Michael W. Smith was born October 7th, 1957 and is an American contemporary Christian musician who has charted primarily in the contemporary Christian and occasionally in the mainstream charts. His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when “Place in this World” hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has earned 40 Dove Awards. Over the course of his career, he has sold more than 13 million albums and recorded 29 No. 1 Hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums. Smith is an American Music Award recipient; he was also named one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People”. He has also published 12 books including This is Your Time, which he worked with Christian author Gary Thomas to write.
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Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States. The band currently consists of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar). The band has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and Comatose. Awake has been certified Platinum and debuted on No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with Comatose certified Gold by RIAA.
Skillet went through several line-up changes early in their career, leaving founder John Cooper as the only original member remaining in the band. They have sold over 2 million albums in the U.S. alone and are known for a relentless touring schedule, which garnered them a top five ranking in the Hardest Working Bands of 2011 by Songkick.com.
Sidewalk Prophets is a contemporary Christian music band from Nashville, Tennessee. Their album These Simple Truths contained the single “The Words I Would Say”, which is also featured on WOW Hits 2010 and WOW Hits 2011. The group has won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. Band members include: David Frey (lead vocals), Ben McDonald (Rhythm guitar), Cal Joslin ( Bass ), Justin Nace ( Drums ), and Shaun Tomczak ( Lead Guitar).
REBECCA ST. JAMES
Rebecca St. James, born Rebecca Jean Samallbone was born on July 26th, 1977 and is a Christian pop rock singer, songwriter, musician, author, and actress. She began performing in Australia in the late 1980s and released her first full-length studio album in 1991. In 1993, she was signed to the record label ForeFront Records and released her major label debut a year later.
St. James rose to fame in the late 1990s with her RIAA certified Gold albums God and Pray, the latter of which won a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Rock Gospel Album. The albums spawned multiple singles including God, Pray, and Yes, I believe in God. Since then she has established herself as one of the most prominent musical artists in CCM with four additional full-length albums. Since the beginning of her career, St. James has sold a total of two million albums.
Sanctus Real is an American Christian rock band formed in Toledo, Ohio in 1996. The group is composed of Matt Hammitt (lead vocalist, guitar), Chris Rohman (lead guitar), Dan Gartley (bass), Pete Prevost (guitar), and Mark Graalman (drums). The band is best known for their number one singles “Beautiful Day” (a U@ cover), “Everything About You”, “The Fight Song”, “I’m Not Alright”, “Don’t Give Up”, We Need Each Other”, “Forgiven” and “lead Me”. Since 2002, they have released five albums through the Sparrow Records label.