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Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian music. Smith also has achieved a considerable amount of success in the mainstream music industry. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has earned 40 Dove Awards. Over the course of his career, Michael W. Smith has sold more than 13 million albums and recorded 29 #1 Hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums. Smith is an American Music Award recipient; he was also named one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People”.

Early life: Michael Whitaker Smith was born to Paul and Barbara Smith in Kenova, West Virginia. His father was an oil refinery worker and 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 religious 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 for a few semesters while developing his songwriting skills. 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 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.

In November 1979, Smith suffered a breakdown that led to his recommitment to Jesus Christ. The next day he auditioned for a new CCM group, Higher Ground, as a keyboardist and got the job. It was on his first tour with Higher Ground, playing mostly in churches, that Smith was finally able to put the drugs and alcohol behind him.

Career: In 1981, Smith was signed as a writer to Meadowgreen Music, where he racked up a number of highly successful gospel hits penned for artists like Sandi Patty, Kathy Troccoli, Bill Gaither, and Amy Grant. Some of these worship songs can be found in church hymnals. The following year, Smith began touring as a keyboardist for Grant on her Age to Age tour. He would eventually become Grant’s opening act and recorded his first Grammy nominated solo album: The Michael W. Smith Project (which he also produced), in 1983, on the Reunion Records label; a label started by Grant’s brother-in-law, Dan Harrell, along with Michael Blanton. This album contained the first recording of his hit “Friends”, which he co-wrote with his wife Deborah. They wrote it one afternoon for a friend who was moving away.

By the time Smith’s second pop album was released in 1984, he was headlining his own tours. In 1986, Smith released the critically acclaimed rock album The Big Picture, with well known record producer Johnny Potoker (Brian Eno, Genesis, Madonna, No Doubt, Talking Heads, etc.). On a track titled “Tearing Down The Walls” from The Big Picture, Smith intros with an Amy Grant recording of “Emmanuel” played backwards via the CD search button. He has explained that he and Potoker were trying to come up with a different way to go into the song.

After the release of his 1988 effort, i 2 (EYE), Smith once again teamed up with Grant for her “Lead Me On World Tour”. The following year, Smith recorded his first Christmas album.

In the mainstream: In 1990, Smith released Go West Young Man, his first mainstream effort, including the mainstream crossover hit “Place in This World,” which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1992, he released Change Your World (which included the #1 adult contemporary hit “I Will Be Here for You“), 1995’s I’ll Lead You Home, and 1998’s Live the Life. Also in 1998, Smith released his second Christmas effort, Christmastime. In 1999, Smith released “This Is Your Time” (about Cassie Bernall, one of the students killed during the Columbine massacre). In the music video for this song, the beginning shows a real video of Bernall talking about her religious beliefs and how she wanted to spread the word of God. Smith had been asked to perform at some of the memorial services that were held in honor of the victims.

In 1996, Smith opened his own record label, Rocketown Records, named for a song on The Big Picture. He does not personally record on it. He states the label is driven by the artists, and the first artist signed was Chris Rice, who had written “Go Light Your World”, a #1 hit song by Kathy Troccoli, in 1995. In 1999, Smith collaborated with Jim Brickman on “Love of My Life” from the album Destiny, which went to #9 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.

Nearly all of Smith’s albums contain at least one instrumental track, and in 2000, Smith recorded his first all instrumental album, Freedom. The following year, Smith released an all Christian music album, Worship, on September 11. This album was followed by a sequel, Worship Again in 2002, recorded live at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. Both albums were recorded live in concert. (Both are also the only two albums to be composed almost entirely of songs he did not write himself). A Worship DVD, which comprised a selection of songs from both albums, was recorded live in Edmonton, Alberta at YC Alberta and released in 2002. It immediately topped the Billboard video charts and went gold in both the U.S. and Canada.

Smith wrote a song entitled “There She Stands”, inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2003 he won the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the GMA Music Awards.

Smith’s album, Healing Rain, was released in 2004 and debuted at #11 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. The title track rose to #1 on the Radio & Records Charts and a music video for the song was released. The album nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, combines the pop style of his previous recordings with the religious feel of his two releases in that genre. A new album, Stand, was released in November 2006.

