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15 Avr 2016 

Michael W. Smith performs from Saint Cloud State

Christian music superstar Michael W. Smith returned to Minnesota this weekend with back to back performances in Mankato, Friday night and St. Cloud State University Saturday night. Both shows were stripped down with Smith on guitar and keyboards with a backup keyboardist. Smith has been traveling the country showcasing his new Shine on Us, Hymns II album, sponsored by Cracker Barrel, at the same time promoting the first ever of its kind, The Passion, a live musical from New Orleans Louisiana on the story of Easter debuting Sunday night on Fox, (check local listings for times). The Passion is a very modern look at what it would have been like if the story of Jesus crucifixion would have occurred today.

Michael W. Smith performs from SCSU

Shannon Northbird

It really didnt matter if the game hacks night was just Smith and his keyboard, orchestra or full band, Smiths tremendous talent and heart shines through whatever platform is set before him. Tonight it was more intimate and Smith seemed to be very relaxed and even mentioned that people at Fox wanted him there on the set already but he said he wants to do this first, thats why he will be going there tomorrow, (Sunday).

For the next hour and half or so he poured out his heart from the stage, with a fantastic mix of music throughout the years. Smith mentioned that they have a set list, but he seldom follows it. He also shared about the unconditional love that his father, who passed last year, demonstrated to him throughout his life and how it taught him, shaped and formed him for who he is today. Smith said the love of Jesus is the same way and its available for anyone that calls out his name.

Smith had no problem engaging the crowd, hes been doing this for over two decades and with that has spanned a massive catalogue of hits, winning almost every award known for musical talent including three Grammy Awards and multiple Dove Awards, Christian musics highest accolade that is like a Grammy. Smiths set list was a superb mix of music that represented well the different phases in his career. Stand out hits like, "Place in this World," "Sovereign Over Us," "I Will Be Here for You" and the Columbine inspired Cassie Bernall story, "This is Your Time."

There was a sweet spirit in the place for sure, it was impossible to not want to lift your arms yourself. The question of the night might have been for the thousands there, God if youre real, will you help me? Or could it have been as simple as, Help Me.

It was an incredible night of worship and music. Smith shared how God came and changed his life and said that God is crazy about them, that he loves them, without conditions.

Smith would end the evening with what started out to be a private song for a couple that was moving away from the Smiths that quickly resonated with millions and has become his biggest hit to date, "Friends."

Michael W. Smith may have become a force in the Christian music industry and has reached beyond all boundaries and torn down walls, but for Smith, its about one consistent staple, its not religion to him, but a relationship. A relationship that reaches beyond the traditional church walls and finds the man in the street needing something to eat, the abused woman who could never trust again and face to face with a feared gang leader. From whatever walk of life you come from, whatever you may believe, there is something just for you at a MWS show. The Sovereign tour continues on through the summer and wraps on August 20 in Crystal Lake, Iowa.

MWS Set List St. Cloud State University

"Step By Step"

"Sky Spills Over"

"You Wont Let Go"

"Draw Me Close"

"Shine On Us"


"This is Your Time"

"Im Waiting For You"

Medley: "Place in This World/I Will Be Here For You/Heart of Worship/There is None Like You"

"Sovereign Over Us"

"Mighty To Save"

"Lord I Give You My Heart"

"Draw Me Close"


"Above All"

"Healing Rain"

"Agnus Dei"


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