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Decades of Worship gathers the best of Michael W. Smith’s worship songs from the albums Worship, Worship Again, A New Hallelujah, and Healing Rain. Smith’s treatment of modern worship music highlights his gifts as a composer and arranger, combining a feel for older symphonic forms as well as a sure grasp of the dynamics of contemporary pop. Decades of Worship avoids chronological sequencing in favor of a thematically paced track list, moving from the choral grandeur of “Awesome God” into the stately flow of “Mighty to Save” and the sweet hymnody of “Agnus Dei.” Tracks as sonically different as the shimmering “Breathe,” the rousing “A New Hallelujah," and the exalted “Healing Rain” are united by a reverent lyric message and a polished production approach. Smith’s vocals and piano are featured throughout, yet they take a secondary role to the songs' content. A remastered version of “Great Is the Lord” (from Smith’s 1983 debut album) takes the album full circle as it praises God with an open heart, a humble spirit, and a soaring melody.


Born: 07 October 1957 in Kenova, WV

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Michael W. Smith became one of the most enduringly popular artists in the contemporary Christian music market while also finding brief success as a mainstream artist. The songwriter was born in Kenova, West Virginia, the son of an oil refinery worker and a caterer. He became a devout Christian at age ten and spent his teenage years around a support group of fellow believers who frequently gathered to create music. That support group split up after high school, and Smith turned to alcohol, drugs,...
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