Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith announces the first leg of his "Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour." Presented by Compassion International and featuring special guest Nathan Tasker, the tour launches March 8 in Rochester, MN and traverses the Eastern half of the US into 18-plus cities through mid-May before wrapping up May 5 in Lancaster, PA.
While on tour, Michael will perform fan favorites from his extensive repertoire along with "A Million Lights," "Surrounded (Fight My Battles)" and more new music from two, all new full-length albums releasing back-to-back in February from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music: both his USA Today and Yahoo! Music-acclaimed studio album A Million Lights (Feb. 16) and the live worship album Surrounded (Feb. 23).
Along with Michael's announcement of the tour today, Billboard Magazine simultaneously highlights the upcoming events while offering its approximately 42 million unique monthly online readers a first listen to "Revolution" from the album A Million Lights at https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8095810/michael-w-smith-new-song-revolution-spring-tour-dates.
"'Revolution' was the first song I landed on for the new album. It's a bit of a throwback thought but no less true -- that we need a love revolution," Michael tells Billboard. "We need to listen more and talk less. We need to understand more and judge less. We need to love more, and we certainly need to love better. I guess that will always be the case, but it's sure true for today!"
Tickets for the "Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour" go on sale Jan. 31 in most markets along with special VIP packages featuring early entry (for general admission shows) or premium seating (for reserved shows) and a Q&A session with Michael.
In many ways, Michael is a statesman, at the fulcrum of Christian music in pivotal moments. It is said that the heart of a lion never goes away, and Michael isn't content staying with the equilibrium. At a loss for what his voice should be toward the end of 2016, this prolific artist comes roaring back with A Million Lights and Surrounded albums in a countercultural response to the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media.
"Until the world ends, music is the most powerful language there is," says Michael. "It can transform your life on every level, not just the spiritual. It can help people reconnect with why they're here."
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Michael W. Smith, "Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour" dates/cities follow:
March 8 - Rochester, MN
March 9 - Fargo, ND
March 10 - Aberdeen, SD
March 11 - Bismarck, ND
March 15 - Bloomington, MN
March 16 - Davenport, IA
March 17 - Kearney, NE
March 18 - Quincy, IL
March 23 - Daytona Beach, FL
March 24 - College Dale, TN
March 25 - Destin, FL
April 6 - Port St. Lucie, FL
April 26 - Blakely, PA
April 27 - Elkhart, IN
April 28 - Hales Corner, WI
April 29 - Detroit, MI
May 4 - Anderson, IN
May 5 - Lancaster, PA
* All dates are subject to change without notice, and additional dates may be added.
About Michael W. Smith:
Michael has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 30+ years. During his storied career, he's written 32 No. 1 singles, been honored with three Grammy Awards and 45 Dove Awards, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums. He's also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International.
About Nathan Tasker:
Australian singer-songwriter Nathan Tasker weaves his personal journey of sorrow, doubt, hope and expectation into songs that have garnered three No.1 radio singles in Australia, a No.1 hit in the UK and a nod for Australian Artist of the Year by The Rock Across Australia (2011). Following his critically acclaimed debut album, Home, Tasker's latest album, Man On A Wire, showcases his growth through a period of great sorrow and loss (Tasker and his wife lost twin babies in 2011). Known for his guitar-driven pop songs and deeply thoughtful lyrics, Tasker also engages audiences through his open and engaging style that puts fans at ease and welcomes them into the stories he tells. (www.nathantasker.com)
About Compassion International:
Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 6,700 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.8 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research.
About The Fuel Music:
Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. Based in Nashville, TN, the Fuel team brings nearly 70 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations, major label distribution and marketing, and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY Award nominated, multi-platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at www.thefuelmusic.com.