The other day, I had the honor of interviewing Michael W. Smith! Enjoy!
Social Media Coordinator at Family Christian
FC: Hello Michael! How are you doing?
MWS: Doing great! Thank you!
FC: Well, I know you just released your newest cd, The Spirit of Christmas, so it is only natural that we ask a Christmas question. Can you share with us a favorite Christmas memory that you have?
MWS: Just growing up in my house…all the kids…. I mean I don’t even know where to start. We have our traditions. Christmas is a BIG thing at the Smith house. Just huge! We’d pull out the Christmas albums every September 1; everyone opens a present on Christmas Eve. A great Christmas memory is probably when I got my first red, sparkling drum set when I was 7 years old. You know, I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven! I’ll never for forget that.
FC: Speaking of gifts, do you have a favorite gift that you received for Christmas? I know mine was the Barbie Ice cream shop
MWS: Love that!
FC: I did too! Was yours your drum set?
MWS: Probably so. It was a game changer for me.
FC: I heard a quote from you that in your 31-year career, The Spirit of Christmas is the most unique album you’ve created. Can you expound on that for us?
MWS: Well I think it’s unique because of all the people who are on it. I’ve never actually had as many guest artists on an album in my life, other than the artists that were on the worship album that sang in my choir. These are people that are stepping out. I’m singing solos with them and people that are mostly not from my genre, you know Contemporary Christian music. This is an A Level group of amazing people. Carrie Underwood being one of them. Bono’s on the record. I mean it’s just insane. I’m just sort of pinching myself that we actually pulled it off.
FC: I’m sure. When I was looking at the list of artists performing with you, it’s going to reach such a huge audience! You’re hitting all the different tastes that people could have for the different genres of music and different talent it’s just phenomenal!
MWS: Well I think so. You know I think we have something really special going on. Just take me out of the equation and I think it’s just an amazing record, just from what these people brought to the project. It’s pretty off the charts.
FC: That sounds amazing! I know I will be picking up a few copies for my family this year. You’ve got a tour going on this year and some confirmed tour dates for 2015 as well. Is there anything else you are working on right now?
MWS: No, I did an exclusive album for Cracker Barrel that I worked on and then Sovereign came out in May and then the Christmas record and it’s just like wow! 3 records in one year for me. Pretty crazy!
FC: Here at Family Christian we believe strongly in the power of prayer. In fact, we have a team that gathers daily to lift others up in prayer. So how can we be praying for you right now?
MWS: You know what, probably just it’s such a busy, busy time. It’s pretty non-stop from now till the end of the year, till Christmas. Just pray for my health, for protection as we travel everywhere. I think just some of those things. Kristen, business can wear you out if you don’t watch it so please pray that I’ll get my rest and that we will all stay healthy on the road and my family as well. Thank you very much!
FC: Thank you Michael! Have a blessed Christmas season!