An Amazing Testimony

My friend Kathie Lee shares a pretty amazing testimony/remembrance of her husband, Frank Gifford… watch this whole video. MWS

INSPECTION CRUISE BLOG - Day 7: The Final Wrap-up From The Ship.

The Oasis of the Seas…  Day 7 – Somewhere Just Southeast off of Florida… Let’s call this one:  The Final Wrap-up From The Ship. Today, was day 2 of our trek back from St. Maarten.  Another day at sea means another day of me spending lots of time on the Flowrider practicing my skills for

INSPECTION CRUISE BLOG - Day 6: Somewhere East of Cuba

The Oasis of the Seas…  Day 6 – Somewhere East of Cuba… Let’s call this one:  The Blog About What Will Make This Cruise “DIFFERENT” Than Ones We’ve Ever Done Before, THE CONCERTS & SHIP ENTERTAINMENT. Well, here we are, on our way back to Ft. Lauderdale from the islands and I have to say that


The Oasis of the Seas…  Day 5 – St. Maarten…. Let’s call this one:  St. Maarten is AWESOME! Today we ported in St. Maarten, which is actually going to be our FIRST day in port on the MWS 2016 Cruise.  Today wasn’t all just me exploring as I took some time to meet with a


The Oasis of the Seas…  Day 4 – FOOOOOD…. Let’s call this one:   FOOD FOR THE FOODIES… G’Tuesday from a port in the Virgin Islands!  Today we spent the day in a port that isn’t on our cruise.  So, I won’t dive too much into THAT. OK, one of the most consistent topics that

INSPECTION CRUISE BLOG - Day 3: There’s a “FEW” (hundred) things to do.

The Oasis of the Seas…  Day 3 – Day At Sea heading down to the Virgin Islands. Let’s call this one:   There’s a “FEW” (hundred) things to do. Happy Monday folks!  I can say that with a pretty big smile on my face, because my Monday was AWESOME!  I spent my Monday doing things

INSPECTION CRUISE BLOG - Day 2: The Big Boat... I mean SHIP!

The Oasis of the Seas…  Day 2…  Port Day… Let’s Call This One…  The Big Boat… I mean SHIP.  It’s a SHIP! So today we were in a port that doesn’t match up with where we’re going (the 2016 cruise is the first year the Oasis is cruising the itinerary that we’re going to do

INSPECTION CRUISE BLOG - Day 1: First Impressions of the Ship...

Let’s call this one:  The First Impression! This is my first cruise that I’ve been on where I had the privilege of going through the normal check-in and ticketing process.  Every other cruise that I’ve ever been on has been for “work” so we get on the ship at about 8 am so we can begin


BLOGGING/INSPECTION CRUISE – Entry #1: The One Where I Tell You About Myself and What To Expect In The Blogs Next Week… OK, so I guess, first an introduction is in order.  My name is Derek and I have worked with Michael W. Smith for 8 years now.  My daughter is Kennedy and my wife

The Sacrifices Made By The Declaration Signers...

Happy July 4 to everyone here in America. Just a reminder of the price that was paid for our freedom. I honestly just did not know the great sacrifices that these men paid… Makes me love this country even more. ======================================= What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence? This is the Price

HOPE OF HEAVEN - New Song for Compilation Album

Dear Friends, I am thrilled to be a part of a new project called “Living Hope,” an album featuring many Christian artists with songs centering on the idea of “hope”. The song I contributed is called “Hope of Heaven” and it talks about how we look forward to the day of rejoicing when we can

PRESS RELEASE: New Music Video & Tour Information

“Sky Spills Over,” the latest music video and radio single from GRAMMY ® Award Winner Michael W. Smith, debuted to viral backing from, FOX News and “Sky Spills Over” has climbed into the Top 25 on both the Billboard AC Indicator and National Christian Audience Charts. The video was a family affair for

SKY SPILLS OVER :: Music Video World Premiere

Watch the SKY SPILLS OVER music video NOW!

