This Is Your Time (Michael W. Smith album)

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This Is Your Time
Studio album by Michael W. Smith
Released 1999
Recorded 1997, 1999
Genre Christian rock, pop
Length 50:25
Label Reunion Records
Producer Michael W. Smith, Bryan Lenox
Michael W. Smith chronology
Christmastime
(1998)
This Is Your Time
(1999)
Freedom
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

This Is Your Time is Michael W. Smith's fourteenth studio album, released in 1999. All the songs from this album (except "This Is Your Time" and "This Is Your Time (Reprise)") were originally recorded for his previous studio album Live the Life, but did not make the final cut for the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rince De" (instrumental; Smith) – 1:30
  2. "Hey You It's Me" (Smith, Nik Kershaw) – 4:03
  3. "Worth It All" (Smith, Tim Putnam, Deborah D. Smith) – 4:03
  4. "I Will Be Your Friend" (Smith, Cindy Morgan) – 3:19
  5. "This Is Your Time" (Smith, Wes King) – 4:29
  6. "I Will Carry You" (Smith, Eric Laughlin) – 5:04
  7. "She Walks With Me" (Smith, Beth Nielsen Chapman) – 3:42
  8. "Reach Out to Me" (Smith, Dan Haseltine) – 3:59
  9. "I Still Have the Dream" (Smith, Raymond Boyd, Kevin Jonas) – 4:18
  10. "I'm Gone" (Smith, Ginny Owens) – 4:31
  11. "Anna" (Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) – 4:16
  12. "Everybody Free" (Smith, Chris Rice) – 4:43
  13. "This Is Your Time (Reprise; Smith) - 2:25

Wal-Mart marketed a version of the CD with a bonus final track:

  1. "From Here On" – 3:07


Personnel
  • drums & percussion: Raymond Boyd, Eric Darken, Scott Williamson & Bryan Lenox
  • bass guitar: Matt Pierson & Craig Young
  • electric guitars: Chris Graffagnino, Mark Baldwin & Chris Rodriguez
  • acoustic guitars: Wes King, Michael W. Smith, Chris Graffagnino, Mark Baldwin & Chris Rodriguez
  • piano, Hammond B3 organ, vocals: Michael W. Smith
  • keyboards & programming: Michael W. Smith & Bryan Lenox
  • Illyan pipes: Hunter Lee
  • bagpipes: Jay Dawson, Mike Orrick & Greg Cutcliff
  • strings by The Nashville String Machine; Ronn Huff: string arrangements & conductor; Carl Gorodetzsky: contractor
  • additional strings by The Love Sponge Strings; arranged & contracted by David Davidson (5,8,10)
  • background vocals: Michael W. Smith (2,3,5,7,8,10), Chris Eaton (4,11), Joanna Carlson (4), Lisa Bevill (7,9), Bonnie Keen (9), Mark Pouge (9), Chris Rodriguez (9), John Elefante (2) & Nik Kershaw (2); Whitney & Anna Smith (5)
  • The "choir" (5,6,8): Natalie Grant, Darwin Hobbs, Tiffany Palmer, Dwayne Starling, Terry White, Angela Cruz, Leanne Palmore & Gale Mayes-West
  • The "Franklin Boys Glee Club" (MWS, Bryan Lenox, Fred Paragano, Terry Flowers & Eric Elwell; 3)


Production
  • Producers: Michael W. Smith & Bryan Lenox
  • Executive Producers: Michael W. Smith & Michael Blanton
  • Engineering & mixing: Bryan Lenox
  • Additional Engineering: Patrick Kelly, Matt Weeks (also strings), Eric Elwell & Terry Flowers
  • Assitant Engineers: Rob Burrell, Scott Lenox, Terry Flowers, Ron Jagger, Chad Brown (strings) & Melissa Mattey (strings)
  • Protools Engineering: Fred Paragano
  • Mastering, editing, sequencing: Hank Williams
  • Production & technical coordination: Eric Elwell
  • Production assistants: Alicia Claxton, Mary Adcock, Morgan Daneker, Whitney Smith, Surupa Mafhi & Terry Flowers

Notes[edit]

The title track was inspired by the initial news report that Cassie Bernall, a student killed in the Columbine High School massacre, had answered "yes" to the question "Do you believe in God?" moments after seeing another student killed for answering "yes" to that same question.

The lyrics speak vividly of what happened, the questions this raised, and the continuing impact on Christian thought:

It was a test we could all hope to pass but none of us would want to take
Faced with the choice to deny God and live, for her there was one choice to make
....
What if tomorrow
What if today
Faced with the question, oh, what would you say?
....
Fall on the mercy and hear yourself praying
"Won't you save me?"

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