Contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith plans Bemidji show, tickets on sale Sept. 26
BEMIDJI – Michael W. Smith is coming to Bemidji.
The Christian musician will bring his Wonder, Worship & Glory Tour to Bemidji High School in mid-November.
The concert will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the high school auditorium. Tickets, ranging from $25 to $35, go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 at ticketfly.com.
Smith, 54, is perhaps best known for “Place in this World,” a top-10 Billboard hit released in 1991. He also is known for songs such as “Friends” and “I Will Be Here for You.”
The Bemidji concert, which will including a combination of older hits and worship music, will kick off the final weekend of the Wonder, Worship & Glory Tour as it continues on to Fargo, N.D., before culminating Nov. 18 in Burlington, Iowa. Smith then will begin his Very Special Christmas Tour.
“Bemidji definitely fits the goal of this tour,” Chaz Corzine, Smith’s manager, said Friday.
Corzine said Smith usually does larger productions, but had earmarked 2012 for smaller, more acoustic-type events.
“By doing that, we’re going to some second- and third-tier markets,” Corzine said.
Still, Smith has been overseas six times this year, including stops in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Brazil.
“He really likes the contrast,” Corzine said of larger shows and smaller concerts. “He enjoys the intimacy of these types of shows just as much.”
Smith, during his 29-year-career, has made 24 albums and won numerous awards, including an American Music Award, three Grammys, 44 GMA Dove Awards, and has marked 33 No. 1 radio hits.
In November 2011, Smith released Glory, his second full-length instrumental album. In January, he released Decades of Worship, a collection of his most popular worship songs.
Smith, who also has written 12 books, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Joining Smith for the tour is L’Angélus, a band from Louisiana composed of four siblings.
L’Angélus offers a combination of Louisiana musical traditions: Cajun fiddle tune, saxophone swamp-pop, and New Orleans-influenced R&B.
Corzine, a couple of years ago, stumbled upon L’Angélus while they were playing at a small place in Nashville. The place was packed and he recognized at least three other recording artists in the audience.
“I listened to these guys and they were just amazing,” he recalled.
As he and Smith got to know them more, they invited L’Angélus to join Smith on his Christmas tour last year. L’Angélus provided background vocals and stepped out for a song or two on their own.
“They just knocked it out of the park,” Corzine said. “People loved them.”
L’Angélus was invited back this year for Smith’s Wonder, Worship & Glory Tour.
“It has just been magic,” Corzine said.
Smith comes out, does a couple of songs and then introduces L’Angélus, which does a set of its own. Smith then plays a few songs with L’Angélus before an intermission. After the break, Smith comes back and L’Angélus becomes his band.
“They’re leaving fans in their wake,” Corzine said.