Freedom (Michael W. Smith album)

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Freedom
Freedom (cover) - Michael Smith.jpg
Studio album by Michael W. Smith
ReleasedNovember 21, 2000
RecordedMay–September 2000
Studio
GenreInstrumental
Length40:57
LabelReunion
ProducerMichael W. Smith, Bryan Lenox
Michael W. Smith chronology
This Is Your Time
(1999)
Freedom
(2000)
Worship
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout4.5/5 stars[2]
The Acoustic Set - A Live Recording
MWS TheAcousticSet.jpg
Live album by Michael W. Smith
ReleasedNovember 21, 2000
RecordedJune 17, 2000
VenueLiving Word Church, Middletown, Ohio
LabelReunion
Michael W. Smith chronology
This Is Your Time
(1999)
The Acoustic Set - A Live Recording
(2000)
Freedom
(2000)

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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Freedom"Michael W. Smith3:37
2."The Offering"Smith1:26
3."Carol Ann"Smith3:34
4."The Giving"Smith3:18
5."Hibernia"Smith4:47
6."Letter to Sarah"Smith1:45
7."Freedom Battle"Smith4:33
8."Cry of the Heart"Smith2:23
9."Prayer for Taylor"Smith3:01
10."The Call"Smith5:02
11."Thy Word"Smith, Amy Grant3:30
12."Free Man"Smith3:56

Personnel[edit]

  • 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
Production
  • 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
position
US Billboard 200[4] 70
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[5] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freedom at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Michael W. Smith, "Freedom" Review". www.jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  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)". Billboard. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Michael W. Smith Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 23, 2014.