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Wealthiest Gospel Artiste In The World (see net worth and pictures)

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Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957)
is an American musician who has charted in
both contemporary Christian and mainstream
charts. His biggest success in mainstream
music was in 1991 when “Place in This World”
hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Over the
course of his career, he has sold more than 18
million albums.
Michal W. Smith has an estimated net worth of $14 million as of
2020 and is perhaps the wealthiest gospel
singer . He is an American gospel artiste and
songwriter that wrote his first song at five
years old.
Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner,
an American Music Award recipient, and
has earned 45 Dove Awards .

In 1999, ASCAP awarded him with the “Golden Note”
Award for lifetime achievement in
songwriting, and in 2014 they honored him
as the “cornerstone of Christian music” for his
significant influence on the genre. He also
has recorded 31 No. 1 Hit songs, fourteen gold
albums, and five platinum albums. He has
also starred in two films and published 14
books including This Is Your Time , which he
worked with Christian author Gary Thomas to
write
Michal Smith Early Life
Michael Whitaker Smith was born to Paul and
Barbara Smith in Kenova, West Virginia . His
father was an oil refinery worker at the
Ashland Oil Refinery, in nearby Catlettsburg,
Kentucky . His mother was a caterer. He
inherited his love of baseball from his father,
who had played in the minor leagues . As a
child, he developed a love of music through his
church. He learned piano at an early age and
sang in his church choir. At the age of 10, he
had “an intense spiritual experience” that led to
his becoming a devout Christian. “I wore this
big cross around my neck,” he would recall, “It
was very real to me.” He became involved
in Bible study and found a group of older
friends who shared his faith.
After his older Christian friends moved away to
college, Smith began to struggle with feelings
of loneliness and alienation. After graduating
from high school, he gravitated toward alcohol
and drugs. He attended Marshall University
while developing his songwriting skills but
dropped out after one semester. He also
played with various local bands around
Huntington, West Virginia . During that time, his
friend Shane Keister , who worked as a session
musician in Nashville, encouraged him to move
to Nashville, the Country Music capital, and
pursue a career in music.
In 1978, Smith moved to Nashville, taking a job
as a landscaper to support himself. He played
with several local bands in the Nashville club
scene. He also developed a problem with
substance abuse.
“I really started losing touch when I moved to
Nashville, around April of ’78. I was smokin’
marijuana, drinking, doing some other drugs;
just being crazy, you know. My mom and dad
knew what I was doing. But they never hassled
me; they just prayed for me. And I felt convicted
by God. Every time I’d wake up I knew: This
isn’t me. But I couldn’t change myself.
Smith is married to Deborah “Debbie” Kay
Davis and has five children: Ryan,
Whitney Katherine Mooring (married to Jack
Mooring of the band Leeland ), Tyler Michael
(keyboard player for the United Tour), Anna
Elizabeth, and Emily Allison. He resides in the
Nashville suburbs and spends time at his
farm.

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Smith attended Belmont Church in
Nashville, Tennessee and is mentored by its
long-time pastor, Don Finto . Smith is also
the founding pastor of New River Fellowship
church in Franklin, Tennessee , where he was
the lead pastor from 2006 to 2008. Smith and
his wife remain involved members of the
church.
Smith was a personal friend of former
President George H. W. Bush and is a friend of
his son, former President George W. Bush .
Smith was invited to play at the 2004
Republican National Convention[53] singing
“There She Stands”, [ citation needed ] as well as
the state funeral of George H. W. Bush at the
National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on
December 5, 2018, singing “Friends”.

Michael W. Smith Discography Includes;
Michael W. Smith Project (1983)
Michael W. Smith 2 (1984)
The Big Picture (1986)
i 2 (EYE) (1988)
Christmas (1989)
Go West Young Man (1990)
Change Your World (1992)
I’ll Lead You Home (1995)
Live the Life (1998)
Christmastime (1998)

This Is Your Time (1999)
Freedom (2000)
Healing Rain (2004)
Stand (2006)
It’s a Wonderful Christmas (2007)
Wonder (2010)
Glory (2011)
Hymns (2014)
Sovereign (2014)
The Spirit of Christmas (2014)
Hymns II – Shine on Us (2016)
A Million Lights (2018)


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