WAY - YouTube Why have gay people connected to you in such profound ways? Do people from a distance have an opinion?  A week after, on February 23, 2018, Smith released another album called Surrounded which is his first live worship album in ten years. As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Cher, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. Of course. (Laughs)  Smith was invited to play at the 2004 Republican National Convention singing "There She Stands", as well as the state funeral of George H. W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2018, singing "Friends". “I haven't had this experience in ten years,” adds Grant. Shop and Buy Friends sheet music.  The album sold almost 16,000 copies in its first week, and debuted at No. In 1994, Smith made his acting debut as Billy Holden in Secret Adventures: "Shrug". How did you know? But you have felt judged, right? What’s interesting is, this last year I was invited on Monday mornings to go to a woman’s house – also a songwriter, also a singer – and just have some time of quiet stillness all together. Judged for your pop crossover, even. That pressure’s not going to be there.” And I feel that way about the music. There it is.  Smith sang "Just As I Am" in a tribute to Graham at the 44th GMA Dove Awards. Double disc white vinyl limited edition Full album + 4 live tracks + commentary from Amy talking about the original recording process and more! I wasn’t part of that conversation. The venue offers a large dance floor, extensive indoor skate park, and a café hosting live acoustic music. I just want to go somewhere and sit and be very still. I said, “Well, it works; the whole world should do it!”. Tune in to watch and hear Amy share never-been-told-before stories from her storied and ongoing career in Christian music. 9 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. Smith, along with Amy Grant, was honored as the "cornerstone of Christian music" by ASCAP in 2014 for his significant influence on the genre. Smith won the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the GMA Music Awards in 2003. Judged for getting divorced. How does this new album reflect your life at this point? It’s just exhausting.” I have thanked her many times. It was two human beings that have had very different lifestyles sitting next to each other and sharing life. In 1998, Smith also released his second Christmas album, Christmastime. Smith was a personal friend of former President George H. W. Bush and is a friend of his son, former President George W. The following year, Smith began touring as a keyboardist for Grant on her Age to Age tour. 1 on the Radio & Records Charts and a music video for the song was released. What do you mean by that? You know, one of the most fascinating dinners I’ve ever spent sitting next to somebody I had not met was at a large function with my family.  The Mayor of Draper and several city council members were present at the event and were recognized for their support. Every time I'd wake up I knew: This isn't me. Live the Life (1998) and This Is Your Time (1999) follow the same style. I mean, we didn’t line up our views; I just said, “Oh my goodness.” And he said, “I think they probably thought this was going to be very funny having us sit next to each other.” (Laughs) I’m 52. In 2006 he released Stand, which is similar to Healing Rain (2004) in style and genre but with more Christian-themed songs. Find your favorite faith and family-based programs featured on Trinity Broadcasting Network. But I couldn't change myself. Given 10 choices, would Anthony and I choose the same things? Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith proving that friends are forever. But I felt so changed by that. ", "Michael W. Smith "He Will Never End" Music Video", "Almost There – A Christmas Musical – Now Available for Church Worship/Choir Directors… (Listen to the musical here)", "Almost There Arrangers: Michael W. Smith, Wes King, Bradley Knight, Luke Gambill", "Michael W. Smith Releases 'A Million Lights' Single Today", "Michael W. 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In 2006, Smith was the lead actor in The Second Chance, a film directed by Steve Taylor. Hymns is Smith's first effort at doing his own rendition of traditional hymns, and it was released exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on March 24, 2014. On June 21, 2016, Smith released a new single titled "He Will Never End" which was originally released in March 2016 as a bonus track on the Target exclusive edition of The Passion: New Orleans soundtrack CD (2016).  In 2015, Smith and his son Tyler wrote the score and soundtrack for the film 90 Minutes in Heaven, which he also has a small acting role in. I remember the first time someone from the crew said, “I smell pot in the back of the crowd,” and I went, “Well, fantastic! 45 Songs.  Smith is also the founding pastor of New River Fellowship church in Franklin, Tennessee, where he was the lead pastor from 2006 to 2008. It’s like saying, “There’s gray-haired people in the crowd, too.” If people come to my shows, this is what they say: “Wow, there are people of all ages and lifestyles in your crowd.” That’s what they always say.  The musical is named after a song Smith wrote a few years ago for his Christmas album The Spirit of Christmas (2014). Everybody is outside of some circle, but what I’ve always wanted to do is have a message of honesty and welcoming, and being willing to say this is the good, bad and the ugly. , On August 11, 2017, Smith released a new single, "A Million Lights", which marks a departure from his previous sound. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. But you have obviously had a big gay following for quite sometime. Can I say one thing? Struggling with Friends? 11 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. Weren’t you invited to perform at the wedding of one of your gay fans but couldn’t due to your schedule? He performed this song live for the 2004 Republican National Convention, saying that President George W. Bush, who he said is a fan and a family friend, had asked him to write a song about the attacks.. It’s just that we’re living lives that are different from each other. 