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GRAMMY-WINNING RECORDING ARTISTS AMY GRANT AND MICHAEL W. SMITH ANNOUNCE MULTI-CITY ë2 FRIENDSí TOUR SLATED FOR EARLY 2011
Posted November 09, 2010

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GRAMMY-WINNING RECORDING ARTISTS
AMY GRANT AND MICHAEL W. SMITH
ANNOUNCE MULTI-CITY ë2 FRIENDSí TOUR SLATED FOR EARLY 2011


Marks the First Time These Iconic Performers
Have Toured Together In More Than Two Decades


NASHVILLE, TN ñ Nov. 9, 2010 ñ Multi-platinum recording artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith have announced plans for a multi-city U.S. tour that will reunite these two iconic singer/songwriters for the first time on the road together (for a non-holiday tour) in more than two decades. Kicking off in early February, the ì2 Friendsî tour is slated to hit approximately 20 cities across the country, including Chicago, Omaha, Minneapolis and Cleveland, among others.

Undoubtedly a landmark experience for music fans, the tour showcases two of Christian musicís most recognized and beloved artists who have, together, won nine GRAMMYÆ Awards and sold more than 47 million albums. The two first toured together in 1982 on Grantís Age to Age Tour. Her Age to Age album was exploding up the Christian music charts, thanks to hits like ìEl Shaddaiî and ìSing Your Praise To The Lord.î Smith toured as Grantís keyboard player and opening act, supporting his debut release, Project, which generated instant classics like ìGreat Is The Lordî and ìFriends.î They toured together on and off through the rest of that decade, culminating in the record-setting ìLead Me Onî tour. They have continued to collaborate together musically over the years.

ìIíve always said I wouldn't be where I am without Amy Grant,î Smith says. ìWhen Amy hired me to play keyboards for her, I never could have anticipated where it would take me. This many years later, to get to tour together again is just awesome. When I think about set lists and what we might do together, the question isnít, ëWhere do we start?í The question is, ëWhere do we stop?í This will be a fun night with a lot of great memories.î

ìThat first decade we toured together was really pretty amazing,î Grant adds. ìThereís a nostalgia element that comes with having worked with someone solidly for so long and Iím ecstatic about hitting the road with Michael again. We will share the stage and participate in each otherís sets. But no kidding, I will have just as much fun sitting on the side of the stage and watching him. It will be like old times.î

Both artists will perform music from their vast catalog of fan favorites, along with selections from their current chart-topping albums: Grantís Somewhere Down The Road (March 2010), and Smithís brand new project, Wonder (Sept. 2010). Ticket information for the 2 Friends Tour will be available on each artistís website: www.amygrant.com and www.michaelwsmith.com.

About Amy Grant:
Amy Grantís career spans over 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and won six GRAMMYÆ Awards in multiple categories, beginning with the platinum selling Age to Age in 1982. She also has six #1 hits, including ìBaby, Baby,î and ìEvery Heartbeatî and is one of only two Christian artists to be awarded a star on the legendary Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

Grant released her first live recording in 25 years with Time Again...Amy Grant Live in September 2006, and then announced her first ever label shift to EMI Music Group where her entire music catalog was re-mastered. In March of 2010, Grant released Somewhere Down The Road, a collection of songs about the journey of life and faith. The album debuted at #2 on the iTunes Christian music chart and the first single, ìBetter Than A Hallelujah,î was a Top 10 Christian radio hit and #1 on the iTunes Christian singles chart. For more information, go to www.amygrant.com.

About Michael W. Smith:
Throughout his 28-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His prior 21 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, three GRAMMYÆ 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 16 Gold, 7 Platinum and 2 Double-Platinum albums for career sales approaching 17 million. Wonder, Smithís 22nd career album, released Sept. 28, 2010. Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009, Smith has also scored several film projects, written 11 books and has been featured by media outlets including ìHannity,î NBCís ìToday Show,î ABCís ìGood Morning America,î ìNBC Nightly News,î ìLarry King Live,î ìFOX & Friendsî and more.

Constantly giving back to the community, one of Smithís current projects is Rocketown ñ a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. ñ which serves as safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He and wife of 29 years, 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.


2 FRIENDS TOUR ñ MICHAEL W. SMITH & AMY GRANT
* Dates may not be final and are subject to change without notice.

Feb. 10 Holland, MI Central Wesleyan Church
Feb. 11 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
Feb. 12 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Feb. 13 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum, Theatre
Feb. 14 Omaha, NE Holland Performing Arts Centre
Feb. 17 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Feb. 18 Franklin, NC Smokey Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 19 New Bern, NC Temple Baptist Church
Feb. 24 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square Center
Feb. 25 Grove City, OH Grove City Church of the Nazarene
Feb. 26 Erie, PA Warner Theatre
Feb. 27 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Arena
March 3 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
March 4 Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre
March 6 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre

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TOUR PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Debra Akins | Southside Entertainment
Debra@DebraAkins.com | 321.747.0078

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