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After winning acclaim for his pop-rock worship projects, Michael W. Smith takes a more country-leaning approach on Hymns. The veteran Christian singer/songwriter taps into his West Virginia roots and the wellsprings of his faith on this album. Rather than writing original tunes, Smith reaches back to previous centuries for a wide selection of famous and lesser-known sacred songs. Smith’s warm, earnest vocals are framed by sparse yet polished arrangements built around acoustic guitars, pianos, and backup choirs. The music achieves a classic tone without sounding antique, bringing out the timeless message within each lyric. There are flashes of bluegrass energy here (particularly in “Victory in Jesus” and “Softly and Tenderly”), as well as a hint of pop balladry (heard in a piano-centered interpretation of “Were You There”). A reading of “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” (composed in 1989) adds a modern melodic touch. For the most part, though, Smith hews close to tradition in his versions of church standards like “The Old Rugged Cross,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “God of Our Fathers.”

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Michael W. Smith Hymns

These are my favorite hymns! I remember them fondly from church and summers at church camp.

My dad would sing “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Were You There” while he was puttering around in his work shop/garage. He had a beautiful voice.

Great Album of classics

Michael W Smith albums are always a treat. He speaks to us Christians who are "misfits" in the eyes of others; and even ourselves sometimes. I love the story of his path, and his testimony. Glad he branched into some different genres here, like country, well done.

Heres hoping and praying for a ska/reggae album next!


Born: October 7, 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 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, and wild...
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