1 year ago. I went, “This makes total sense that he has invested his life coming to the aid of the people in his world that are disenfranchised because, for a whole different set of reasons, his parents were marginalized.”. It makes me realize that I don’t have any idea of what it would feel like every moment of my life to go somewhere and feel judged. Amy Grant's career spans more than 40 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. I never, ever pursued one chat room. The album combines the pop style of his previous recordings with the religious feel of his two live worship albums.  The Spirit of Christmas, officially released as Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, is Smith's first duet album. I know that the religious community has not been very welcoming, but I just want to stress that the journey of faith brings us into community, but it’s really about one relationship. Everybody. And you found that inspiring? He learned piano at an early age and sang in his church choir. I remember when we moved to Texas and my parents went to this really, I guess, conservative church – a Church of Christ – and something incredible was happening within that church community. I'm never gonna walk away If the wall comes down someday All alone and you feel afraid I'll be there when you call my name You can always depend on me I believe until forever ends I will be your friend 'Cause I'm never gonna walk away You’re right. The song went to chart at No. Hey friends... To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the album "Unguarded", we have been busy this spring creating a project we are excited to announce! The latter also includes two new songs, "Do You Dream of Me?" I just did, with the band, a kind of unplugged performance for SiriusXM Radio. I know you are not a political person. In 1993 Smith released his first box set, The Wonder Years and his first greatest hits album, The First Decade (1983–1993). In October 2007, he released his third Christmas album, It's a Wonderful Christmas. I believe until forever ends I will be your friend yeah I will be your friend. It’s funny, being 52 and putting a record out, I have felt this incredible freedom. Someone might have just seemed theatrical or, I don’t know, effeminate, but when I was in high school – I graduated in ’78 – I had friends in high school who eventually said, “I’m living a gay lifestyle,” but they didn’t say it then. The title track rose to No. It was funny, because (producer) Marshall (Altman), who I had never worked with before, we did a lot of preproduction work.  The album sold 12,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at No. In 1986, Smith released The Big Picture. When the biggest Christian music artist of all time is doing gay press, you know we’ve come a long way. , Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, an American Music Award recipient, and has earned 45 Dove Awards. In the same way that I did not tell one person who I voted for. The declaration asked that "God would protect, strengthen, embolden and direct" Trump. Read why this interview with Amy Grant almost didn’t happen here … A call from Amy Grant started as these promo chats usually do. Can you describe your relationship with them? That’s not my life experience. Available with an Apple Music subscription. , Smith was active in Billy Graham Crusades as well as Samaritan's Purse. In 1978, Smith moved to Nashville, taking a job as a landscaper to support himself. Smith didn't record under the label himself until 2018. What I remember about our home after that was that it was welcoming … to everybody.  The following year he released his third compilation album, Decades of Worship (2012). It was the first time I have sung some of those songs for an audience and, you know, you can create muscle memory with a song. 1 Hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums. You know what, we all face challenges in our life that we didn’t anticipate, and the most important thing is that we not face them alone. Try it free. The concert includes songs from both Worship (2001) and Worship Again (2002). "I wore this big cross around my neck," he would recall, "It was very real to me. This is who I am. A call from Amy Grant started as these promo chats usually do. That same month he began a tour with Steven Curtis Chapman. 1 Album, Michael Jackson Debuts at No. We all ultimately need to know that we’re loved, and I think it would be really crazy if you said, “I’m not going to talk to this group of people because someone’s looking on that’s not a part of the conversation and might have an opinion about it.” I mean, my whole life has been that. Did you ever feel that you had to reconcile your Christian faith with your acceptance of homosexuality? Are you speaking about yourself? No, no. , On August 30, 2018, Smith hosted a free event at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena called "Surrounded: A Night to Pray, Worship and Be Awakened". Hellos were exchanged, small talk was made and questions about her first studio album of all-new material in 10 years, “How Mercy Looks From Here” (out May 14), were answered. Editorial Reviews. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has." He also developed a problem with substance abuse. The next day he auditioned for a new contemporary Christian music (CCM) group, Higher Ground, as a keyboardist and got the job. Also in 2006, Smith did the score and soundtrack to the film The Second Chance, which he also starred in. Smith collaborated with Jim Brickman on "Love of My Life", a romantic love song for Brickman's album Destiny in 1999. Absolutely. I want you and I want you to know. I remember doing concerts back in the early ’80s and going shopping with some of the singers that I was working with and one of them, Donna McElroy, had to get some makeup – and she’s African-American – and I said, “Hey, I’ll meet you back here.” I ran my errands and I came back and said, “Are you done?” She said, “No one’s waited on me.” On TV, the Hero Is a Black Transman From Ann Arbor, OutCenter, 3 Other Michigan LGBTQ Centers Receive Hate Mail Citing Capitol Coup Attempt, Body of Missing Detroit Woman Natasha Keianna Found in Her Car, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Jason Morgan Appointed Northern Michigan University Trustee. 