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. Some of the album's tracks were recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, located in Marin County, CA.
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.
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; Recorded at Skywalker Sound (Marion County, CA), Deer Valley Studios (Franklin, TN), Dark Horse Recording Studio (Franklin, TN) and Ocean Way Nashville (Nashville, TN); Technical engineer at Skywalker Sound: Clayton Wood; Mixed in The Fishbowl at Dark Horse Recording; Choir (7) recorded by Marius Perron III at Studio M (San Antonio, TX).
Engineer: Aaron Swihart (2, 3, 4, 10), assisted by Michael Modesto; Recorded at Dark Horse Recording; Additional recording at Pentavarit (Nashville, TN) and Deer Valley Studios; Additional engineering: Justin Loucks at The Smoakstack (Nashville, TN); Mix: F. Reid Shippen at Soundstage (Nashville, TN), assisted by Lee Bridges; Production coordination: Alice Smith for Showdown Productions.
Engineers: Richie Biggs and Taylor Harris (8); Recorded at Blackbird Studio, Art House and Laser Fox Studios (Nashville, TN); Mix: Shane D. Wilson at Pentavarit.
Mastering: Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
Digital editing: Randy LeRoy at Final Stage Mastering (Nashville, TN).
Photography: Pamela Springsteen
Cover and packaging design by Bert Sumner for Ground Level Design