Michael M. Smith was born in Charleston, SC and is a proud product of the Gullah heritage. As he reached the age of ten, his family moved to a small town outside of Charleston where his mother began a work that blossomed into 17 churches. He served as Minister of Music for his mother until he left home to further his education. Michael relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he studied electronics engineering. He also served as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor in the Atlanta area for 16 years.
In 1999, Michael relocated to Virginia Beach, VA. For more than seven years Michael has served as Minister of Worship & Arts at Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA. He is the director of Ebony Impact Gospel Choir at Old Dominion University.
Michael’s mission stands clear: to “Usher mankind into a worship experience that influences their way of life, daily demonstrate the truth of Christ to the world and influence other Christians to do the same, be a model of excellence in servant leadership and worship leading, and create music that will cause Christians to make their worship a lifestyle.” Yet, Michael believes that his greatest and most important ministry is being a husband and father.
From the age of 15, Michael has been preaching the Gospel. Now an ordained minister, he has traveled the US, Europe and Africa spreading the Gospel through song and the preached word. Michael is a certified trainer with Leadership Training International and an instructor for the Foundations Of Faith Leadership Institute where he prepares up and coming Christian Leaders. As an Advisory Board member for Nyame Bekyere Christian School, Michael works to enhance the learning environment and opportunities for the children of the village of Nyame Bekyere which is located outside of Accra in the nation of Ghana.
Michael Smith is the proud husband of Minister Sharon Smith and the father of a beautiful daughter. He is a seasoned teacher and preacher of the Gospel. He has a wealth of knowledge of the gospel music field. He is an excellent mentor for worship leaders and musicians. His whole life has been dedicated to serving God and the people of God. Michael is an advocate for the homeless and travels abroad on foreign missions.
“Intergenerational” is one of the best ways to describe Michael’s music. The influences of growing up in the Low Country of Charleston, SC as a “PK” (preacher’s kid) and spending more than a decade in Atlanta, GA serving in music ministry come across in the rhythmic nature of the songs Michael writes. You see his cultural heritage manifested each time he sings and leads worship with his infectious exuberance.
In each of Michael’s CD projects, Worship Of A Redeemed Man, Worship Unplugged, Bigger Than I Imagined, All Right, and A Christmas Note, you hear the desperate heart of a worshipper beckoning you to join him in pursuit of God’s presence. His music is a powerful yet delicate mix of passionate prayer ballads, intense celebrations and traditional southern-style church — all with plenty of fresh flavoring to make it relevant yet enough substance to make it timeless.
Michael M. Smith – “Bringing Worship to the Frontline”