Michael W. Smith, Phillips, Craig and Dean and Mark Lowry Unite for a Hymns Tour Hitting Markets This September

Nashville, Tenn. (May 22, 2015) – Beginning September 22, GRAMMY® award-winning artist Michael W. Smith will embark on a nightly concert hymns tour, bringing his hits and famous church classics alongside comedian Mark Lowry and longtime trio Phillips, Craig, and Dean (PCD). The tour will run through the month of September, beginning in Bemidji, Minn.

Join Michael W. Smith & Max Lucado at THE RETREAT this September!

This September, Michael W. Smith and his very special guest, Max Lucado​ will be hosting an event called THE RETREAT at The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Leadership Training Center, THE COVE, in Asheville, NC. Get Details & Book Your Spot Now:    =========================================== About THE RETREAT: This is a 3 Days and 2 night

Rocketown Needs Your Help on May 5th!

Friends, TODAY, May 5th is a big day here in Nashville. It’s called ‪#‎TheBigPayback‬. On May 5th you’re going to see me posting lots of stories and ways that you can support ‪#‎ROCKETOWN‬. A non-profit organization that I started here in 1994 to offer hope to the next generation through Christ’s love. Rocketown is a

Michael W. Smith Joins President Clinton and Others in Heartfelt Memorial on the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing

Michael W. Smith  joined President Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and others in remembering victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and celebrating the “Oklahoma Standard” during Sunday’s memorial service marking the 20th anniversary of the attack.  The three-time GRAMMY® winner also received the prestigious 2015 Applause Award from the Nashville-based Belmont University’s

MWS & Friends 2016 Caribbean Cruise Announced & You're Invited...

A letter and invitation from Michael W. Smith.  Get more details here. =========================================================== Dear Friends, When we scheduled our first “Michael W. Smith & Friends” cruise, we didn’t know what to expect. Now here we are almost a decade later and each time I get to plan a cruise it’s more exciting than the last.

A Prayer for Good Friday

While reflecting on the impact of #GoodFriday, I received this Prayer from my friend Scotty Smith and felt led to share this with all of you.  I hope this prayer blesses you the way it has blessed me today. ======================================== A Prayer for Good Friday And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not

I LAY ME DOWN - Live Video and Devotion Premiere:

I LAY ME DOWN – Live Video and Devotion Premiere: When Isaiah was called by God to be a prophet his first response was, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips…” (Isaiah 6:5). Isaiah was “undone” – wrecked, ruined, lost – his heart was literally broken over

ALL ARISE - Live Video and Devotion Premiere:

ALL ARISE – Live Video and Devotion Premiere: If you’ve ever been in a courtroom, or watched any of the dramas on television, you know that when a judge is about to enter the room the bailiff will say, “All rise, the Honorable Judge (name) presiding.” It is protocol that we rise at the announcement

THE SAME POWER - Live Video and Devotion Premiere:

THE SAME POWER – Live Video and Devotion Premiere: Did you know that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us? God’s resurrection power is in us! That is true for everyone who receives Christ, simply by believing and walking in that power. Take a few moments to reflect on the

HIDE MYSELF - The Devo & The Live Video Is here...

HIDE MYSELF – Live Video and Devotion Premiere: In Psalm 57:1, David writes: “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” The disaster that David speaks of is Saul’s pursuit of

YOU ARE THE FIRE - The Devo & The Live Video Is here...

YOU ARE THE FIRE – Live Video and Devotion Premiere: Have you ever been so excited about something that you felt like you were literally going to burst if you didn’t tell someone and tell them right now? That’s exactly how Jeremiah says he felt about speaking God’s Word: But if I say, “I will

LIVE Videos Premiering Online Every Week For FIVE Straight Weeks...

We are premiering 5 new Live Videos of Michael W. Smith performing songs from his new album, SOVEREIGN over the next 5 weeks.  Check back here for each premiere. RELEASE SCHEDULE:  February 3, 2015 – YOU ARE THE FIRE (Live) February 10, 2015 – HIDE MYSELF (Live) February 17, 2015 – THE SAME POWER (Live)

Michael W. Smith to Take Part In the 40th Volunteer Jam in Nashville, TN!

Just when you think Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam can’t get any bigger, additional megastar performers are announced. Trace Adkins, Ted Nugent, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Colt Ford, The Oak Ridge Boys and Michael W. Smith will all be appearing alongside the previously-announced Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Kentucky Headhunters, The

ONE SOLITARY LIFE: Good news is, He's Alive and ALL IS WELL.

