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Michael W. Smith's new worship album 'Sovereign' releases May 13

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Nashville-area resident Michael W. Smith will release his upcoming project "Sovereign" on May 13, 2014. The new release marks Smith's first studio worship album since 2008 as well as his first album with new label partner Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group.

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Smith (also known fondly as "Smitty" to his friend) moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music, In 1979, he joined the Christian group Higher Ground as a keyboardist and vocalist. However, he first established himself as a successful songwriter, signing with Meadowgreen Music in 1981. The next year he got his big break when he began touring with Amy Grant as her keyboardist on her Age to Age tour where he soon became her opening act.

Today Smith has sold more than 15 million albums, scoring 28 No. 1 hits, earning three GRAMMY® Awards and more than 40 Dove Awards. His previous worship projects have sold over 3.5 million albums, and his albums have received one Double Platinum, seven Platinum and 16 Gold RIAA Certifications. He also added actor to his resume (see "The Second Chance" video above).

“I’m enjoying making music more than I ever have in my entire life,” Smith says. “I’m having fun and I’m excited about this record and this next chapter.”

The new project will also be available as a Deluxe Edition, which will include a special DVD concert filmed at Smith's barn in Franklin, Tenn. The DVD will feature guest appearances from fellow Christian artists Kari Jobe and Leeland Mooring and will also include special behind-the-scenes footage with Michael W. Smith discussing the inspiration behind "Sovereign."

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