Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity Michael W. Smith Share Flipboard Email Print Michael W. Smith. Reunion Records Christianity Christian Entertainment Christianity Origins The Bible The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Weddings Inspirational Bible Devotions Denominations of Christianity Funerals and Memorial Services Christian Holidays Key Terms in Christianity Catholicism Latter Day Saints View More By Kim Jones Christian Music Expert Kim Jones is an ordained pastor and a co-founder of Road to Revelation, a Christian rock band. our editorial process Kim Jones Updated April 28, 2019 Michael W. Smith Born Michael Whitaker Smith was born in Kenova, West Virginia, on October 7, 1957, the son of an oil refinery worker and a caterer. Michael W. Smith Quote "I've been there and done all that, sold millions of records, and that doesn't bring you peace." (from Brainy Quotes) Michael W. Smith Biography At age 5 he wrote his first song. At age ten he gave his life to Christ and he spent the remainder of his youth with a group of strong Christian friends. However, once he was in college he found a new group of friends and started experimenting with alcohol, drugs and partying. In 1978 he moved to Nashville to work as a songwriter and he quickly started playing music with a local band. A year later he hit bottom and recommitted his life to Christ. In 1981, he signed to Meadowgreen Music as a staff writer. He joined Amy Grant's band as a keyboardist in '82 and the following year released his first album. Michael wrote all the music and his wife Debbie wrote the lyrics. The release garnered him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Gospel Performance. 25+ years later he has become one of the best-known names in Christian music. Smitty has won several Dove and GRAMMY Awards, has topped Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million CDs. He has founded a teen club as well as a record label and written several books. In 2009 he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Michael W. Smith Facts Michael is the husband of Debbie (since 1982) and the father of 5 children33 Number One Hit SongsCareer sales over 18 million2 Double-Platinum records7 Platinum records16 Gold recordsWinner of 45 Dove AwardsWinner of 3 GRAMMY Awards (from 13 nominations)Founded Rocketown RecordsFounded Rocketown MinistriesNamed one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People"National Spokesperson for Compassion InternationalReceived the Apostelos Christou Award for Distinguished Christian Leadership in April 2008 at King’s College and Seminary Michael W. Smith Fun Who Sings "Above All?"Who Sings "Here I Am to Worship?" Song Poll - Name Your Favorite Song on the Second Decade Michael W. Smith Dove Awards Dove Male Vocalist of the Year - Michael has won this award onceDove Artist of the Year - Michael has won this award three timesDove Song of the Year - Michael has won this award twiceDove Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year - Michael has four of theseDove Inspirational Song of the Year - and two of these with one Inspirational Album of the YearDove Praise and Worship Album of the Year - and four of theseDove Christmas Album of the Year - Smitty won his first in 2015Dove Instrumental Album of the Year - Michael won his first in 2013 Add in 20 more for videos, songwriting, special events albums and producing and you're talking about a large trophy case! Michael W. Smith News Michael W. Smith Leaves Provident for Capitol Christian Music Group after 30 years (2013)Michael W. Smith Concert DatesPresident BushNames Michael W. Smith To President’s Council on Service and Civic ParticipationMichael made his big screen acting debut in February, 2006 in the movie The Second ChanceCome Thirsty with Max Lucado and Michael W. Smith - Sept. 2004One Nation Tour - July 2004Michael W. Smith Nominated for GRAMMY - Feb. 2004 Michael W. Smith Links Guitar Tab/Chords - Courtesy of Christian Guitar Resources, to over 70 Smitty songs.