Lest we not forget. He is still the reason for the season. Always will be. Singing about a Man Who was Baby, Who became a Boy Who became a Man. Born in an obscure village. A Child of a peasant woman. He actually grew up in another village where He worked in a carpenter shop

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS - The Official YouTube Playlist...

Michael and all of his team are completely humbled by the support that you have shown his new album, THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS this year. As we enter the final days of the Christmas Season we wanted to share you a YouTube playlist with you so that you can watch the lyric videos wherever you

Smitty Surprises Ft. Campbell Soldier...

Story Courtesy of and CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE® A surprise visit by singer Michael W. Smith brightened the day of Staff Sergeant Rafael Panduro Wednesday at the Cracker Barrel in Clarksville. “He’s in there with his wife and two daughters. They don’t know that I’m coming,” said Smith just before walking into the

ALL IS WELL featuring Carrie Underwood

On Monday, December 1st – ABC aired their CMA Country Christmas Special which featured Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood singing ALL IS WELL.  Listen to the song here. (ALL IS WELL is one of 14 new recordings on Michael’s album, THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS record.  Available everywhere you buy music. Sample every song and

Two Honors for Michael W. Smith Last Week... Philanthropist of the Year; Honor from the Nashville Association of Talent Directors!

In the midst of promotion for Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, which quickly hit No. 1 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart, three-time GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Additionally, Smith was honored by the

The Spirit of Christmas Tour with Michael W. Smith Is COMING SOON! Tour is Presented By Cracker Barrel Old Country Store!

Three-time GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith will bring holiday cheer to audiences across the country this holiday season as he launches “The Spirit of Christmas Tour,” set to hit several cities in the U.S. and Canada. Partnering with Michael W. Smith as the official tour sponsor is Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. Earlier this year, Michael W. Smith debuted his

Michael W. Smith To Perform on ABC during the CMA Country Christmas!

This year, the annual CMA Country Christmas will deliver plenty of holiday cheer on Monday, December 1 at 7 pm (CT) on ABC. Hosted again by Jennifer Nettles, the show will feature performances and special appearances by Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes,


NEW 2015 Tour Dates! June 12, 2015 Pasadena, CA Pasadena Civic Auditorium August 10-11, 2015 Nashville, TN Music City Center September 5, 2015 Marietta, GA Jim R. Miller Park September 25, 2015 Shipshewana, IN Blue Gate Theater ALL CONFIRMED TOUR DATES – CURRENTLY ON-SALE: 2014 TOUR DATES Nov 1 – Wooster, OH Nov 6 –

Thank You From Michael & Rocketown!

Earlier this week we celebrated a great night at Rocketown.  Our Fourth Annual Comedy for a Cause was a HUGE success.  I can’t say enough about our headliner – Tim Hawkins.  Tim is truly one of the most talented people I know.  From the minute he hit the stage he had the crowd in the

'The Spirit of Christmas', Michael W. Smith's New Christmas Record, Has Arrived

Michael W. Smith’s new Christmas album, THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS, has arrived! Learn all about the album below. Get your copy at any of the below links or wherever you experience music! amazon amazonMP3 Cracker Barrel (available in stores now) Family Christian F.Y.E. GooglePlay iTunes Lifeway (available in stores now) Mardel MichaelWSmith Target Wal-mart Streaming

The Story Behind 'SOVEREIGN OVER US'

Michael W. Smith discussing ‘SOVEREIGN OVER US’ This song is from the new album SOVEREIGN. SOVEREIGN on iTunes: Michael’s official website: Michael on Facebook: Michael on Twitter: Michael on Instagram: Michael’s YouTube channel: Music video by Michael W. Smith performing Sovereign Over Us. (C) 2014 The MWS Group under


Michael W. Smith is BACK this Christmas Season with a brand new album this!  Watch the trailer below! Click HERE to read the tracklisting, guest artists, and pre-order your copy now from THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS arrives in stores worldwide on September 30, 2014

Michael W. Smith to Bring Nostalgia Back This Christmas

Three-time GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith partnered with Rolling Stone Country today to announce the September 30 release ofMichael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, featuring an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald. (Scroll down

Michael W. Smith and 250 Voice Choir Perform in Juneau...

