NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 6, 2008 – GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artist Michael W. Smith will celebrate this holiday season with the 16-show “It’s A Wonderful Christmas Tour.” Featuring “American Idol” alum Melinda Doolittle as special guest, the tour kicks off Nov. 29, in Youngstown, Ohio and will hit major markets like Dallas, St. Paul, Spokane, Portland and more before it concludes in Phoenix on Dec. 19.
The Associated Press calls Smith’s Christmas music “cinematic,” and this tour will showcase exactly why he has become one of the most popular holiday performers in the music industry today. Each tour date will feature Smith with a full symphony orchestra, performing selections from his three Christmas albums including his acclaimed 2007 release, It’s A Wonderful Christmas.
“There is no greater thrill for me, as an artist, than to play with a symphony orchestra,” Smith explains. “Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and I love Christmas music. My goal every night is to make sure everyone leaves in the Christmas spirit. Having Melinda Doolittle there certainly helps. Her voice is amazing. The Christmas shows really are special and I can’t wait to take the stage every night.”
“This is my second year to have the honor of being with Michael W. Smith on tour,” Doolittle adds. “I am head over heels with excitement. I can't even describe how amazing it is to sing with a full orchestra each night and to share the stage with Smitty. And to top it all off, it’s Christmas music that will pull on your heart strings, lighten your spirit and remind you of why we really celebrate this wonderful holiday!”
Smith’s holiday tour will come on the heels of a whirlwind fall, during which he has teamed up for the first time with fellow artist Steven Curtis Chapman for the highly-successful “United Tour” and prepares to release his 21st album, A New Hallelujah (Oct. 28). The anticipated new worship project was recorded live before more than 12,000 in attendance, with a 250-voice choir.
Tickets for “It’s A Wonderful Christmas Tour” are on sale now. For more information on that tour and “The United Tour,” go to www.michaelwsmith.com.
2008 IT’S A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TOUR with Michael W. Smith
*Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice.
Saturday November 9th Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Centre
Monday December 1st Murray, KY Lovett Auditorium
Tuesday December 2nd Dallas, TX Meyerson Symphony Center
Wednesday December 3rd Dallas, TX Meyerson Symphony Center
Friday December 5th Olathe, KS College Church of the Nazarene
Saturday December 6th St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Sunday December 7th Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center
Tuesday December 9th Denver, CO Wells Fargo Center
Thursday December 11th Tualatin, OR Rolling Hills Community Church
Friday December 12th Tualatin, OR Rolling Hills Community Church
Saturday December 13th Redmond, WA Overlake Christian Church
Sunday December 14th Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
Monday December 15th Spokane, WA Spokane Opera House
Wednesday December 17th Modesto, CA Calvary Temple Church
Thursday December 18th Corona, CA Crossroads Church
Friday December 19th Phoenix, AZ Christ Church of the Valley
About Michael W. Smith:
Throughout his 25-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 20 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, 3 GRAMMY ® Awards (from 13 nominations), 42 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and 33 No. 1 radio hits. In addition, he holds 16 Gold and 5 Platinum albums for career sales approaching 15 million. Smith’s first worship album, simply titled Worship, released on September 11, 2001 and has sold more than a million-and-a-half copies. Its follow up, Worship Again, released September 19, 2002 and is nearing the 800,000 mark.
Smith has scored several film projects, written 11 books and has been featured by media outlets including, NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, FOX and Friends, Hannity & Colmes, USA Today, NY Times, The Washington Post, LA Times, Newsweek, has been named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People and has presented multiple times on the GRAMMY Awards show. His tours consistently rank among the best attended in the country and he has performed to capacity crowds throughout the world. Constantly giving back to the community, one of his current projects is Rocketown—a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn.—which serves as safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He is married to Debbie Smith and they are the proud parents of five children.
For up-to-date information on Michael W. Smith, including tour itinerary, please visit www.michaelwsmith.com or www.reunionrecords.com.
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