Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith is taking preorders beginning today for his A Million Lights album set to release Feb. 16 from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.
Two instant downloads, both "Love Always Wins" and the title track that has USA Todayraving "Michael W. Smith is shining brighter than ever," are available now from iTunes, with additional preorder options available from Amazon Music and other digital providers internationally.
Leading up to today's preorder, Yahoo! Music premiered "Love Always Wins," as well as revealed the cover art for A Million Lights, at https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/song-premiere-michael-w-smith-debuts-love-always-wins-145439946.html.
The inspiration behind "Love Always Wins" is "our shifting culture and our hostility towards one another," says Michael. "My parents taught me to love and respect others, even if we had differing points of view. That doesn't seem to be the norm today. I've seen love disarm some volatile situations. It's a simple - but true - principle: love always wins."
"Love Always Wins" and "A Million Lights," along with the rest of the album, was fueled by the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media.
"I've gotten to the point I almost avoid Social Media," laments Michael. "To me, it is so revolting to see Facebook headlines that boast: 'This guy shut down that guy in 20 seconds.' When did it become about 'shutting down' another person. We've lost the value of conversation. That's the dialogue I'd like to open - 'Can we just talk? I don't have to agree with you -and you don't have to agree with me. But can we find some common ground to build on?'"
The full A Million Lights track listing follows:
01) A Million Lights
03) Something In My Heart
05) Your Love
06) Love Always Wins
07) Crashing Waves
10) Hey Love
11) You Make Me Feel This Way
13) Who You Are
For all the latest Michael W. Smith news, tour dates - including his 22-city 2017 Christmas tour with Amy Grant, Jordan Smith and a full symphony orchestra that begins tomorrow, go towww.michaelwsmith.com and connect through his socials:
2017 Christmas Tour:
Sat. Nov. 11 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Mon. Nov. 13 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
Tue. Nov. 14 Orem, UT UCCU Center
Wed. Nov. 15 Nampa, ID Idaho Center
Thu. Nov. 16 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
Fri. Nov. 17 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Entertainment and Sport Center
Sat. Nov. 18 Everett, WA Xfinity Arena at Everett
Sun. Nov. 19 Portland, OR Moda Center
Sat. Nov. 25 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center
Sun. Nov. 26 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Thu. Nov. 30 Oklahoma City, OK Crossings Community Church **
Fri. Dec. 1 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Sat. Dec. 2 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sun. Dec. 3 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Center
Tues. Dec. 5 Greensboro, NC Westover Church **
Fri. Dec. 8 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Sat. Dec. 9 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
Sun. Dec. 10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Thu. Dec. 14 Van Wert, OH Niswonger Performing Arts Center **
Fri. Dec. 15 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Sat. Dec. 16 Fairfax, VA Eaglebank Arena
Sun. Dec. 17 Hershey, PA GIANT Center
* All dates and venues are subject to change without notice
** Amy Grant will not appear on these events