Famous performers are routinely described as humble, nice people in person, but in the case of Michael W. Smith, these over-used adjectives actually appear to apply. While on an Alaskan cruise organized through Inspiration Cruises, world-renowned Christian singer Smith volunteered himself and a choir of 250 people to provide a concert during their stop in

A Note From Michael About His Recent Trip to Eastern Europe...

It’s hard for me to put into words the impact of what I witnessed in Georgia and Poland recently. I’m so happy that the BGEA has put together two short videos to tell just a bit of the stories of these two amazing festivals. I’m grateful to Franklin Graham and his team for allowing me

"SKY SPILLS OVER" Official Lyric Video Released!

Check out the official lyric video for SKY SPILLS OVER from Michael W. Smith’s latest album, SOVEREIGN! Can you HEAR THAT THUNDER? Watch, Share, Spread The Word! Would you like to purchase SOVEREIGN today? Click Here!

Top 10 Billboard 200 Debut for Michael W. Smith’s SOVEREIGN!

Nashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2014) – Three-time GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith is celebrating a Top 10 Billboard 200 debut today for his new project, Sovereign, which released last week. In addition, the critically acclaimed album nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Christian/Gospel album and digital sales charts, as well as the Praise & Worship albums chart. Smith’s first studio worship album


Today, three-time GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith opens a new chapter in his illustrious career as he releases Sovereign, his first studio worship album since 2008 and his first album with new label partner Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. This week, the man who in honor of ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary was (along with Amy


Watch the Lyric and Live Videos from Michael W. Smith’s new album below!  More will be added as they are released, so make sure you check back.  Help spread the message of these songs by sharing with your friends, family, and church family. ALL OF THE SONGS LISTED BELOW ARE FEATURED ON MICHAEL W. SMITH’S

Listen to SOVEREIGN on at iTUNES...

Listen to SOVEREIGN for FREE (full album stream ends on Monday, May 12th):   SOVEREIGN arrives in-stores EVERYWHERE next TUESDAY, May 13th!  

Sample Each Song from SOVEREIGN Now...

Listen to 30 second samples of the 12 songs that make up Michael W. Smith’s SOVEREIGN album now! Order your copy now at iTunes! SOVEREIGN arrives in-stores EVERYWHERE on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  

Listen & Watch Videos for THREE New Songs from SOVEREIGN!

Michael W. Smith is proud to present three LIVE versions of songs from his upcoming album, SOVEREIGN – in-stores EVERYWHERE on Tuesday, May 13, 2014! (All three of the videos below  are also available on the Deluxe Edition of SOVEREIGN along with 6 other live performances). Also, for those of you who have scrolled all


Michael W. Smith will be hitting the road hard this year and is very happy to announce the first round of tour dates on his upcoming ‘SOVEREIGN’ World Tour! Upcoming Michael W. Smith Tour Dates:   May 1 – Centerville, OH May 2 – Port Huron, MI May 3 – Battle Creek, MI May 24

The Countdown to the ALASKA CRUISE is ON!

The Michael W. Smith & Friends Cruise to Alaska has been sold out for a couple months now…   however, we did just release a few cabins from our “staff holds”.  Call Inspiration cruises if you’re interested in filling one of these last few cabins.  You can get more information here: And while we’re


The official LIVE Music Video is here for ‘YOU WON’T LET GO’ from Michael W. Smith’s new album, SOVEREIGN. The music video is included as part of the CD/DVD DELUXE Edition that includes 10 songs from SOVEREIGN performed LIVE.  Pre-order your copy here!

Michael W. Smith's first-ever classic HYMNS album available now!

