Worship

Worship

by Michael W. SmithMichael W. Smith

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Overview

Michael W. Smith has certainly been flexing his creative muscle of late. Not long after releasing his ninth studio album he issued the all-instrumental Freedom. Now we have his first all-worship collection, entitled (natch) Worship. Fans of Smith's Top 40 synth-pop confections should know up front that this is church music -- no surprise, since it was recorded live at the humongous Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland, Florida. Carpenter's is home church to Nathan Walters of boy band Plus One, and indeed Smitty is backed on Worship by an all-star choir that includes Walters and bandmate Jason Perry, Amy Grant, Ginny Owens, Cindy Morgan, Out of Eden, and Mark Shultz, to name a few. Worship sounds like exactly what it is: a praise-and-worship service at church. As such, we have moments that are tender ("The Heart of Worship"), uplifting ("Forever"), yearning ("Draw Me Close"), and familiar (what praise-and-worship album would be complete without the now-obligatory "Open the Eyes of My Heart?"). Smith and his wife, Debbie, who have together penned quite a few hits, also contribute a new song to the collection, "Purified," an awesome and powerful declaration of love for the Savior. Smith's nearly 20 years in the music business make him a master at capturing emotion from an audience and on record -- and Worship is certainly blessed with that. In a nutshell, Worship is another fine recording from one of Christian music's leading stars.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Reunion
UPC: 0602341002523
catalogNumber: 10025
Rank: 8958

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Amy Grant   Choir, Chorus
Cindy Morgan   Choir, Chorus
Raymond Boyd   Drums
Leigh Cappillino   Vocals
David Davidson   Violin,Viola
Geron Davis   Choir, Chorus
Christine Dente   Vocals
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Brent Milligan   Bass
Nashville String Machine   Performing Ensemble
Glenn Pearce   Guitar
Chance Scoggins   Vocals
Out of Eden   Choir, Chorus
Greg Long   Choir, Chorus
Craig & Dean Phillips   Choir, Chorus
Erin O'Donnell   Choir, Chorus
Chris Rice   Choir, Chorus
David Hamilton   Conductor,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Markus Shultz   Choir, Chorus
Darwin Hobbs   Choir, Chorus
Becky Davis   Choir, Chorus
LeAnne Palmore   Vocals
Anna Smith   Spoken Word
Plus One   Choir, Chorus
Ginny Owens   Choir, Chorus
Kelly Minter   Choir, Chorus
Shaun Groves   Choir, Chorus
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Terry White   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael W. Smith   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Lynn Fuston   Engineer
Brent King   Engineer
Tom Laune   Producer,Engineer
David Hamilton   Arranger
Helen H. Lemmel   Composer
Rob Burrell   Engineer
Kent Hooper   Programming

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