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by Michael W Smith
Michael W Smith brings together 9,000 people at his home church, as well
as a choir made up of artists like Amy Grant, Mark Schultz, Out of
Eden, Phillips, Craig and Dean and One, to create a truly
breathtaking worship experience. This wonderful mix of new songs and
old favorites is guaranteed to please those who love to worship. As Michael
has stated, "I don't want this to be just another 'recording'. it's about pure worship." This is the album fans have been waiting for.
On June 1, 2001, a crowd of 9,000 gathered at the Carpenter's Home
Church in Lakeland, FL. Drawn by the desire to experience a live
worship service lead by singer, songwriter, and Grammy Award winner
Michael W. Smith, little did the participants know the grandeur of the
night's event. For it was not the presence of Smith, or even choir
members such as Amy Grant and Chris Rice, who served as the evening's
focus, but the presence of God. Captured on audio, the service comprises
Smith's 15th album, Worship, the first of which is purely praise and
worship related. The September 2001 Reunion Records release features
11 songs recorded live during the event, joined by two studio bonus tracks.
Musically, the project is consistent with Smith's well-loved style. It is
upbeat, pop-oriented and includes his trademark piano talents. Opening
with the reading of Psalm 57:7, 9-11 by Smith's daughters Emily and Anna,
the album features popular worship songs including "The Heart of Worship"
and "Draw Me Close." Perhaps the most powerful and the moving portion of the project is the sequence of songs beginning with "Above All," a song he
performed at the 54th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, followed
by Marie Barnett's "Breathe" and the intense cry of "Let It Rain."
Smith's best album as of 2001, Worship sets itself apart from
the onslaught of praise and worship projects released within the CCM
the market between the years of 1998 and 2001. It is truly an expression
of deep desire and hunger for a greater outpouring of God's presence
and power. ~ Ashleigh Kittle, Rovi
Author: Michael W. Smith
Format: Audio CD
Format: Compact Disc
Category: Praise And Worship
Publisher: Reunion Records
Released Date: September 2001
Dimensions 5.6 x 4.9 x .11 inches
Weight 3.5 oz.