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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 Grant), recently honored as a “cornerstone of Christian music,” will hit the road in support of Sovereign. Appearing on Fox News Channel’s highly rated shows Hannity and Huckabee, as well as Sean Hannity’s No. 1 rated talk radio show, FoxNewsChannel.com’s “Spirited Debate” and 100 Huntley Street across the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to radio and in-store visits in Nashville, Dallas, New York and more, Smith shared with TIME.com readers about the meaning behind Sovereign in a personal piece he penned here.

This week, the man who in honor of ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary was (along with Amy Grant), recently honored as a “cornerstone of Christian music,” will hit the road in support of Sovereign and it’s Top 10 single, “You Won’t Let Go.”

When Worship Leader recently said “Sovereign is the record we’ve waited to hear from Michael W. Smith for a long time,” they weren’t alone in their sentiments, as the project has received thunderous applause from media outlets nationwide:

“He is an artist fully capable of resting on his repertoire but instead proceeds to experiment and deliver relevant yet timeless music. More than any other, Sovereign proves to be the perfect balance of his passion for worship with his pop-music artistic sensibilities. “
-Christian Retailing

“Sovereign defies the stereotype.”
-WORLD

“A pioneer in the ’80s, an icon in the ’90s and a consistent mainstay ever since,
Sovereign is a solid musical representation of Michael W. Smith’s growth as an artist in the last decade. “
-NewReleaseTuesday.com
4 out of 5 stars

“A poignant, powerful and prolific album, and one of the standouts in a career spanning 30 years, and one that I see continuing for years to come.”
-Indie Vision Music

“A stunning collection of beautiful songs that grasps the love Michael has for his Saviour.”
-Louderthanthemusic.com
4.5 out of 5 stars
“Its impressive how powerful and dominant Sovereign is …when it’s all said and done this could go down as one of the best records of his career.”
-The Front Row Report
“… Sovereign just might be his most youthful and adventurous album yet.”
-The Underground

Sovereign is also available as a Deluxe Edition, which includes a special DVD concert filmed at Smith’s barn in Franklin, Tenn. and features guest appearances from Kari Jobe and Leeland Mooring. The DVD also includes special behind the scenes footage and content with Smith discussing the inspiration behind Sovereign.

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SOVEREIGN is now available worldwide – everywhere you get music.  All of the below retailers have their own special offers.  We encourage you to support all of these amazing companies that have supported Michael W. Smith throughout his career!

Also, available via subscription based streaming music services:

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About Michael W. Smith:
Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 28 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY® Awards, one American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. Most recently, in honor of ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary, Smith, along with Amy Grant, was honored as “a cornerstone of Christian music,” for his groundbreaking career and significant influence on the genre. Throughout his career, the Contemporary Christian Music artist has had the opportunity to sing for several Presidents and national leaders. He actively supports the teen club Rocketown, Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham. Michael and his wife Debbie live in Middle Tennessee, where they raised their five children. His first studio worship album since 2008, Sovereign, is available now. For more information, visit www.michaelwsmith.com.

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