Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith is proud to announce a new album, “A Million Lights,” set for a February 16th release.
USA Today caught up with Michael to talk about “A Million Lights” and the inspiration behind his new recording. Read the story and watch the sci-fi inspired official video for the album’s title track here.
Michael has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 30+ years. During his storied career, he’s written 32 #1 singles, been honored with three Grammy Awards and 45 Dove Awards, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums.
He’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International.
On November 11th, Michael will embark on his annual Christmas Tour with Amy Grant. Tour dates below.
“A Million Lights” was fueled by the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media. “About half the album was written in response to where we are as a nation,” says Michael. “In the age of social media, people have forgotten how to talk with one another, to be civil.”
Eager to experiment with new sounds, Michael “started writing pop songs. I don’t know why; it just happened. I didn’t want to go back to what was familiar to me. I needed to reinvent myself but also sound like Michael W. Smith.”
Michael enlisted multi-platinum producer and songwriter Brian Todd (Miley Cyrus and Rascal Flatts) and songsmith Kyle Lee to help flesh out his vision for the new songs. “I called a bunch of people I’d never written with because I wanted to push myself and experiment.”
The result is a beautiful collection of sweeping, epic songs that are at once enlightening and mesmerizing, and see Michael exploring new ground to create music that can’t help but touch one’s soul.
“Until the world ends, music is the most powerful language there is. It can transform your life on every level, not just the spiritual. It can help people reconnect with why they’re here. That’s what I’m doing with ‘A Million Lights.’”
First single “A Million Lights” is now available on all digital platforms and can be heard on major Spotify playlists like “Top Christian,” “Ultimate Indie” and “Dance Around The House”.