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Michael W. Smith coming to Taylor

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com

Grammy and Dove award winner Michael W. Smith will be performing a concert at Taylor University for their Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The contemporary Christian pop musician will play at 7:30 p.m. in the Rediger Chapel auditorium in Taylor’s Boren Campus Center. This concert is part of Smith’s “Surrounded By a Million Lights” world tour.

“Michael W. Smith is one of the most loved and preeminent musical artists of his generation, and in many generations,” said Jim Garringer, Taylor’s director of media relations. “(His music is) fresh, it’s new, it really is a wonderful tribute not only to his talent and his gifts but also … the faith that he adheres to.”

Smith began his musical career playing with established contemporary Christian artists in the 1980s. His mainstream crossover song “Place in This World” hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990, pushing him to stardom in his own right. Since then, he has gone on to sell over 15 million albums, publish over a dozen books and win three Grammy Awards and 45 Dove Awards.

Most recently, Smith released two albums in February 2018, studio album “A Million Lights” and live worship recording “Surrounded.” His last live worship recording, “Sovereign,” released in 2014 and became a top 10 Billboard 200 album.

This won’t be Smith’s first time in Indiana, or on Taylor’s campus. He’s performed at Taylor in previous years, which Garringer feels makes him an even more fitting special guest for this year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend. Garringer personally attended a couple of Smith’s previous Taylor concerts, as well as his performances at other venues in Indiana.

“It’s exciting that he’s coming,” Garringer said. “I’m looking forward to seeing him again. … Taylor has hosted a number of large acts in the past and continues to be able to attract outstanding recording artists who come to our campus. … It’s an opportunity, because of the venue, to connect with the audience.”

Taylor encourages interested Grant County residents or Smith fans who aren’t attending Homecoming and Family Weekend to still attend the concert. The event is open to the public. Garringer hopes to see the auditorium in Rediger packed.

“Michael W. Smith is one of the most loved and best loved artists of the last 30 years or so,” Garringer said. “It’s really excited that he’s coming to be with us for Homecoming and Family Weekend.”

Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the general public are $50 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12. Premium admission tickets are also available for $65 and include early entrance at 5:45 p.m. and a question and answer session with Smith. Find tickets and more information at michaelwsmith.eventgrid.com.