Michael W. Smith has certainly been flexing his creative muscle of late. Not long after releasing his ninth studio album he issued the all-instrumental Freedom. Now we have his first all-worship collection, entitled (natch) Worship. Fans of Smith's Top 40 synth-pop confections should know up front that this is church music -- no surprise, since it was recorded live at the humongous Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland, Florida. Carpenter's is home church to Nathan Walters of boy band Plus One, and indeed Smitty is backed on Worship by an all-star choir that includes Walters and bandmate Jason Perry, Amy Grant, Ginny Owens, Cindy Morgan, Out of Eden, and Mark Shultz, to name a few. Worship sounds like exactly what it is: a praise-and-worship service at church. As such, we have moments that are tender ("The Heart of Worship"), uplifting ("Forever"), yearning ("Draw Me Close"), and familiar (what praise-and-worship album would be complete without the now-obligatory "Open the Eyes of My Heart?"). Smith and his wife, Debbie, who have together penned quite a few hits, also contribute a new song to the collection, "Purified," an awesome and powerful declaration of love for the Savior. Smith's nearly 20 years in the music business make him a master at capturing emotion from an audience and on record -- and Worship is certainly blessed with that. In a nutshell, Worship is another fine recording from one of Christian music's leading stars.
Performance CreditsMichael W. Smith Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Amy Grant Choir, Chorus
Cindy Morgan Choir, Chorus
Raymond Boyd Drums
Leigh Cappillino Vocals
David Davidson Violin,Viola
Geron Davis Choir, Chorus
Christine Dente Vocals
Jerry McPherson Guitar
Brent Milligan Bass
Nashville String Machine Performing Ensemble
Glenn Pearce Guitar
Chance Scoggins Vocals
Out of Eden Choir, Chorus
Greg Long Choir, Chorus
Craig & Dean Phillips Choir, Chorus
Erin O'Donnell Choir, Chorus
Chris Rice Choir, Chorus
David Hamilton Conductor,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Markus Shultz Choir, Chorus
Darwin Hobbs Choir, Chorus
Becky Davis Choir, Chorus
LeAnne Palmore Vocals
Anna Smith Spoken Word
Plus One Choir, Chorus
Ginny Owens Choir, Chorus
Kelly Minter Choir, Chorus
Shaun Groves Choir, Chorus
Ken Lewis Percussion
Terry White Vocals
Technical CreditsMichael W. Smith Arranger,Programming,Producer
Lynn Fuston Engineer
Brent King Engineer
Tom Laune Producer,Engineer
David Hamilton Arranger
Helen H. Lemmel Composer
Rob Burrell Engineer
Kent Hooper Programming
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Worship based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Wonderful, inspiring music and worship that is great to sing along with!
Draw close and drink deep from Michael W. Smith's overflowing spring of worship. Breathe the holy spirit in rhythm to Michael's passionate love for his Awesome God. Stand Purified in the holy spirit's fire or be purified by the grace of Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God. Except for the first track in which a psalm of the warrior king David is read by a child, this album is profoundly inspirational. Of course, children are holy (and I think Michael's ministry is devoted to helping young people connect with Christ), but I would have preferred the psalm read in Hebrew by a strong and devout man like David must have been.
I have now purchased several copies of this CD to give to friends. It is truly a blessing. I start each day with this CD and it helps me to place my focus for the rest of the day on my walk with Christ. You will listen to it and be stirred to a heart of pure worship for our Lord and Savior. It is moving, stirring, powerful and well done!
Last Sunday in June I first heard this compliation and had stopped what I was doing and gave it my undivided attention. I needed to know who, what, where, when and who, again. I called Spirit FM radio in So. Fl. and they informed me of who it was - Next day, it's mine. Totally inspirational and all truth, specially in today's crazy world. There is but one God and he is praised on this track. Excellent and highly recommended. Thank you Michele
I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. Musically it is of an extremely high standard, However in terms of worship, I do believe that it is one of the best worship cd's that I have ever heard. Worth buying.Great listening and even better lyrics. THanks
This CD is excellent!!! I listen to it all the time. It worth the money.
I am someone who enjoyes hearing the songs of worship our all might god!!!!
I was thrilled when I received ''Worship'' as a Christmas gift last year. I enjoy Michael W. Smith's music but was surprised to find out how much this cd moved me. It's a wonderful mix of vocal and instrumental pieces and interludes. The violin (viola?) solos are beautiful and the phenominal talent that joins MWS in the choir really adds to the overall worship and praise feel of this album. I plan on using this as my ''focus'' music in the delivery room when our child is born. A must for MWS fans as well as those interested in great praise and worship music.
This is one of my favorite worship CD's! I'm so glad Michael W Smith came out with one! It's full of praise and worship only the way he could do it! A definate for your worship collection!
Listen to this CD and you will feel the fire of the Holy Spirit. The music and vocals melt into your bones.
I love this CD. I listen to it at night when I'm going to sleep. ''Awesome God'' made me cry, and I don't cry that easily. A must have!!
this is a good one worth to add to your music collection. The only "downside" to me: it was recorded live - too much applause and shouting in the beginning and at the end of almost every single song.