1958) and has five children: Ryan, Whitney Katherine Mooring (married to Jack Mooring of the band Leeland), Tyler Michael (keyboard player for the United Tour), Anna Elizabeth, and Emily Allison. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. And friends are friends forever If the Lord's the Lord of them And a friend will not say never 'Cause the welcome will not end Though it's hard to let you go In the Father's hands we know That a lifetime's not too long To live as friends And with the faith and love God's given Springing from the hope we know We will pray the joy you live in His mother was a caterer. And what I really felt was, well … I … (pauses), What did you feel? That’s just true about all of life and really, I’m trying to listen and learn and in a way have a great opportunity to try to understand the fan base that comes to a show. As a woman, when you’re younger, so much of it has to do with looking pretty, doing a video and wearing the right clothes, because a lot of music is visual. , In June 2019, Smith signed a declaration by Franklin Graham, that stated "President Trump's enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. Even more glad after this.  Sovereign, released on May 13, 2014, is his first studio worship album and his first album released through Capitol Records, after leaving his long-time label Reunion Records in 2013. People were very private about their sexuality, period. Premiering Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm EST/8:00 pm CST on TBN, Jaci Velasquez hosts Remember The Music: Friends Forever, with special guests Amy Grant and friends. Copyright 2017 Pride Source Media Group | All Rights Reserved. In 1994, Smith appeared as a guest pianist on the album Swing, Swang, Swung by Christian rock band Guardian.. Smith's second hymns album, called Hymns II - Shine on Us, was released on January 29, 2016. We were all seated with place cards; it was a large group and I introduced myself to the fellow next to me. exibições 1.321. However, it's an unfortunate reality that LGBTQ people often must take extra care to ensure that the place in which they choose to settle down is affirming of their sexual orientation or gender identity. He also released a single from the soundtrack album, "All in the Serve". I was honored to be invited. This Easter Sunday, 6x GRAMMY-winner Amy Grant will do something she's never done before - perform on national TV from her living room.Grant will appear on FOX & Friends during the 8am EST hour to sing "How Great Thou Art." Well, nothing is cut-and-dry. I was smokin' marijuana, drinking, doing some other drugs; just being crazy, you know. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Vanity Fair and Billboard. Amen so it I promise. It never came up. In 1995, Smith released his eighth album I'll Lead You Home, which combines the pop style of his secular albums with a touch of religious feel. And friends are friends forever If the Lord's the Lord of them And a friend will not say never 'Cause the welcome will not end Though it's hard to let you go In the Father's hands we know That a lifetime's not too long To live as friends With the faith and love God's given Springing from the hope we know We will pray the joy you'll live in  The same year he also released his second greatest hits album, The Second Decade (1993–2003), which includes a new single called "Signs". (Laughs) It takes all of our energy to navigate whatever road we’re on. And everybody is welcome. (Laughs) I mean, we went to church every Sunday morning, every Sunday night, every Wednesday night. There are a lot of times that I wind up in situations that I do not see eye to eye with somebody. I remember seeing this transformation in my mom and dad. Yes. Guitar, Piano/Keyboard, Vocal sheet music book by Deborah D. Smith: Hal Leonard at Sheet Music Plus. I was going, “Well, great, they’ll be playing this over and over on XM.” So, there were the nerves of this being the first time performing those songs for anybody. And if I’m saying that about myself, it’s like, jump in, the water’s fine. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletters today! It feels like this is going to be the least required of me as a person to sell the songs. In November 2015, Smith and Amy Grant started their annual Christmas tour again after a roughly 15-year break.. His lead vocals were heard on much of CCM radio with the single, "I Am". The song peaked at No. It immediately topped the Billboard video charts and went gold in both the U.S. and Canada. How are you, Amy? Did you have a close gay friend? Bush funeral: Former president remembered for integrity, service", "Michael W. Smith, Bono team up on Christmas album", "Bono and DATA Announce The One Campaign Photos and Images – Getty Images", "Michael W. Smith to bring 'Glory' to Wagner Noël", "BILLY GRAHAM HONORED: President honors Rev. The first one was “How Mercy Looks From Here,” and with all the stuff going on I could hardly get the song out. I don’t. I love that people connect to my music. The first book, Nighty Night and Good Night, was released May 8. In the same way, if you put my shoes on, you would go, “I thought this experience was going to be one way and it was totally different.” None of us has any idea what somebody’s life experience is like. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million and over 1 billion global streams. After graduating from high school, he gravitated toward alcohol and drugs. , On February 22, 2019, Smith released Awaken: The Surrounded Experience, a live worship album.. There’s a lot going on in the world right now, especially with the Boston Marathon bombing and the Texas plant explosion.  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