Go West Young Man

Go West Young Man

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by Michael W. Smith
     
 

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Michael W. Smith exploded on the pop scene with 1990's Go West Young Man, going on to become CCM's leading light. The combination of Smith's GQ-good looks and laid-back demeanor made the mainstream music industry take notice of the Christian genre. The idea that a Christian artist could be cool was such a novel one that the Top 10 hit "Place in This

Overview

Michael W. Smith exploded on the pop scene with 1990's Go West Young Man, going on to become CCM's leading light. The combination of Smith's GQ-good looks and laid-back demeanor made the mainstream music industry take notice of the Christian genre. The idea that a Christian artist could be cool was such a novel one that the Top 10 hit "Place in This World" (Smith's first) was practically an afterthought. But that lovely ballad about finding direction on life's path struck a nerve with teens and 20-somethings, as did the rest of this lively confection of pure pop. Smith's lyrics rarely mention the name of God, but they always keep Him the focus. The production is super-slick and synth-heavy -- two Smith hallmarks -- but as always, his reedy rock vocals keep the music from getting too gooey. Paving the way for modern-day crossovers such as Jars of Clay and Sixpence None the Richer, Smith's breakthrough Go West now seems a lot like manifest destiny. Lisa Zhito

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Granger
The artist's first foray into crossover territory includes "Place in This World," which landed on the pop charts and raised the stakes for a new level of acceptance.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2003
Label:
Bmg Special Product
UPC:
0755174820823
catalogNumber:
148208

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
American Boychoir   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Chris Eaton   Background Vocals,Track Performer
African Children's Choir   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Vince Ebo   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Douthit   Horn,Track Performer
Carl Gorodetzky   Conductor,Concert Master
Barry Green   Trombone,Horn,Track Performer
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Chris Harris   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Haynes   Horn
Mike Haynes   Horn,Track Performer
Dann Huff   Guitar,Track Performer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Mike Lawler   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Track Performer,Synthesizer Bass
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums,Track Performer
Bryan Lenox   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Track Performer
Sam Levine   Horn,Track Performer
Paul Liem   Percussion,Drums
James Litton   Conductor,Choir Conductor
Jimmy Marks   Background Vocals
Chris McDonald   Trombone,Track Performer
Terry McMillan   Percussion,Track Performer
Jerry McPherson   Guitar,Track Performer
Nashville String Machine   Percussion,Strings,Drums,Horn,Track Performer
William Owsley   Guitar,Track Performer
Tommy Sims   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Stick,Track Performer,Stick Bass
George Tidwell   Horn
Nathan Wadley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Scott Couper   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lance Wiliford   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Niima Asiimwe   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eliphaz Isiko   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Chris Rodriguez   Guitar,Background Vocals
Richard Lee   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Haynes   Track Performer
Charles Evans   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Terry McMillion   Track Performer
Jane Babirye   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mitch Beeler   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Alpha Bugembe   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Evan Burris   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Aaron Cassidy   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Benjamin Eley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Timothy Kabogere   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gertrude Kafeero   Choir Director
Isack Kalule   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Barbara Kayaga   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Edward Kizito   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Christopher Korenjak   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cameron Kruger   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bernett Kwesigomo   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Listenberger   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Faruk Luyinda   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Israel Musoke   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Monika Muyodi   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Josephine Nakato   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sarah Nakayiza   Vocals
Harriett Nalugo   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Hope Namatovu   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rebecca Namuju   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jackie Nayiga   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Margaret Ndagire   Vocals
Alex Ndahura   Vocals
James Ndyanabo   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Darla Peters   Leader
Matt Pierson   Synthesizer,Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Track Performer,Synthesizer Bass

Technical Credits

Michael W. Smith   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Choir Arrangement
Ronn Huff   Arranger
Bill Deaton   Engineer
Dann Huff   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,String Conductor
Patrick Kelly   Engineer
Brent King   Engineer,Engineering
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Mike Lawler   Programming
Bryan Lenox   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Don Martin   Engineer
Chris McDonald   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Dave Murphy   Engineer
Rick Rowe   Engineer,Engineering
Trace Scarborough   Programming
Tommy Sims   Programming
Bret Teegarden   Engineer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Pat Hutchinson   Engineer
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Terry Hemmings   Executive Producer
D. Rhodes   Art Direction
Pasquale Delvillaggio   Engineer
Gregg Jampol   Engineer
Sarah Nakayiza   Contributor

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