Tickets to go on sale this Friday for a tribute to Kenova native Michael W. Smith
It’s been quite a couple of weeks for West Virginia Music Hall of Fame artist Michael W. Smith.
Last Wednesday, Smith, who hails from Kenova and lives in Nashville, performed his hit song “Friends” at the funeral of 41st President George H.W. Bush, whom he first met in 1989 when he performed a Christmas concert. They would become friends and went on vacation together in Greece.
“First and foremost, I hope the song is very honoring of the president because he loved the song,” the three-time Grammy award winner, told Christianity Today in an interview last week. “The last time I saw him when we said goodbye, he gave me a hug, pointed his finger in the air, and with a twinkle in his eye, said, ‘Friends are friends forever.’” He’s just been an inspiration to me. We didn’t talk about politics much. But we did have a lot of conversations about God and faith.”
A Grammy nomination
Smith, who already has three Grammys on his shelf, along with more than 45 Dove awards, and an American Music award, found out last Friday that he is nominated again. He is nominated for ‘Best Contemporary Christian Music Album’ for his latest worship effort, “Surrounded.”
Smith won a Grammy in 1985 for Best Gospel Vocal Performance for “Michael W. Smith 2,” in 1996 for Best Pop/Contemporary Christian album for “I’ll Lead You Home,” and again in 2004, for Best Pop/Contemporary Christian album for “Worship Again.”
The 61st annual GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 10.
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A tribute to Smitty with 35 years of friends
Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 for “35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of Michael W. Smith,” a one-night-only concert on April 30 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. In this once-in-a-lifetime tribute event, friends and fellow musicians will pay tribute to Smith.
Celebrating his remarkable 35-year career will include more than 35 artists, from all genres, performing a set list to include many of Smith’s 35 No. 1 hit singles. They are Amy Grant, Bob Goff, Brian Littrell from the the Backstreet Boys, CeCe Winans, Chonda Pierce, Danny Gokey, Donnie McClurkin, Francesca Battistelli, The Gatlin Brothers, The Isaacs, Jars of Clay, Jason Crabb, Jim Brickman, Jordan Smith, Jordin Sparks, Justin Flom, Laura Story, Lee Greenwood, Mac Powell, Matt Maher, Matthew West, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Newsboys, The Oak Ridge Boys, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Russ Taff, Sandi Patty, Scott Hamilton, Vince Gill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and the Original MWS Band, Wynonna and more to be announced.
In addition, 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Smith’s Top 10 single “Friends,” which helped introduce his music to both secular and non-secular audiences.
“Michael is a Christian music icon and we can think of no better way to celebrate him than with this star-studded lineup we have put together,” said Morgan Carney, of the music promotion company Outback Concerts. “It’s going to be an event not to be missed, and will be a fantastic celebration of one of the greats.”
Tickets will be on sale through Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena.
G-Daddy launches book gift baskets for kids
Smith, the father of five who is called “G-Daddy” by his 14 grandkids, has launched Nurturing Steps earlier this year, an infant and toddler series with the simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.
In the spirit of this holiday season, Smith will give away the first two books in the series from Zonderkidz to brand new parents while they are still at the hospital and in newborn nurseries surrounding his annual Christmas tour, which has nine more dates through Dec. 22.
The gift baskets will include the NBC TODAY-lauded series’ Let’s Get Ready for Bed, released this month, and Nighty Night and Good Night along with a card from Smith congratulating the new parents. Both books were written by Smith and Mike Nawrocki, co-creator of VeggieTales and voice of Larry the Cucumber. Where possible, photos of the new parents with their gifts will be shared on the stage’s video screens during their city’s “Michael W. Smith Christmas” tour event.
Smith will also be offering the Nurturing Steps books for sale at venues surrounding his popular Christmas tour. With multiple sellout crowds expected, the 18-city tour launched Nov. 28 in Dallas and will travel to major markets across the U.S. All the latest tour dates, including ticket information, can be found at http://michaelwsmith.com/tour/.
The set includes the bedtime book Nighty Night and Good Night, a CD of lullabies by Smith appropriately entitled Lullaby, and a plush rattle shaped like Lamby the sheep.
“One of the greatest joys of my life is being a parent and a grandparent,” says Smith, the father of five, who is called “G-Daddy” by his 14 grandkids. “I want to serve the next generation well. That’s why I created Nurturing Steps, to provide stories and songs that will help shape the faith of our newest generation.”
For all the latest Nurturing Steps news, go to http://www.nurturingsteps.com. To connect with Michael W. Smith, go to http://www.michaelwsmith.com, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.