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Editors’ Notes

Over the course of his first decade as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith evolved from a mild-mannered purveyor of synthesizer pop into a credible rocker able to tell stories through music. Commercially, he demonstrated an ability to score mainstream hits like “I Will Be Here for You” and “Go West Young Man” while retaining his hold on his Christian fan base. As a messenger for the Word, he found creative ways to express spiritual themes, stretching the limits of the Christian music genre in the process. Not surprisingly, The First Decade: 1983-1993 largely concentrates upon his best-known tunes, from his debut Christian chart-topper “Great Is the Lord” through his minor (but still appealing) hit “Kentucky Rose.” From the heart-tugging “Friends” to the street-savvy “Rocketown” and the anthemic “Place In This World,” the arc of Smith's career is traced in these tracks. Fans might want to seek out his individual albums for worthwhile lesser-known songs, but as a well-balanced introduction to this enduring artist’s beginnings, this collection serves quite nicely.

Customer Reviews

I will be here for you

This is such a wonderful and inspirational song. I'm going through cancer treatment and so is my best friend. We are both fighters, she's got a much greater outcome than I do. But, we are there for each other and so are our families. I just had to buy it.

Please listen to this album if you have not already....

Very inspirational and this guy is one heck of a song writer/musician. Very uplifiting in tough times.

A Great Decade

It was quite a decade for Michael W Smith. This CD is a great collections of uplifting songs with positive messages. May the good Lord have a place for Mr. Smith in heaven, and for the rest of us.


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 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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