Michael W. Smith has just released his latest project and is making it available almost exclusively at Cracker Barrel. Smith recently sat down with ChristianActivities.com for an exclusive interview where he talked about the new project “Hymns II: Shine on Us” as well as its ties to the Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants.
“What’s unique is this project is a little bit old and a little bit new. The last album was mostly hymns I had heard in the church. This time we have some hymns and some songs that are current,” Smith told ChristianActivities.
One of the new songs Smith used was “Jesus only Jesus,” a brand-new worship song he leads at his church. Smith included two songs he wrote on the new project including 1983’s “Great Is the Lord” and “Shine on Us.” He indicated that each song he included was special in some way, such as “I Need Thee” which Smith said still chokes him up when he sings it.
“Hymns II: Shine on Us” released January 29, 2016 exclusively at Cracker Barrell and features these songs:
- Down to the River to Pray
- I Need Thee
- Jesus, Only Jesus
- Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (feat. Audrey Assad)
- I’ll Fly Away
- His Eye Is on the Sparrow
- I Don’t Know Why (Jesus Loves Me)
- Shine on Us
- Nearer My God to Thee (feat. Susan Ashton)
- Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)
- I’d Rather Have Jesus
- O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
- Be Still My Soul
- Great Is the Lord
- A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
- America the Beautiful
In regards to including the song “America the Beautiful,” Smith, who is somewhat known for patriotic events, commented, “‘America the Beautiful’ is my favorite patriotic song of all song. It’s a hymn. Why would I not record this? I don’t think I am being political at all, but I do have to take a look at our nation. Things sure have shifted when it comes to the principals on how this country was founded. It seemed to be the right thing to include this song during the craziest political primary I can remember.”
Find “Hymns II: Shine on Us” at Cracker Barrell stores.
Michael W. Smith Talks ‘Hymns II: Shine On Us’ Album: Exclusive Interview — ChristianActivities
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