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A New Hallelujah

Michael W. Smith

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A New Hallelujah finds Christian music stalwart Michael W. Smith returning to the worship music mode that revitalized his career seven years earlier. Recorded live at Houston’s Lakewood Church, Smitty enlists a passel of rock musicians and a pair of choirs to offer previously recorded tunes along with some fresh material. From the drum-driven bombast of the intro to “Prepare Ye the Way” to the roof-shaking urgency of the closing number “The River Is Rising,” Smith doesn’t neglect his role as showman while leading the energized crowd in praise and reflection. Big is the operative word for the sound of passionate chant-along numbers like “Shout Unto God,” “Mighty to Save,” and the title tune. Third World music elements add sparkle to “When I Think of You,” featuring the African Children’s Choir. “I Surrender All” benefits from Coalo Zamorano’s Spanish vocal, while Israel Houghton lends gospel authority to “Help Is On the Way.” In the midst of all the soaring voices and driving rhythms, Smith conveys a folksy, surprisingly humble presence, especially on the intimately reverent “Grace.” A New Hallelujah documents his gifts at fusing music and ministry into a soul-stirring whole.

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Michael has done it again!

Michael W. Smith has done it again! This newest album is one that you will listen to over and over again. What great songs with such powerful words that will uplift you in the greatest of ways! Definitely one that will make a great Christmas gift this season!

Hallelujah!

I cannot believe that anyone could even THINK that Michael W. Smith would be making this album and using other artists' songs to make money! When you go to one of his concerts, or listen to him talk about his new album, it is SO obvious that the sole reason behind the creation of "A New Hallelujah" is to bring glory to our great God. I strongly believe that this album far exceeds his other two worship albums, as you can feel a huge amount of passion in each of his songs. He's not in it for the money. He's in it to worship God!

God Purpose? Michael W. Smith Does.

This album has the sound of unity in Jesus Christ. The arrangements, performances and talents are amazing, yet secondary to the purpose of the album. The cover songs are great, but I think Smith's songwriting on this album is exceptional. This is an album you will listen to over and over again.

Biography

Born: October 7, 1957 in Kenova, WV

Genre: Christian & Gospel

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

Michael Whitaker Smith became one of the most enduringly popular artists on the contemporary Christian music front and also found considerable success as a mainstream artist. In 1981, he signed to Meadowgreen Music as a staff writer, providing gospel hits to such artists as Sandi Patti, Kathy Troccoli, Bill Gaither, and Amy Grant. His 1983 debut album, Michael W. Smith Project, garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance. Afterward, he changed musical directions and began recording...
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