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Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95

Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Some 800 celebrities and other well-wishers were invited to the 95th birthday party of evangelist Billy Graham, the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times reported.
Skater Kerrigan to star in holiday special

Skater Kerrigan to star in holiday special

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic champion figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has signed on to star in the TV special "Holiday Celebration on Ice," NBC said Tuesday.

Six to be honored on country Walk of Fame

NASHVILLE, March 27 (UPI) -- The Music City Walk of Fame star wattage will amp up by six when commemorative markers are unveiled for Nashville's Walk of Fame's second class of honorees.

Michael W. Smith tops Dove Awards nominees

NASHVILLE, March 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Christian artist Michael Smith tops the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award nominations with eight nods.

MercyMe wins big at Christian music awards

NASHVILLE, April 29 (UPI) -- Worship band MercyMe, whose "I Can Only Imagine" was a huge crossover hit last year, won the Christian music industry's top honor in Nashville, Tenn.

Christian music hits mainstream radio

NASHVILLE, July 8 (UPI) -- Bob Catania has his work cut out for him.
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GOSPEL'S SMITH CONTINUES WINNING WAYS Michael W. Smith has done it again, walking off with major kudos at the Dove Awards in Nashville. The Gospel Music Association voted Smith the Best Artist award at the 34th annual celebration of Christian music.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

LISA 'LEFT EYE' LOPES Funeral arrangements are pending for Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of the Grammy-winning hip-hop trio TLC. Lopes, 30, was killed in a car accident while on vacation in Honduras.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

NASHVILLE, April 26 (UPI) -- David Phelps needs to sign up for cloning.
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International

Nominees for 44th Annual Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Here is a list of the nominees for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, in ceremonies to be tele

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Wed., Feb.27) Texas Jim Robertson was born in 1909. Hardrock Gunter was born in 1925.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

MICHAEL JACKSON Michael Jackson has opted out of this week's Grammys. The announcement, made by a spokesman for the international media, seems strange ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Mon., Feb.25) Ralph Stanley was born in 1927. The late Faron Young was born in 1932. MGM released Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" in 1949.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONIES TO ROCK Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Charlotte Church, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Savion Glover, Earth, Wind & Fire, Moby, 'NSYNC and Dianne Reeves are on the bill for what organizers hope will be a mesmerizing closing
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONIES TO ROCK Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Charlotte Church, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Savion Glover, Earth, Wind & Fire, Moby, 'NSYNC and Dianne Reeves are on the bill for what organizers hope will be a mesmerizing closing
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith arrives at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2006. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)....
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Michael W. Smith (born October 7, 1957) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, musician, recording artist, composer, and actor. He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian Music, and he has achieved considerable success in the mainstream music industry as well. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and he has earned 34 Dove Awards. Over the course of his 24-year career, he has sold more than 13 million albums and he has recorded 29 number-one hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums. Smith is an American Music Award recipient; he was also named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People".

Michael Whitaker Smith was born to Paul and Barbara Smith in Kenova, West Virginia. His father was an oil refinery worker and his mother was a caterer. He inherited his love of baseball from his father, who had played in the minor leagues. As a child, he developed a love of music through his church. He learned piano at an early age and sang in his church choir. At the age of 10, he had "an intense spiritual experience" that led to his becoming a devout Christian. "I wore this big cross around my neck," he would recall, "It was very real to me." He became involved in Bible study and found a group of older friends who shared his religious faith.

After his older Christian friends moved away to college, Smith began to struggle with feelings of loneliness and alienation. After graduating from high school, he gravitated toward alcohol and drugs. He attended Marshall University for a few semesters while developing his songwriting skills. He also played with various local bands around Huntington, West Virginia. During that time, his friend Shane Keister, who worked as a session musician in Nashville, encouraged him to move to the Country Music capital and pursue a career in music.

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