|LABEL: Reunion Records|
GENRE: Praise & Worship
SPECIAL EFFECT(S): This November, Michael W. Smith and Third Day will hit the road together, traveling to 16 cities on the "Come Together and Worship Tour." It's sure to draw some of the biggest crowds of the season.
PRODUCER(S): Michael W. Smith
As Michael W. Smith released his first full-length worship album on September 11, 2001, the country was in the midst of a national tragedy. As the nation began the healing process, Smith's live worship recording tugged at heartstrings across the country and fueled a fire that had been ignited in churches and households nationwide. Worship was last year's fastest-selling album and received Dove Awards for Praise & Worship Album of the Year and Inspirational Song of the Year ("Above All").
On July 19, 2002, Smith again packed an auditorium – this time at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky — to capture another live event. The new recording, Worship Again features a brand new collection of classic worship choruses and newly-penned creations that Smith performed this time around with a 14-member band and vocal worship team. The result is a reverent and moving worship experience, with a crop of songs that may even be more powerful than those on the original recording.
Among the album's highlights are the emotion-filled, Chris Tomlin-penned "Wonderful Cross" and the new worship classic, "Lord Have Mercy" (which also appears as a studio cut on the album with guest vocalist Amy Grant). The Rich Mullins favorite, "Step By Step," makes a nice album opener, and the patriotic "There She Stands" is the fitting final track.
Worship Again is another heavy-hitter for an artist who has secured his position as one of the top worship leaders of our day.