Michael W. Smith

Contempo Christian's standard/truth bearer

If there were a poster artist for Contemporary Christian music, it would undoubtedly be Michael W. Smith. His reign as the industry leader has continued uninterrupted for nearly 25 years and shows no sign of slowing. Even as the industry has moved from concert-style performances to more of a worship environment, the charismatic Smith remains at its forefront. He’s sold more than 10 million albums over 18 efforts and continues to redefine the genre. His 19th album, “Stand,” will be released this fall. Once a struggling Nashville songwriter and a keyboard player in Amy Grant’s band, Smith’s pop music with life-affirming messages has long been his hallmarks. “He has stood the test of time,” says CAA agent John Huie. “Michael is still contemporary, he’s still respected and still has a huge following.”

P.O.V.: Explaining his longevity, Smith says, “I think the songs are better, and, hopefully, I’ve gotten better as an artist.”

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