(Nashville, Tenn.) April 24, 2009 – Industry leader Michael W. Smith, was honored last night at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards not only with two trophies recognizing his musical offerings, but for his overall contribution to Gospel Music as a new member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Smith was recognized in the Praise & Worship Album category, as both artist and producer, for his A New Hallelujah project. The live CD released on October 28, 2008 and is quickly approaching the 250,000 sales mark. Smith also received a trophy in the Inspirational Recorded Song category for the album’s moving title track “A New Hallelujah” which honored his roles as both artist and writer.
During the show, Smith was recognized as a recent inductee to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place earlier this year and included Dolly Parton, Dr. Bobby Jones, The Dixie Hummingbirds and Lari Goss.
Michael W. Smith heads out this weekend for the remainder of the United Tour dates with friend Steven Curtis Chapman. For dates and markets, please visit www.michaelwsmith.com.
About Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 20 prior albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, 3 GRAMMY® Awards (from 13 nominations) and 44 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and 33 No. 1 radio hits. In addition, he holds 16 Gold and 5 Platinum albums and career sales approaching 15 million.
Over his 25-year career, Smith has used his platform as a leader and acclaimed entertainer to serve, teach, and lead offstage. 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 a 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, please visit www.michaelwsmith.com or www.reunionrecords.com.
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