by Michael W. SmithMichael W. Smith


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That renowned vocalist Michael W. Smith would issue an all-instrumental album might come as a surprise, but it shouldn't. Smith has always been a composer first and a pop star second. Indeed, his very first release, 1983's Michael W. Smith Project, tellingly opened with the instrumental synth piece "Sonata in D Major." Since then, Smith has included at least one instrumental composition on just about every record. With that in mind, Freedom is classic Smitty, blending dramatic orchestral arrangements and gentle piano touches along with his usual Celtic flavorings. Smith calls these songs the soundtrack of his mind, and Freedom does indeed carry the stamp of a movie score: strong melodies, pure arrangements, and a range of emotions that runs from the dramatic to the tender. That Smith hasn't followed fellow recording artists Randy Newman and Danny Elfman into scoring films remains a mystery, since he has such an obvious talent for the idiom. The music on Freedom, however, is evocative enough to conjure up plenty of images on its own.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2000
Label: Reunion
UPC: 0602341000222
catalogNumber: 10002
Rank: 66806

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Drums
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Max Dyer   Cello
Bryan Lenox   Percussion,Keyboards
Scott Williamson   Drums
Dan Needham   Drums
Craig Young   Bass Guitar
Chris Estes   Drums
Matt Pierson   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael W. Smith   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Bryan Lenox   Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Hamilton   String Arrangements,Orchestra Director
Hank Williams   Mastering Sequencing

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