Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity Smokie Norful Share Flipboard Email Print Smokie Norful - Life Changing. EMI Gospel 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 November 20, 2017 Smokie Norful Born Smokie Norful was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the son of an African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E) minister. Smokie Norful Quote "You can chase after success and recognition all you want, but the truth is that unless God ordains it, it really doesn't matter." From Christianmusic.com Smokie Norful's Early Years By the age of two, Smokie was picking out melodies on a toy piano, and by four he was playing and singing in his father's church. At the age of 10, he was recorded for the first time as a featured artist on an album by a regional music director. Smokie Norful's College Years After graduating high school, Smokie was still passionate about music, but he chose to study history at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff instead of choosing a music major. After finishing college, he spent the next four years as a high school history teacher. In 1998, Norful's life and career path took another turn as he felt like he was being called into ministry. He moved to Chicago in order to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary. Smokie Norful's Big Break After getting his Masters, Norful decided to stay in Chicago as an assistant pastor at the Rock of Ages Baptist Church. He was active in several church choirs, and he eventually caught the ear of Joe Anne Brunson, leader of the Thompson Community Choir, who asked him to sing one of his original songs for the choir's Real album. People from EMI Gospel heard Smokie on Real and quickly signed him in 2002, also signing him with EMI-CMG Publishing as a songwriter under his own Norful Music Publishing company. The rest, as they say, is history. Smokie Norful Trivia Smokie Norful played the host in T.D. Jakes' Follow the StarNorful is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi FraternityHe is married to wife Carla and has two sons, Tre and Ashton, as well as an adopted daughter named AshleyHis hit song "I Need You Now" was written after Carla was told that she might have cancer and wouldn't be able to have children Smokie Norful Starter Songs "I Need You Now""Praise Him""It's All About You" "Celebrate" "Still Say Thank You" Smokie Norful Discography Forever Yours, 2014 Once In A Lifetime, 2012 How I Got Over, 2011 Live, 2009 Life Changing, 2006 Nothing Without You, 2004 (certified Gold 04/03/2007) Smokie Norful Limited Edition, 2003 I Need You Now, 2002 (certified Gold 04/22/2004) Smokie Norful can also be heard on ... WOW Gospel 2002WOW Gospel 2003WOW Gospel 2007WOW Gospel #1s - 2007 WOW Gospel 2008WOW Gospel 2009 Smokie Norful Honors Smokie Norful Gets a Dove Awards Nomination for Traditional Gospel Album of the YearSmokie was named Billboard Magazine's #1 Gospel Artist of 2003 and also won Stellar Awards for both Best Male Vocalist and Best New Artist in 2003.Nothing Without You won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album as well as a Dove for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year in 2004. More Smokie Norful Smokie Norful Music VideosTop Urban Gospel AlbumsTop 10 Versions of "O Holy Night"