Christian star makes debut on SundayContemporary Christian music is a genre that does not have a solely religious fan base. Amy Grant has made a name in mainstream music, and Michael W. Smith has achieved prominence for his faith-based music.
Mr. Smith will come to Korea for the first time to perform at Olympic Park in Songpa district this Sunday for a single performance.
Since his debut in 1983, Mr. Smith has had a steady fan base in Korea for his ballad music, appealing to Christians and non-conformists alike.
Mr. Smith was able to achieve pop star status not merely with his golden boy good looks (he was once voted one of People magazine’s “Fifty most beautiful people”), but also because his songs have reached the Billboard chart’s top 100 numerous times.
The winner of three Grammy Awards, Mr. Smith has been nominated eleven times throughout his career.
He has not only gained fame as a singer and songwriter, but also as a keyboardist.
The appeal of Mr. Smith’s influence and style has surpassed his Christian music fans, and now his base includes the pop and soft rock audience.
Since his debut album, the “Michael W. Smith Project,” he has produced a total of 18 albums, including Christmas, worship and instrumental ones. Four of his albums have been best sellers with more than a million copies sold worldwide.
For his first ever concert in Korea, Mr. Smith will perform some of his most memorable hit songs, including “Friends,” “A Place in This World,” “I Will be Here for You” and “Above All,” among others.
The Michael W. Smith Live Concert will start at 7 p.m. Sunday in the gymnasium of the Olympic Park in eastern Seoul.
by Choi Jie-ho
Ticket prices range from 30,000 to 60,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2650-7481~3 or visit www.mws2005.co.kr.