Michael W. Smith began his musical career playing the keyboard for a musical group called "Higher Ground." While with Higher Ground, he signed his first songwriting contract in 1981. His first solo album, The Michael W. Smith Project, was released just two years later. Since then he's released 24 albums, had 31 No. 1 hit songs, and has sold more than 17 million albums—while winning 3 Grammys, 44 Dove Awards, and raising five kids with his wife, Debbie.
Michael W. Smith hasn't slowed down yet. He talked with TCW about the release of his most recent album, Sovereign, and how he still has more on his to-do list.
This is a new creative chapter for you, after 24 albums and your recent signing with Capitol Christian Music Group. What was your creative inspiration behind your new album, Sovereign?
I knew it was time to make another record, so I was writing all these songs and coming up with some ideas. I switched labels and moved to Capitol, which has been a really great move. This was the next chapter of my life and it was time to record something new. So that's what we did.
What prompted you to name this album Sovereign?
There's a song on the record, "Sovereign Over Us," that's the anchor of the record. It's an amazing song. And I can say it's amazing because I didn't write it. I think it's a song that's going to be around for a very long time.1