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Editors’ Notes

Michael W. Smith has proven his gifts as an instrumental artist with such popular releases as 2000’s Freedom. Glory continues in a similar orchestral vein with a cycle of new compositions invoking reverent and patriotic themes. Recording with the 65-piece London Symphonica, Smith and arranger/conductor David Hamilton take the listener from lush, classically influenced pieces to simpler settings and back again. The album brings to mind the grand scores of James Horner, Hans Zimmer, and similar film composers; with their billowing strings and yearning woodwinds, “Glory Overture,” “The Blessing,” and “The Romance” especially conjure up images of sweeping landscapes and rapturous onscreen reunions. Such dramatic flourishes are balanced by starker, more melancholy pieces like “Atonement” and “Joy Follows Suffering” (the latter featuring a poignant classical guitar solo by Mark Baldwin). The stately martial strains of “Patriot” and “Heroes” pay homage to America’s fighting forces. “Whitaker’s Wonder” lightens the mood with whimsical touches in the manner of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful and uplifting!

This album is amazing! It's the kind of music that speaks to your soul, that touches places that words cannot.

OUTSTANDING!

This album is amazing. If you like full orchestra sound with a movie soundtrack feel, I highly recommend it. It is OUTSTANDING! As a band nerd who was in the pit and therefore hung around percussionists all the time, I found myself drumming to the album multiple times. Then, as a choir nerd, I also found myself directing to it. And sometimes I couldn't decide which to do. :)

I would absolutely LOVE to hear this album in a theater with surround sound speakers, set to pictures of God's creation. GLORY indeed!

Smitty's Best Yet.

Smitty and David Hamilton are at the obvious heights of their powers. It's hard to imagine any MWS album being out-shined, but GLORY does just that to any of its predecessors. Simply unreal.

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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