Friday, October 7, 2016

Michael W. Smith is Born

Michael W. Smith was born on October 7, 1957.
October 7, 1957
On this day in 1957, Michael Whitaker Smith was born in Kenova, West Virginia. The three-time Grammy Award winner has also won 40 Dove Awards to date. His biggest success, at least in the world’s eyes, was the release of the song “Place in this World” in 1991 which got as high as #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although growing up in a model Christian home, Smith started moving toward alcohol and drugs after he graduated from high school, but attended Marshall University while he honed in on his songwriting. After playing in a few local bands, he was encouraged to move to Nashville. There he worked as a landscaper by day, played at the clubs at night. Drugs and stress got the best of him and in 1979 Smith suffered a breakdown which led to his recommitment to Jesus Christ. The very next day he auditioned for a new Christian band, Higher Ground and the rest is history.