GRAMMY Veteran Michael W.Smith Nominated

( [email protected] ) Dec 11, 2003 11:08 AM EST

Multi-time GRAMMY-winning artist Michael W. Smith picked up his ninth career GRAMMY nomination Thursday, with his project Worship Again, in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category alongside contenders Jars of Clay, Newsboys, Stacie Orrico, Michael W. Smith, and Third Day.

Worship Again was released in October 2002 and was more than well-received. The Billboard noted that the project “succeeds on all counts, deftly capturing the emotional essence of a powerful live event.”

Demonstrating he and is work is a product of the Gospel, Smith humbly accepts his nomination. Smith commented, “It sounds cliché to say ‘it’s an honor to be nominated,’ but it is. I don't really focus on ‘winning’ this, or any other award. I want to just stay true to what I am called to do. So, being nominated really is a nice reward in itself. I am grateful.”

In 1984, Smith took home a GRAMMY for Best Gospel Performance in the Male category with Michael W. Smith 2 followed by a win for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album with I’ll Lead You Home in 1995.

Smith’s arrived on the GRAMMY nominee scene as early as 1983 with his debut project, Michael W. Smith Project. Previous Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album GRAMMY nominations for the veteran singer, songwriter, performer and producer include 2002 for Worship, 2000 for This Is Your Time, and 1998 for Live The Life. Smith was nominated for Best Pop Gospel Album in 1990 for Go West Young Man, and for Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male in 1989 for the track Holy, Holy, Holy from the Our Hymns album, in 1988 for I 2 (Eye), in 1986 for The Big Picture.

His most recent recording, being his 17th audio recording, The Second Decade 1993-2003, released on Oct. 7. He headlined the “Celebration Tour,” which sold-out in multiple venues to performances which celebrated his 20 years in Christian music and is now currently on the 15-date “Christmastime Tour,” with special guests Point of Grace and The Katinas, which wraps up at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center Dec. 14.