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MICHAEL W. SMITH JOINS ALL-STAR LINEUP FOR "NASHVILLE RISING" BENEFIT CONCERT
Posted June 23, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jacquelyn Luttrell
Phone: 615-261-6500
pr@pmgsonymusic/com


MICHAEL W. SMITH JOINS ALL-STAR LINEUP
FOR ìNASHVILLE RISINGî BENEFIT CONCERT


(Nashville, Tenn.) June 23, 2010 - GRAMMY, AMA and Dove Award winning artist, Michael W. Smith, performed two moving songs (ìPlace In This Worldî and ìBridge Over Troubled Waterî) before a sold out crowd during last nightís ìNashville Risingî benefit concert.

The event, held at Bridgestone Arena, was spearheaded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Proceeds from the concert will benefit The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which is working to address flood relief and recovery in Middle Tennessee. Event organizers expect to announce the total raised for flood relief tomorrow.

Artists on the lineup included: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Montgomery Gentry, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Julie Roberts, Blake Shelton, Michael W. Smith, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and ZZ Top.

Special guests included: Academy Award winning actress Sandra Bullock, Governor Phil Bredesen, Mayor Karl Dean and Jeff Fisher, head coach of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

Below is a link to footage from last nightís event, courtesy of Travis Television.
Nashville Rising http://downcastserver.com/rising.php

About Michael W. Smith (Reunion Records/Provident Label Group):
Throughout his 27-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 21 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, three GRAMMY Æ Awards (from 13 nominations), 44 GMA Dove Awards (in addition to 1 nomination in the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards) and 33 No. 1 radio hits. In addition, he holds 15 Gold, 7 Platinum and 1 Double-Platinum album for career sales approaching 15 million.

Smith, who was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009, has scored several film projects, written 11 books and has been featured by media outlets including, NBCís Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, FOX and Friends, Hannity and Colmes, USA Today, NY Times, The Washington Post, LA Times, Newsweek, has been named one of People Magazine's ìMost Beautiful Peopleî and has presented multiple times on the GRAMMYÆ Awards show.


His tours consistently rank among the best attended in the country, and he has performed to capacity crowds throughout the world.

Constantly giving back to the community, one of Smithís current projects is Rocketown--a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn.--which serves as safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He and wife Debbie are the proud parents of five children. For up-to-date information on Michael W. Smith, please visit www.michaelwsmith.com or www.providentpress.com.

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