During a storied career spanning more than three decades, multi-Platinum artist and bestselling author Michael W. Smith has written 35 No. 1 singles and sold more than 15 million albums while accumulating numerous accolades, including three GRAMMY® Awards, 45 Dove Awards, an American Music Award and, most recently, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.Born in Kenova, West Virginia, on October 7, 1957, Smith wrote his first song when he was 5. After moving to Nashville in 1978 to work as a songwriter and performing with several local bands, Smith later signed on as a staff writer with Meadow green Music, where he penned gospel hits for artists including Sandi Patty, Kathy Troccoli, Bill Gaither and Amy Grant.Smith began touring as Grant’s keyboard player in 1982, and the next year he became her opening act after releasing his debut album. The 1984 follow-up, Michael W. Smith 2, earned him a GRAMMY® for Best Gospel Performance, after which he shifted gears musically and began developing a more rock oriented sound to reach a younger and more secular audience.The transition proved a successful one, as Smith has since released more than two dozen albums and landed numerous singles on both the adult contemporary and Christian charts. He won his second GRAMMY® in 1995 for I’ll Lead You Home and another in 2002 for Worship Again. In between, he became the first Christian artist to be honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting in 1999.Last February, Smith released A Million Lights and Surrounded, his first live worship recording since 2014, just a week apart. The two releases became his 30th and 31st Top Ten entries on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart, the most among solo artists in the span of his career, and they followed Smith’s successful “Surrounded By a Million Lights World Tour” in 2017.More than just an outstanding songwriter and performer, Smith has given back to the global community throughout his career. In 1994, he launched Rocketown, a holistic, faith-based youth outreach facility in downtown Nashville aimed at providing a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope. Smith has also raised funds to battle the AIDS epidemic in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono, and he has helped more than 70,000 children through his work with Compassion International.Smith also launched the first book in a new children’s series in May, accompanied by his first-ever children’s album, Lullaby.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Michael W. Smith and other top speakers and celebrities.