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Michael W. Smith Interview With Mark Rice about His Hymn II Album and Work On “The Passion”
Michael: Yes. It’s in the hymn book. *chuckle* JFH (Mark): Oh it is? I wouldn’t have figured that.
Michael: I’m just doing the unplugged thing, mainly supporting the Cracker Barrel records the first part of the year. I have eight things on my board that I’d like to do, and I don’t know which one I’m gonna do yet. I’m not in any hurry. I just feel like I need to make the best record of my life, and if it takes me five years to do it, then I’m gonna take my time and do it. And I feel like I’ve gotta get an A-team of players. You know what was really fun? I was working with Adam Andrews. Adam did a few shows with me, he’s played with Steven Curtis forever, he moved to LA, and he became this huge music producer out there, doing Glee and tons of other stuff, but he’s one of the main reasons the PASSION has come to America. So I spent a whole week with Adam on the set. So maybe he’s going to be a player in this whole thing, heling me shape what is next for me. But you know, I’ve just gotta find and write ten or twelve amazing songs.
Michael: So me and four other musicians? Wooooow! Oh my gosh…
Michael: Well, I’m thinking… I think Bono would be one of those people, it would be real fun to do something with Bono. I think it would be fun to take people from different genres, you know? Gosh, I’d probably say Jencarlos. I’ve only known him for a week, and the guy is unbelievable. So you’ve got a pop star and a rock star. Maybe take someone from our genre as well. Um… Jon Foreman! Jon would be awesome. So I’ve got four? And Chris Martin. How about that for a quintet?
Michael: *chuckles* Yeah, that would make history. Michael W. Smith’s latest album, Hymns II: Shine On Us is available now at Cracker Barrel’s Old Country Store!