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35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music Of Michael W. Smith

by Ginny McCabe

Michael W. Smith will commemorate 35 years in the music industry with a star-studded concert—35 years of Friends: Celebrating The Music Of Michael W. Smith on Tuesday, April 30 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The evening event will feature many of the biggest names in music to pay tribute to Smith and his songs.

Special guests will include Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Gavin DeGraw, Home Free, The Katinas, Wes King, Nicole C. Mullins, Michael Tait, Matthew Ward and Zach Williams, who will join the previously announced line-up.

Other appearances will include Amy Grant, Avalon with Jay DeMarcus, Bob Goff, Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys, CeCe Winans, Chonda Pierce, Danny Gokey, Francesca Battistelli, The Gatlin Brothers, Gavin DeGraw, Henry Cho, The Isaacs, Jars of Clay, Jason Crabb, Jim Brickman, John Crist, Jordan Smith, Jordin Sparks, Justin Flom, Laura Story, Lee Greenwood, Mac Powell, Matt Maher, Matthew West, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Nate Bargatze, Newsboys, The Oak Ridge Boys, Phil Keaggy, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Point of Grace, Randy Travis, Rascal Flatts, Ricky Skaggs, Russ Taff, Sandi Patty, Scott Hamilton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Vince Gill, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Wynonna, the Original MWS Band, and more.

Promoted by Outback Concerts and produced by Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, concertgoers will experience more than 40 artists from a variety of musical genres, performing a set list that will include many of Smith’s 35 #1 hit singles.

Additionally, 2018 marked the 35th Anniversary of Smith’s Top 10 single “Friends.” Most recently, Smith  performed the song at the Washington, D.C. memorial service for President George H.W. Bush.

Smith has earned 45 Dove awards, three Grammy awards, and an American Music award. He has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums. AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience, Smith’s latest release, came out earlier this year.

Smith has also given back, globally. He has helped raise funds to battle AIDS in Africa; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee, and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International. Additionally, Smith has written several best-selling books, including Old Enough To Know and Friends Are Friends Forever.

For the latest news and tour dates, go to www.michaelwsmith.com.  Tickets for 35 years of Friends: Celebrating The Music Of Michael W. Smith are available at www.ticketmaster.com and the Bridgestone Arena box office.

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