Freedom (Michael W. Smith album)

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Freedom (cover) - Michael Smith.jpg
Studio album by Michael W. Smith
Released November 21, 2000
Recorded Deer Valley Studios (Franklin TN); Windmill Lane Studios (Dublin, Ireland); East Iris Studios (Nashville, TN); Ocean Way Recording (Nashville, TN); Javelina Studios (Nashville, TN)
May–September 2000
Genre Instrumental
Length 40:57
Label Reunion Records
Producer Michael W. Smith, Bryan Lenox
Michael W. Smith chronology
This Is Your Time
(1999)This Is Your Time1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Acoustic Set - A Live Recording
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Live album by Michael W. Smith
Released November 21, 2000
Recorded June 17, 2000
Venue Living Word Church, Middletown, Ohio
Label Reunion
Michael W. Smith chronology
This Is Your Time
(1999)This Is Your Time1999
The Acoustic Set - A Live Recording

Freedom is Michael W. Smith's fifteenth album. It was released in 2000 on Reunion Records, and is his first full-length album consisting of only instrumentals. A promotional live EP, The Acoustic Set - A Live Recording, was available as a pre-order bonus.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Freedom" Michael W. Smith 3:37
2. "The Offering" Smith 1:26
3. "Carol Ann" Smith 3:34
4. "The Giving" Smith 3:18
5. "Hibernia" Smith 4:47
6. "Letter to Sarah" Smith 1:45
7. "Freedom Battle" Smith 4:33
8. "Cry of the Heart" Smith 2:23
9. "Prayer for Taylor" Smith 3:01
10. "The Call" Smith 5:02
11. "Thy Word" Smith, Amy Grant 3:30
12. "Free Man" Smith 3:56


  • Chris Graffignino: guitars
  • Michael W. Smith: piano, Hammond B3 organ, keyboards, programming
  • Bryan Lenox: drums, percussion, keyboards, programming
  • Craig Young, Matt Pierson: bass guitar
  • Chris Estes, Dan Needham, Scott Williamson: drums
  • Eric Darken: drums, percussion
  • Hunter Lee, David Downs (Dublin): Illyan pipes
  • Marie Breathnach (Dublin): Irish fiddle
  • David Davidson: violin solo
  • Max Dyer, John Catchings: cello
  • Joel White, Tim Theiss: nail gun (probably used as additional percussion)
  • Rod Schuler: DJ
  • Strings by The Irish Film Orchestra; Catriona Walsh: music supervisor, and The Nashville String Machine; Carl Gorodetzsky: contractor
  • David Hamilton: string arrangements and orchestra conductor
  • String arrangements on "Hibernia" by David Davidson, Kris Wilkinson and Larry Paxton
  • Music Preparation: Ric Domenico and Eberhard Ramm
  • Executive producer: Michael W. Smith
  • Produced by Michael W. Smith and Bryan Lenox
  • Production assistants: Terry Flowers, Toby Gaines, Ryan Smith and Erin Williams
  • Production and technical coordination: Eric Elwell
  • Engineered and mixed by Bryan Lenox
  • Assistant recording engineers: Eric Elwell, Rob Burrell, Scott Lenox, Terry Flowers, Ron Jagger, David Bryant at Ocean Way Nashville; Kieran Lynch at Windmill Lane Studios.
  • Recorded at Deer Valley Studio (Franklin, TN), East Iris Sound (Nashville, TN) and Windmill Lane Studios (Dublin, Ireland).
  • Pro Tools engineering: Fred Paragano
  • Strings recorded at Windmill Lane Studios (Dublin, Ireland) by Bill Sommerville-Large; Ocean Way Nashville by Ronnie Brookshire; Javelina Studio (Nashville, TN) by Bryan Lenox.
  • Mixed at Deer Valley Studio (Franklin, TN)
  • Mastering, sequencing and editing: Hank Williams at Master Mix (Nashville, TN).
  • Production coordination: Chad Dickerson
  • Art direction and design: Tim Parker
  • Photography: Andrew Southam (New York) and Jimmy Abegg (Ireland).
  • Wardrobe: Joe Oppedisano
  • Hair and make-up: Julie Matos
  • Prop stylist: James Masenburg

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 70
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[5] 2


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  3. ^ Evans Price, Deborah (November 18, 2000), "Reunion's Smith Finds Instrumental 'Freedom'", Billboard, retrieved June 27, 2015 
  4. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved May 23, 2014.