In October 2007, he released It’s a Wonderful Christmas. On June 20, 2008, Smith recorded his third live Worship album at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, titled A New Hallelujah. It was released in October 2008. That same month he began a tour with Steven Curtis Chapman. In September, he released Wonder, and in October started touring with Third Day, tobyMac, and Max Lucado on the “Make A Difference” tour.

Other ventures: In 1994, Smith opened a teen club, named Rocketown, in Nashville, Tennessee (6th Avenue). Later in early 2003, the club was moved to a new location — a renovated warehouse in downtown Nashville. The venue offers a large dance floor, extensive indoor skate park, and a cafe hosting live acoustic music.

Smith is actively involved in volunteer service and is vice chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, which is chaired by Jean Case of the Case Foundation. He is also an avid spokesperson for sponsoring children through Compassion International. Smith finished work on a film directed by Steve Taylor entitled The Second Chance which was released on February 17, 2006 in selected theatres. In the movie, he stars as a pastor assigned to work in the inner city. The DVD of the movie was released in July 2006.

Personal life: Smith is married to Deborah “Debbie” Kay Davis (b. 1958) and has five children: Ryan Whitaker, Whitney Katherine Smith-Mooring (married to Jack Mooring (brother to Leeland 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 the Smith family farm.

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Feb
18

Prayer For The Family . . .

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We hope that you are as blessed as we are!  The staff at The Day and Night Post is blessed in that we have the joy and the fulfillment of reporting God’s goodness and grace in the events that are shaping our world today.

Although we see the growing darkness of despair and shaking upon the nations of the world, we delight in God’s promises and anointing upon His family.  In sharing reports of family and blessings, we would also like to inform you that you are a blessing to our staff.  It is truly our gift to communicate God’s News of Global Change; and we think of you and pray for you.

We have heard from many of you and rejoice in your report of blessings and gifts from God: debts being canceled and pay raises, financial blessings through faith, healings and so many reports of the grace of God in these times.

For those of you who write to us on a regular basis, and to those of you who don’t, we want you to know that we are praying for you.  Our prayer for you today is Deuteronomy 28:

1Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God,
to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the
LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.  2And all these
blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the
LORD your God: 3“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the
country. 4“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the
increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.  6“Blessed shall you be when
you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.  7“The LORD will cause your
enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out
against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8“The LORD will command the
blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will
bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. 9“The LORD will establish
you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments
of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that
you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. 11And the LORD
will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock,
and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers
to give you. 12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain
to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many
nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail;
you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD
your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall
not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left,
to go after other gods to serve them.”  

– AMEN

BE BLESSED . . . It is your Inheritance!

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Jan
28

Day and Night Victory – Glory to God

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Day and Night Post readers,

Over the past several weeks and months, we’ve dedicated the Friday posts to giving glory to God through celebrity; those whom God has blessed with talent in the public arena of faith, song, ministry and talent.

But, there is a greater family of God behind the view of the public.  They are the everyday believer, the committed Christian, the quiet voice of faith. They are impacting their own lives, their families, their homes, their schools, their churches and their communities in the ways unnoticed in the public arena.

They are resting in the faith and promise of God, enduring the challenges of living “in the world” and not “of the world;” in the confidence of His word.  They celebrate the communion of the saints, keep the word of God constantly in their mouth, instruct their children of the ways of the LORD; and wait patiently for the coming of the LORD.

Over the next weeks and months we intend to bring to you encouragement through the private lives of God’s people; because, this can be you – this is you!  Send us your story for God’s glory; and we’ll post it. Give glory to God in your life and your testimony!

You don’t need to be a celebrity! You don’t need to have made a musical hit single! You don’t need to have written volumes of literary works renowned by both the church and the world!  You don’t need to have received a Hollywood Oscar, a Dove Award, or reached national or international broadcast acclaim. You don’t need to have accomplished any public notoriety! 

You have gone into your closets in private so that the Father in Heaven can reward you openly.  As more and more of our readers are responding with the works of faith manifesting in their individual lives, we want to present your testimony and your video [if you have one] to announce the saturation of glory to Arise and Shine in the earth.  The Great harvest is upon us! You can give glory to God by sending us the report of your story – your blessing.

Following is great story; a testimony of a man who’s life has been touched by God.  We found the story in My San Antonio Home. Jose Antonio Galvan is just an ordinary believer, giving a testimony of what the church and the world should expect as normal Christianity – normal blessing – normal favour. Please enjoy the video; and send us your video of God’s anointing in your life.  As written in My San Antonio Home Page 12.31.10

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The most desperate castoffs of Ciudad Juárez make up the flock of evangelical preacher Jose Antonio Galvan.

