Michael Whitaker Smith was born on October 7, 1957 in Kenova, West Virginia. He is an American contemporary Christian musician, who has charted primarily in the contemporary Christian and occasionally in the mainstream charts. His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when “Place in this World” hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has earned 40 Dove Awards. Over the course of his career, he has sold more than 15 million records and recorded 29 No. 1 Hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums. Smith is an American Music Award recipient. He has also published 12 books including This is Your Time, which he worked with Christian author Gary Thomas to write.
Whether sharing the gospel on foreign soil or mentoring artists that seek his counsel on balancing family and music, Smith has long had a passion for serving God and serving others. It’s a fire that continues to burn brightly with no sign of abating.
“I don’t see retirement anywhere in the Bible. It’s a calling. I love to write. I love to play. It’s still the most beautiful place.”