(Nashville, Tenn.) --Music icon Michael W. Smith performed for a capacity crowd of 2,800 at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City this weekend. The concert, part of an extended New York City weekend fan experience, featured a guest choir comprising 300 members and fans from more than 30 states and six countries, who joined Smith on stage for songs including “Above All,” “Total Praise” and “Agnus Dei,” among others.
The highlight of Smith’s 4-day, 3-night destination fan event (Jan. 24-27) was the Saturday evening show, which sold out a month in advance, attracted nearly 600 “friends,” with 300 signing up to rehearse and perform live alongside the multi-platinum, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning artist. An additional 15 fans, all professional symphony players, were also among the 65-piece orchestra that accompanied Smith.
One of the event’s producers, Roy Hayes of True North Presents comments, “This Michael W. Smith concert is the ninth event that we have presented at Carnegie Hall and the first to perform to a sold-out concert hall. It was truly an amazing event. A very powerful evening.”
In addition to the Carnegie Hall performance, Smith’s Big Apple fan excursion also included Central Park carriage rides, visits to the 9-11 Memorial site and a dinner cruise on the
Smith’s next “fan weekend” event is scheduled for June 21 - 23 in his hometown of Franklin, Tenn. The “Tennessee Weekend” will feature numerous concerts, teaching and tours all culminating with a summer party at Smith’s farm outside of Franklin. For more information visit: http://www.michaelwsmith.com/tnweekend
About Michael W. Smith
Throughout his 29-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 24 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, three GRAMMY ® Awards (from 13 nominations), 44 GMA Dove Awards and 33 No. 1 radio hits. In addition, he holds 16 Gold, 7 Platinum and two Double-Platinum albums for career sales of 15 million. Most recently, Smith released GLORY, his second full-length instrumental album, on Nov. 21, 2011 and Decades of Worship, a collection
of his most popular worship songs, Jan. 17, 2012.
Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009, Smith has scored film projects, written 12 books and been featured by media outlets including “Hannity,” NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Larry King Live,” “FOX & Friends,” The Associated Press, Billboard, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los
Angeles Times, Newsweek and more.
Constantly giving back to the community, one of Smith’s current projects is Rocketown – a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. – which serves as a safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He and wife of 30 years, Debbie, are the proud parents of five children.