MICHAEL W. SMITH’S new album, HYMNS, available NOW!   iTunes: Amazon:   OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:   Michael W. Smith’s newest album Hymns is available beginning today exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at The digital album will also be available for purchase at select digital

New Album Official Press Release

Sovereign marks Smith’s first studio worship album since 2008 Sovereign Deluxe Edition to include DVD concert with special appearances by Kari Jobe and Leeland Mooring Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2014) – After selling more than 15 million albums, scoring 28 No. 1 hits, earning three GRAMMY® Awards and more than 40 Dove Awards, musical icon Michael W. Smith will open

MWS First Album of Traditional Church Hymns Arriving March 24th (Exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores)

MICHAEL W. SMITH AND CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE®  ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE ALBUM, HYMNS, AVAILABLE MARCH 24 First Album of Traditional Church Hymns for Legendary Contemporary Christian Music Entertainer   LEBANON, Tenn. (March 05, 2014) – Just in time for the Easter season, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Michael W. Smith announce the release of

Official Lyric Video Released For "You Won't Let Go"

Michael W. Smith is BACK with the first single, YOU WON’T LET GO, from his album SOVEREIGN.  Watch, Share, Spread The Word!

Alaska Cruise Update

As we get closer to July you will occasionally be hearing from the good folks at Inspiration Cruises & Tours as well as from your friends here at the MWS Group. We don’t think anyone gets more excited about these fabulous trips than we do! Plans for this cruise are well underway and we have

New Single: YOU WON'T LET GO - Now Available for Download!

 “You Won’t Let Go” – the first single from Michael’s upcoming album, Sovereign, is now available on iTunes and Amazon! GET IT HERE:

New Single: YOU WON'T LET GO - Live from KLOVE

Michael dropped by KLOVE to play his new song, YOU WON’T LET GO, for them… here’s that live version of the song:  Be watching for the radio / album version to come your way VERY soon! New album in-stores this May! Listen Now:  

Michael takes over SIRIUS XM Radio Beginning Monday (Dec. 23) through Christmas!

Michael W. Smith is once again taking over Sirius XM’S THE MESSAGE Channel starting Monday, December 23rd @ 6 pm eastern through Christmas day at midnight eastern. (Get more info here.  Not a Sirius XM Subscriber?  You can sign-up for FREE and get a 30 day trial.). Click here to read the full schedule – and

Michael W. Smith Performing on ABC's CMA Country Christmas on December 2nd!

Smitty recently recorded a live performance for ABC’s CMA Country Christmas that will air nationwide on December 2nd at 9 pm est / 8 pm central on all ABC Channels nationwide. Don’t miss this very special performance with Jennifer Nettles of SUGARLAND. Click here for more information on the show!  

Michael's album, GLORY, wins at 44th Annual Dove Awards!

Congrats to Michael W. Smith on his”Best Instrumental” Dove Award last night, Tuesday, October 15, 2013. About The Dove Awards:   For more than four decades, the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Gospel music.  The most anticipated music event of the year for fans and industry alike, the show celebrates

Michael W. Smith Reflects on Friendship with Billy Graham

This November, Grammy Award-winning Christian artist Michael W. Smith and his wife, Debbie, will invite non-Christian friends into their home outside Nashville, Tenn. “Maybe we should have invited these people into our home a long time ago,” Smith said. So why now? This year, Smith’s longtime friend, Billy Graham, is leading a national, in-home Crusade

Michael W. Smith & Jason Crabb on TBN's Praise The Lord show this Friday

Smitty will be discussing his upcoming tour with Jason Crabb. Also talking with Michael and Jason is Gold Medal, figure skater, Scott Hamilton. Show will air on TBN at 2 pm and 7 pm pacific.

Fall Tour Special Guest Announced...

Multi-platinum recording artist Michael W. Smith has announced plans for the final leg to the successful “Worship Around The World” tour and has invited Jason Crabb, Christian Music’s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year, to be his very special guest. The tour is slated to hit approximately 12 cities across

Michael W. Smith and Capitol Christian Music Group Partner...

For the first time in his 30-year career Christian music icon Michael W. Smith has signed with a new label, exiting Provident Music Group to ink a deal with Capitol Christian Music Group, formerly EMI Christian Music Group. “When you’ve been with a family as long as I’ve been with Provident, it’s very difficult to

Michael W. Smith's A Tennessee Weekend Review... A Blogger's Perspective

WHAT A WEEKEND WITH MICHAEL W. SMITH: The below blog appears on     There’s no denying that when it comes to Christian music, Michael W. Smith looms large. He was part of a key group of artists in the 1980s that changed the face of Christian music by pairing timeless truths with modern