Healing Rain

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Healing Rain
Studio album by Michael W. Smith
Released October 26, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Contemporary Christian music, pop
Length 56:38
Label Reunion
Producer Michael W. Smith, Matt Bronleewe, Sam Ashworth
Michael W. Smith chronology
The Second Decade
(2003)
Healing Rain
(2004)
Stand
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine B[2]
Christianity Today 3.5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 7/10 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[5]

Healing Rain is Michael W. Smith's nineteenth album, released in 2004 and debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. It is a departure from his previous two albums which are live worship albums. Healing Rain is a pop CCM album, in a similar vein to his 1999 album This Is Your Time. The album was reissued as a DualDisc in 2005.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Here I Am"   Michael W. Smith, Martin Smith 5:10
2. "Healing Rain"   Smith, Martin Smith, Matt Bronleewe 4:59
3. "Live Forever"   Smith, Wes King 5:19
4. "Hang On"   Smith, King, Bronleewe 4:13
5. "Fly To The Moon"   Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick 5:17
6. "Human Spark"   Smith, Dan Hill 4:50
7. "We Can't Wait Any Longer"   Smith, Kirkpatrick 4:42
8. "I Am Love"   Smith, Taylor Sorenson 3:55
9. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"   Paul Simon 4:42
10. "Eagles Fly"   Smith, Kirkpatrick 3:07
11. "All I Want"   Smith, Martin Smith 4:33

Awards[edit]

On 2005, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 36th GMA Dove Awards. The title song also received three nominations for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, and Worship Song of the Year.[6]

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael W. Smith: vocals, piano (1,2,5-9,11), keyboards (1,5,6,7,11), Hammond B3 organ (1,2,3,5,6), Wurlitzer (2,3,4,8,10), Rhodes (3,4,10), programming (7,11), additional guitars (7), background vocals (1,4-7,9,10)
  • Glenn Pearce: guitars (1,5,6,7,9,11)
  • Paul Moak: guitars (1), sound effects (2,4,10), synth pad (2,3), EBow guitar (2,3,11), electric guitar (2,3,4,11), Hammond B3 organ (3,11), pedal steel (2), vibraphone (4,11), mellotron (4), sitar (11), Moog synthesizer (4), child's piano (4)
  • Raymond Boyd: drums (1,5,6,7,9), percussion (1,5,6,7,9,11)
  • Lindsay Jamieson: drums (2,3,4,8,10)
  • James Gregory: bass guitar (1-4,10)
  • Bruce Gaitsch: acoustic guitar (2)
  • Matt Bronleewe: various random additional and supplemental sonic material (2,3,4,10)
  • Jeremy Bose: programming (2,3,4,10)
  • The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: strings (2,3)
  • Keith Getty: orchestrator and conductor
  • Joni McCabe: strings technical production
  • F. Reid Shippen: additional programming (4,10)
  • Anthony Sallee: bass guitar (5,6,7,9)
  • Christa Black: violin (7)
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas: bass guitar (8)
  • Matt Slocum: acoustic and electric guitars (8)
  • Sam Ashworth: acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals (8)
  • Ken Lewis: percussion (8)
  • Taylor Harris: programming (8)
  • Monisa Angell: viola (8)
  • David Davidson: violin (8)
  • David Angell: violin (8)
  • Mark Lekas: cello (8)
  • Charlie Peacock: string arrangement (8)
  • Background vocals (2): Sherree Brown, Darwin Hobbs and Leanne Palmore
  • Choir (7): Ugandian Children's Choir

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Michael W. Smith (1,5,6,7,9,11), Matt Bronleewe (2,3,4,10) and Sam Ashworth (8, additional production on 7)
  • Executive producers: Michael Blanton and Robert Beeson
  • Recording engineer and mix: Rob Burrell (1,5,6,7,9,11); Assistant engineers: Dann Thompson, André Zweers, Judy Kirschner, Michael Modesto, Mark Meeker and Joseph Logsdon; Technical engineer: Clayton Wood; Choir (7) recorded by Marius Perron III
  • Engineer: Aaron Swihart (2,3,4,10); assisted by Michael Modesto; additional engineering: Justin Loucks; Mix: F. Reid Shippen; assisted by Lee Bridges; Production coordination: Alice Smith
  • Engineers: Richie Biggs and Taylor Harris (8); Mix: Shane D. Wilson
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • Digital editing: Randy LeRoy
  • Photography: Pamela Springsteen
  • A&R production: Michelle Pearson
  • Art direction: Stephanie McBrayer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[7] 11
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[8] 1

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