Once in a Lifetime Tribute for Michael W Smith

With over 45 Dove awards, three Grammy awards, and an American Music award, MICHAEL W. SMITH has forever enshrined his mark in the music history books. Smith garnered yet another Grammy nod recently with a nomination for ‘Best Contemporary Christian Music Album’ for his latest worship effort, ‘Surrounded.’

“Celebrating Michael W. Smith” is a once-in-a-lifetime tribute event, promoted by Outback Concerts and produced by Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, friends and fellow musicians will pay tribute to Smith on April 30, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Celebrating his remarkable 35-year career will include Amy Grant, Bob Goff, Brian Littrell from the the Backstreet Boys, CeCe Winans, Chonda Pierce, Danny Gokey, Donnie McClurkin, Francesca Battistelli, The Gatlin Brothers, The Isaacs, Jars of Clay, Jason Crabb, Jim Brickman, Jordan Smith, Jordin Sparks, Justin Flom, Laura Story, Lee Greenwood, Mac Powell, Matt Maher, Matthew West, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Newsboys, The Oak Ridge Boys, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Russ Taff, Sandi Patty, Scott Hamilton, Vince Gill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and the Original MWS Band, Wynonna and more to be announced soon.

Dubbed ‘35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of Michael W. Smith,’ music lovers will experience over 35 artists, from all genres, performing a set list to include many of Smith’s 35 #1 hit singles. In addition, 2018 marks the 35th Anniversary of Smith’s Top 10 single “Friends,” which helped introduce his music to both secular and non-secular audiences.

“Michael is a Christian music icon and we can think of no better way to celebrate him than with this star-studded lineup we have put together,” says Outback Concerts’ Morgan Carney. “It’s going to be an event not to be missed, and will be a fantastic celebration of one of the greats.”


New Releases from Authnetic Media


FEBRUARY: WOW GOSPEL 2017. The power packed compilation returns with the best Gospel praise anthems, ballads and radio hits of the year. The double disc CD features tracks from legendary  gospel talents such as Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin  and many more! The DVD features live and concept videos from artists such as William Murphy and Israel Houghton…..MARCH: Grammy award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader LAURA STORY has a gift for communicating. She first connected with people when her song “Blessings” found an audience. She has since continued to draw from her life experiences and challenges to speak to the heart of the Christian faith. With reflection, vulnerability, and personal honesty, Laura once again pens songs that gift a deep spiritual connection in her newest worship-focused release “Open Hands”…..Revival is rising. Faith is stretching. Hope is being restored. Echoing this spirit of Elijah, it is the prayer of ELEVATION WORSHIP, with the release of their new live album ‘There is a Cloud’, that these songs will usher in a new season of revival in our hearts, in our churches, and in our world. These new songs will fuel your faith and restore your hope as you draw closer to the heart of Christ…..Filled with positive, uplifting lyrics, along with energetic beats and tender melodies, ‘Lifer’ delivers the massive hits that MercyMe is known for. It’s a reminder that no matter what life may bring, we can find hope to persevere. We are more alike than we are different, and we are connected by our stories and a God who is the author of them and we can trust our lives to Him.

Gospel Award for Hezekiah Walker

Hezekiah Walker

BISHOP HEZEKIAH WALKER was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The Grammy Award-winning gospel artist was honored along with singer/songwriter Russ Taff; founder of Christian Copyright Licensing International, Howeard Rachinski, and other industry luminaries. The honorees were celebrated with tributes and performances from Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Richard Smallwood, JJ Hairston, Michael English, Amy Grant and Pastor Donnie McClurkin.

Black Gospel Music New Releases.

Donnie McClurkin

BLACK GOSPEL MUSIC…..’Duets’ is the brand new album from DONNIE McCLURKIN (photo), and features collaborations with Mary Mary, Preashea Hilliard, and Tye Tribbett…..BOBBY JONES has released his new album, ‘Rejoice With Me’. It contains the hit title track, featuring Faith Evans…..The new single from Stellar Award-Winning Artist PATRICK DOPSON is called ‘God Is’. Hear it now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nEeLkFaZ7o&feature=youtu.be   April 8th, sees the release of ‘Stand Up For Jesus’, featuring all new and original music form AMI RUSHES…..Solo artist, KHARE, has released a new single. ‘One Holy’ is available from the usual download sites…..’Moving Forward’, ‘I Love to Worship’ and ‘Nothing’ are just three of the tracks featured on the new self titled album from DARNELL DAVIS & THE REMNANT…..’Help’ is the debut album from ERICA CAMPBELL. It includes the Grammy Nominated Single ‘A Little More Jesus’ and the powerful title track, featuring Lecrae…..’Sunday A.M’ is the brand new single from KAREN CLARK SHEARD. It’s now available to download from iTunes.