If Amy Grant is the queen of Christian pop, then Michael W. Smith is undeniably its king. He was one of the first Christian artists to cross over by blending a Christian message with a dance groove (heck, he's even worked with Madonna producer Patrick Leonard), and his 13th release, THIS IS YOUR TIME, is classic Smitty. The album boasts pure, clean pop, from easy ballads such as "Friend for a Lifetime" and "This Is Your Time" to frenetic up-tempo tracks such as "Hey You It's Me" and "I Still Have the Dream." Smith writes all of the music and coproduces, using his trusty Yamaha to program some interesting sonics into his slick pop. Case in point: the groove-laden, Latin/R&B-inflected "I'm Gone." The title track is the album's spiritual focal point. Inspired by and dedicated to Columbine victim Cassie Bernall and her "Yes, I believe" testimony, it's a powerful moment, thanks in part to the eloquent lyrics penned by Wes King. The album's closer, a gentle instrumental reprise of the song, is a brilliant reminder to "live every moment, leave nothing to chance." Smitty partners with some other familiar names here, including top-notch songwriters Cindy Morgan, Ginny Owens, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Jars of Clay's Dan Haseltine, who give THIS IS YOUR TIME a lyric depth equal to its musical accomplishment. Lisa Zhito
Performance CreditsMichael W. Smith Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Eric Darken Percussion,Drums
Chris Eaton Background Vocals
Mark Baldwin Guitar
Raymond Boyd Percussion,Drums
Jay Dawson Bagpipes
Bryan Lenox Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Scott Williamson Percussion,Drums
Joanna Carlson Background Vocals
Hunter Lee Pipe
Chris Graffagnino Guitar
Craig Young Bass
Chris Rodriguez Guitar
Greg Cutcliff Bagpipes
Mike Orrick Bagpipes
Matt Pierson Bass
Technical CreditsMichael W. Smith Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Bryan Lenox Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This Is Your Time based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
This cd is to die for michael has great songs. This is Your time is so sad get this cd no matter what your age you will enjoy it just a couple songs had love in them about his wife some people dont like that so just to warn you.
although i am not much of a fan of michael w. smith but this cd was okay i did like the song this is your time and anyone who is a michael w. smith fan i would recommend this to them
I recently got t meet Michael W. Smith @ one of his concerts in Sacromento. He is an awesome man of God and his music is great. He mixes all sorts of forms and styles while at the same time keeping it simple. i loved this cd because it had the Cassi bernall song on it. I give it four thumbs up!!!!
This is your time is a hit cd.There are 5 major hits on this cd.They're Hey you its me,Worth it all,I will be your friend,This is your time,and Reach out to me.The cd is mainly calm.But it is amazing!!!!!!!!
This is one of MWS best!I love this cd and i recommed it to anyone.The lyrics touch your heart.
I first heard the title track just before the CD was released, at the funeral for golfer Payne Stewart. At the time I didn't listen to music at all. Now, since then, I have accumulated over 200 cd's. I have also started taking piano and guitar lessons, just because of that one song. It is definately one of his best songs, right up there with Friends and Great is the Lord. I can't wait for his next album, Worship Again, to be released.
This has to be one of the best albums I've ever heard from Smith. A beautiful album full of emotion, which he clearly projects through songs like