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by Michael W. Smith

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Michael W. Smith has certainly been flexing his creative muscle of late. Not long after releasing his ninth studio album he issued the all-instrumental Freedom. Now we have his first all-worship collection, entitled (natch) Worship. Fans of Smith's Top 40 synth-pop confections should know up front that this is church music -- no surprise, since it was


Michael W. Smith has certainly been flexing his creative muscle of late. Not long after releasing his ninth studio album he issued the all-instrumental Freedom. Now we have his first all-worship collection, entitled (natch) Worship. Fans of Smith's Top 40 synth-pop confections should know up front that this is church music -- no surprise, since it was recorded live at the humongous Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland, Florida. Carpenter's is home church to Nathan Walters of boy band Plus One, and indeed Smitty is backed on Worship by an all-star choir that includes Walters and bandmate Jason Perry, Amy Grant, Ginny Owens, Cindy Morgan, Out of Eden, and Mark Shultz, to name a few. Worship sounds like exactly what it is: a praise-and-worship service at church. As such, we have moments that are tender ("The Heart of Worship"), uplifting ("Forever"), yearning ("Draw Me Close"), and familiar (what praise-and-worship album would be complete without the now-obligatory "Open the Eyes of My Heart?"). Smith and his wife, Debbie, who have together penned quite a few hits, also contribute a new song to the collection, "Purified," an awesome and powerful declaration of love for the Savior. Smith's nearly 20 years in the music business make him a master at capturing emotion from an audience and on record -- and Worship is certainly blessed with that. In a nutshell, Worship is another fine recording from one of Christian music's leading stars.

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All Music Guide - Ashleigh Kittle
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 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." Definitely Smith's best album as of 2001, Worship sets itself apart from the onslaught of praise and worship projects released within the CCM 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.

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Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Amy Grant   Choir, Chorus
Cindy Morgan   Choir, Chorus
Raymond Boyd   Drums
Leigh Cappillino   Vocals
David Davidson   Violin,Viola
Geron Davis   Choir, Chorus
Christine Dente   Vocals
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Brent Milligan   Bass
Nashville String Machine   Performing Ensemble
Glenn Pearce   Guitar
Chance Scoggins   Vocals
Out of Eden   Choir, Chorus
Greg Long   Choir, Chorus
Craig & Dean Phillips   Choir, Chorus
Erin O'Donnell   Choir, Chorus
Chris Rice   Choir, Chorus
David Hamilton   Conductor,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Markus Shultz   Choir, Chorus
Darwin Hobbs   Choir, Chorus
Becky Davis   Choir, Chorus
LeAnne Palmore   Vocals
Anna Smith   Spoken Word
Plus One   Choir, Chorus
Ginny Owens   Choir, Chorus
Kelly Minter   Choir, Chorus
Shaun Groves   Choir, Chorus
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Terry White   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael W. Smith   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Lynn Fuston   Engineer
Brent King   Engineer
Tom Laune   Producer,Engineer
David Hamilton   Arranger
Helen H. Lemmel   Composer
Rob Burrell   Engineer
Kent Hooper   Programming

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Worship 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is excellent!!! I listen to it all the time. It worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. Musically it is of an extremely high standard, However in terms of worship, I do believe that it is one of the best worship cd's that I have ever heard. Worth buying.Great listening and even better lyrics. THanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last Sunday in June I first heard this compliation and had stopped what I was doing and gave it my undivided attention. I needed to know who, what, where, when and who, again. I called Spirit FM radio in So. Fl. and they informed me of who it was - Next day, it's mine. Totally inspirational and all truth, specially in today's crazy world. There is but one God and he is praised on this track. Excellent and highly recommended. Thank you Michele
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen to this CD and you will feel the fire of the Holy Spirit. The music and vocals melt into your bones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have now purchased several copies of this CD to give to friends. It is truly a blessing. I start each day with this CD and it helps me to place my focus for the rest of the day on my walk with Christ. You will listen to it and be stirred to a heart of pure worship for our Lord and Savior. It is moving, stirring, powerful and well done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. I listen to it at night when I'm going to sleep. ''Awesome God'' made me cry, and I don't cry that easily. A must have!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am someone who enjoyes hearing the songs of worship our all might god!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite worship CD's! I'm so glad Michael W Smith came out with one! It's full of praise and worship only the way he could do it! A definate for your worship collection!
Vita7 More than 1 year ago
Draw close and drink deep from Michael W. Smith's overflowing spring of worship. Breathe the holy spirit in rhythm to Michael's passionate love for his Awesome God. Stand Purified in the holy spirit's fire or be purified by the grace of Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God. Except for the first track in which a psalm of the warrior king David is read by a child, this album is profoundly inspirational. Of course, children are holy (and I think Michael's ministry is devoted to helping young people connect with Christ), but I would have preferred the psalm read in Hebrew by a strong and devout man like David must have been.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled when I received ''Worship'' as a Christmas gift last year. I enjoy Michael W. Smith's music but was surprised to find out how much this cd moved me. It's a wonderful mix of vocal and instrumental pieces and interludes. The violin (viola?) solos are beautiful and the phenominal talent that joins MWS in the choir really adds to the overall worship and praise feel of this album. I plan on using this as my ''focus'' music in the delivery room when our child is born. A must for MWS fans as well as those interested in great praise and worship music.