Michael W. Smith inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Contemporary Christian recording artist, record label and music industry executive and actor, Michael W. Smith was one of six inductees, who were recently honored with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. The induction ceremony was held April 22 in Nashville.

The second class of inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame presented by founding sponsor Gibson Guitar, also included The Crickets, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Wynonna Judd and Frances Preston.

"This class of inductees continues to showcase the diversity of the music that thrives in this city," said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Each honoree has left an indelible mark on music worldwide and on our city's musical heritage. We're privileged to pay homage to their great success."

Nominations, open to the public, were accepted in the categories of artist, musician, songwriter, and producer/music industry executive. Application forms were reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame selection committee, who selected the final six.

The six honorees were officially recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers in the Hall of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. The ceremony was held in conjunction with Gospel Music Week, which was headed up by the Gospel Music Association. The public was also invited to attend the induction ceremony, which was sponsored by Great American Country.

"By this time next year, we will have over 25 stars, and it is just the beginning," Spyridon said. "We envision, not just a lifetime, but an eternity of honoring the many people that have contributed to making Nashville Music City—all genres, all levels of music and all involvement."

Created in the fall of 2006, the Music City Walk of Fame is located on Nashville's Music Mile.

Like the other inductees, Michael W. Smith has earned numerous accolades and accomplishments over the course of his career. He started out as a songwriter and keyboard player for Amy Grant, and has since enjoyed 31 No. 1 hits, earned three Grammy Awards and received an American Music Award. He has also had five platinum records, 16 gold records and 40 GMA Dove Awards. He has sold more 15 million albums throughout his career, and recently released his current and 19th studio album project, Stand, produced by Reunion Records.

In 2006, Smith received an official White House appointment to serve as vice chairman to the President's Council for Service and Civic Participation. He serves through his church New River Fellowship in Franklin, Tenn., and through the work of Rocketown, a teen club, coffee house and skate park that he founded in downtown Nashville.

Smith was also one of the presenters at the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards, which was held at the Grand Ole Opry House April 25.

Nomination forms are currently being accepted for future honorees, with the next induction ceremony set for November. For more information, including submission guidelines and forms, go to visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.