Surrounded by a Million Lights World Tour
Opening the 12th season of the Autumn Ridge Arts Series, Smith’s single show will mark six years since his pair of sellout concerts at Autumn Ridge in 2012
MICHAEL W. SMITH is one of the most influential and best-selling artists in the history of Christian music, and has achieved acclaim in the mainstream music industry as well. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has earned 45 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Smith has sold more than 18 million albums including fourteen gold albums, five platinum albums and 31 Number One Hit songs. Michael W. Smith is also an American Music Award recipient.
Smith is releasing not one, but two albums in February: A million lights on February 16 and his live worship album Surrounded on February 23. The first stop on Michael W. Smith’s world tour is the Autumn Ridge Arts Series show in Rochester on Thursday March 8!
For many, the music of artists like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith has been the music of their Christian lives.
Beginning in 1982 when he accompanied Amy Grant on her acclaimed “Age to Age” tour, Smith has taken the music world by storm. In 1990, he released Go West Young Man, as his first mainstream album. It featured his crossover hit “Place in This World.” Change Your World (with number one adult contemporary hit “I Will Be Here for You”) was released in 1992. Smith’s 1995 album I’ll Lead You Home, and 1998 albums Live the Life and Christmastime continued the tradition of hit records.
In 1999, Smith released one of his most beautiful and poignant songs, “This Is Your Time,” a tribute to high school student Cassie Bernall, killed at Columbine. Smith performed at memorial services honoring the victims of this tragedy.
Smith released his first all instrumental album, Freedom, in 2000 and Worship on September 11, 2001. His second instrumental album, Glory, was released in the fall of 2011.
Joining Michael W. Smith is Nathan Tasker
ABOUT THE AUTUMN RIDGE ARTS SERIES
The Autumn Ridge Arts Series brings the finest and most significant world-class Christian artists to Southeast Minnesota. Founded in 2007, the Autumn Ridge Church Arts Series hosts two major arts events annually.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Located on a 60-acre scenic hillside in Rochester Minnesota, Autumn Ridge Church is the largest and oldest congregation in Southeast Minnesota. Autumn Ridge is a non-denominational church founded in 1857, moving to its current site in 2006. The facility offers to greater Rochester more than 100,000 square feet of worship, ministry, and service space. Accessible by a local international airport and home of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester is a thriving community just 90 miles south of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The main auditorium seats 1188, with reserved seating and general admission capabilities. The space is acoustically tuned for presentations ranging from major touring rock shows to dramatic theatrical performances, chamber orchestras, smaller ensembles, choirs, and conferences. Served by theatrical lighting and a substantial house PA, the space also routinely accommodates touring shows with traveling and contracted production and backline. The venue is served by experienced professional and volunteer staff. A spacious lobby accommodates pre- and post-show activities, ticketing, and merchandise sales. Complete back of house facilities are available.
THE CENTER AT AUTUMN RIDGE
An attached athletic facility, the CENTER provides a venue for high-energy youth events with 1,200 – 1,500 standing festival capacity. The CENTER also provides showers, catering, and dressing room facilities.
THE COMMON GROUNDS CAFÉ
Adjacent to the main lobby, this multi-purpose space is served by a commercial kitchen.
At 4,000 square feet with a capacity of 150, this warm chapel space is popular for smaller performing events and meet/greet activities.