Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant bring Christmas cheer to PREMIER Center

9/25/2015

Sioux Falls has been selected as one of only seven cities to host Michael W. Smith’s national Christmas tour this year with Amy Grant. The concert is presented by LIFE 96.5 FM.

Smith and Grant will perform along with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on December 13.

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 2 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $85, $59, $49, $39, and $29 and will be available at the KELOLAND Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Smith’s long-time friend and fellow GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant will co-bill with him in Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, St. Louis, Atlanta, Greensboro and Fairfax. The evening will feature favorites from Smith’s latest Christmas release Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, which includes an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald. The holiday album scored a nomination for Christmas Album of the Year at the upcoming 46th Annual Dove Awards. Smith also earned a nod with “Christ Be All Around Me” for Inspirational Song of the Year. For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit michaelwsmith.com/tour.

The Christmas tour will come on the heels of a busy fall for Smith with tour commitments across the United States, Brazil, Korea, The Ukraine and Japan. The acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician is currently promoting his role in 90 Minutes in Heaven. Alongside his son Tyler, Smith created the score for the motion picture. Based on Don Piper’s New York Times bestseller (7 million books sold--now also available in a movie edition), 90 Minutes in Heaven, Giving Films’ first project, is the amazing and true story of Piper’s death in an auto accident, his experience of heaven and his return to severe physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. Smith joined fellow actors Hayden Christensen (Star Wars, Jumper), Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, Superman Returns), E! News host Jason Kennedy and other cast members along with the real Piper family - Don, Eva, Nicole, Chris and Joe - at the film’s world premiere at the historic FOX Theatre in Atlanta on Sept. 1. Directed by the famed Michael Polish and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, 90 Minutes in Heaven opened in theaters on Sept. 11.

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About Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY® Awards, one American Music Award and more than 40 Dove Awards. In honor of ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary, Smith, along with Amy Grant, was honored as “a cornerstone of Christian music,” for his groundbreaking career and significant influence on the genre. In 2014, Smith released both Hymns, his first-ever classic album featuring church favorites available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and CrackerBarrel.com, and Sovereign, which took a Top 10 spot on the Billboard 200, as well as the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart. His fourth career Christmas album, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, released during the fall of 2014 and received critical acclaim from The New York Times, USA Today and more. Featuring Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald, the project was one of the top-selling Christmas albums of the season. Smith is an active supporter of Rocketown, the Nashville-based center for at-risk teens, Compassion International and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham. For more information, visit www.michaelwsmith.com.

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