A former construction foreman, U.S. convict and drug addict, Galvan for more than 25 years has been tending to those he says have been chewed up and thrown away.

He began his ministry soon after finding religion by setting up soup kitchens for the city’s homeless and drug addicts. For the past 15 years, he’s headed Vision in Action, which provides food, shelter and treatment on the far edge of Juárez for severe addicts and people with disabilities.

“I am the only pastor in the country who doesn’t want more people in my congregation,” said Galvan, a chuckling 60-year-old bear of a man crowned with thick silver hair. “Because to be in it you have to be crazy or homeless.”

Though socially conservative, Galvan joins many liberal critics in pinning his city’s ills on capitalism’s shortcomings. He blames maquiladoras, the mostly U.S.-owned factories that anchor Juárez’s legal economy and where many of the city’s single mothers work long shifts for bare survival wages.

“This is the generation of free trade, of children abandoned in their homes like animals,” Galvan said of the youths who belong to Juárez’s estimated 500 street gangs and provide gunmen to the narcotics-trafficking cartels. “They see their mothers working like slaves for very little pay. They don’t want that for themselves. The narcos take advantage of that.

“It’s like we have demons among us … child killers without respect or love for anything or anyone.”

 Vision in Action is one of the more than 80 drug rehabilitation centers in Ciudad Juárez, most of them operated by evangelical groups, that have become frequent targets of warring gangsters. Dozens of addicts have been murdered in the attacks, including five killed in December.

The killers target the clinics because rivals are taking refuge in them, either trying to get straight or sober, or hiding out from their enemies, Galvan said.

“They really want to transform themselves,” Galvan said of the addicts.

Eight gangsters came for Galvan one day two years ago, he said, demanding $2,000 a month to keep his rehab center open and him alive. He didn’t have the money and spent a long night in prayer.

“Lord, you didn’t rescue me to let it end like this,” Galvan said he prayed.

The next day he received a call telling him to forget the threats and the payoffs. One of the gang’s leaders, it seems, had once been an intern of Galvan’s shelter and wanted to repay the kindness.

“I believe in miracles,” Galvan said.

Vision in Action’s shelter, located in the desert about 15 miles outside Ciudad Juárez, houses more than 100 people, most of whom have few other options.

Though the state recently paid for kitchen appliances, money is a constant worry. Galvan runs the house, his only help several employees and the part-time services of a psychiatrist.

Many of the addicts return to the street or to jobs once they kick their habits. But most of the mentally disabled, many of whom have been abandoned by their families, tend to stay in his care until the end of their days.

“There is a powerful judgment of God upon Mexico,” Galvan said. “We have grown apart from our spiritual values.

“But things can’t go any lower,” he said. “Mexico is awakening.”

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Jan
21

Mercy Me – Arise and Shine Family

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MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian band founded in Greenville, Texas. The band consists of vocalist Bart Millard, keyboardist James Bryson, percussionist Robin Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul.

The band formed in 1994 and released six independent albums prior to signing with INO Records in 2001. The group first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, “I Can Only Imagine” which elevated their debut album, Almost There, to becoming certified double platinum. Since then, the group has released five additional studio albums, four of which have been certified gold, and a greatest hits album. MercyMe has won numerous Dove Awards and has had various Grammy Award nominations.

In 2009, Billboard magazine named MercyMe the Christian songs artist of the decade for the 2000s.  Their song “Word of God Speak” was named the Christian song of the decade and they also were named the Christian Adult Contemporary Songs Artist of the Decade. They had 22 number one songs as of the end of 2009, and six of their songs ranked in the top 50 songs of the decade.

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Jan
14

Jeremy Camp, Arise and Shine Family

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Jeremy Thomas Camp is a contemporary Christian musician from Lafayette, Indiana. Camp has released seven albums, four of them RIAA-certified as Gold and two are live albums, and 17 number-one hit songs. His original music is a mixture of ballads and rock.

Camp is also an ordained minister.

Early life: Jeremy Camp was born on January 12, 1978 in Lafayette, Indiana. His father Tom, the pastor at Harvest Chapel, taught him how to play guitar. After completing high school, Camp attended a Calvary Chapel Bible College in South Carolina for two years. After one of the worship leaders heard him play in the kitchen of the school he urged Camp to become a part of the worship team. Soon he led worship and played all over South Carolina.

Musical career: Camp has scored fourteen #1 Christian music hits (six from his first album, Stay). His first single was “Understand”. He has made eight music videos: “Understand”, “Walk By Faith,” “Take You Back,” “Tonight,” “Give You Glory,” “Let It Fade,” “I Am Willing,” a song which was not included on any of his albums and “Speaking Louder Than Before.”  He has also released a DVD (In24) which chronicles a regular day on tour. Live Unplugged from Franklin, TN also includes a DVD of the concert, which was recorded for the live album. He also has scored a musical number “This Man” and his video can be seen on YouTube. This video was made with clips from the movie The Passion of the Christ.

2005: Jeremy scored Christian music top spots for “Take You Back” and “Lay Down My Pride”. He also was voted the Best Male Artist in the 2005 Reader’s Choice Music Awards in the Christianity Today magazine. Camp was also ASCAP 2005 Songwriter of the Year and won the Dove Award for the Male Vocalist of the Year for the second consecutive year. In 2005 he recorded the song “Open Up Your Eyes” for the compilation release Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a September 2005 album which contained original songs written by various Christian artists for the 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Camp closed the year with both Stay and Carried Me: the Worship Project being RIAA-certified as Gold.[5] He also collaborated with Christian rapper KJ-52 on his album Behind the Musik (A Boy Named Jonah), singing the chorus on the song “Right Here.”

2006: Jeremy earned the top honors at the Twenty-Eighth Annual ASCAP Music Awards, winning the Songwriter Of The Year award (“Take You Back” and “This Man”). “Take You Back” also earned him the Song Of The Year award. Jeremy won two 2006 CCM Reader’s Choice Awards, for Favorite Artist and Favorite Male Artist. Jeremy took part in winning the Dove award for Special Event Album Of The Year, which went to Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He released a special edition of his hit album, Restored. Four new songs were included on Restored: The Deluxe Gold Edition as well as a letter to his fans.

Jeremy went back into the studio to record Beyond Measure in the spring. The album was released on October 31, 2006. Camp is also credited as producer for his wife’s album titled Don’t Wait, which was released in September, 2006.

2007: “Tonight”, the first single from the album Beyond Measure, was released in mid-August, and eventually hit #1 on Christian contemporary hit radio. It was the 11th most played single on HR stations in 2007. The second single, “What It Means,” was also a #1 hit on Jewish AJ radio. “Give Me Jesus,” the third single off “Beyond Measure,” made it into the top 5 on Inspirational radio. The fourth single, “Give You Glory,” debuted on Jewish AJ radio at #16. His song “Let it Fade” was the seventh most played song on HR radio in 2007. That year he also released a two disc (CD and DVD) for his concert tour “Live Unplugged” recorded in Franklin, Tennessee.

2008–2009:  His song “No Matter What” was the 4th most-played song on R&R magazine’s Christian CHR chart for 2008.  He also came out with his new studio album Speaking Louder Than Before, containing the hit lead single There Will Be a Day. On November 17, 2009, Jeremy Camp released another live album, entitled Jeremy Camp Live. This album featured songs from all albums to date. His Speaking Louder Than Before album was nominated for a Grammy, his first ever Grammy nomination.

2010-present: In January 2010, Jeremy Camp announced he was working on a new worship album with Brown Bannister. Beyond Measure was certified as Gold by the RIAA. The new worship album, We Cry Out, was released on August 24th.

Camp was also a judge for the 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.

Personal life: Camp and his first wife, Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp (born October 7, 1979), were married on October 21, 2000. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on February 5, 2001, when he was 23 and she was 21.  Some of his early songs reflect the emotional ordeal of her illness. “I Still Believe” was the first song he wrote after her death. “Walk By Faith” was written during their honeymoon.

In December of 2003, he married Adrienne Liesching, former front woman for The Benjamin Gate. They have two daughters: Isabella Rose Camp (born September 25, 2004) and Arianne Mae Camp (born April 5, 2006). In 2009 Adrienna and Jeremy Camp announced that they were expecting their third child, and three months into her pregnancy Adrienne lost the Baby.

Following is a Jeremy Camp song: Walk by Faith featuring clips from the file – Facing the Giants.

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