Healing Rain

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Healing Rain
Healing Rain.jpg
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]
The Village Voice D+[6]

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.[7] Some of the album's tracks were recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, located in Marin County, CA.

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.[8]

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael W. Smith: lead vocals, background vocals (1, 4-7, 9, 10), 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)
  • 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, 10), electric guitar (2, 3, 4, 10), pedal steel drone (2), Hammond B3 organ (3, 10), vibraphone (4,10), mellotron (4), sitar (10), Moog synthesizer (10), child's piano (10)
  • Bruce Gaitsch: acoustic guitar (2)
  • Matt Slocum: acoustic and electric guitars (8)
  • Sam Ashworth: acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals (8)
  • Matt Bronleewe: various random additional and supplemental sonic material (2, 3, 4, 10)
  • Jeremy Bose: programming (2, 3, 4, 10)
  • F. Reid Shippen: additional programming (4, 10)
  • Taylor Harris: programming (8)
  • Raymond Boyd: drums (1, 5, 6, 7, 9), percussion (1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11)
  • Lindsay Jamieson: drums (2, 3, 4, 8, 10)
  • Ken Lewis: percussion (8)
  • James Gregory: bass guitar (1-4, 10)
  • Anthony Sallee: bass guitar (5, 6, 7, 9)
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas: bass guitar (8)
  • The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: strings (2, 3)
  • Keith Getty: orchestrator and conductor
  • Joni McCabe: strings technical production
  • Christa Black: violin (7)
  • 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; 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
  • A&R production: Michelle Pearson
  • Art direction: Stephanie McBrayer
  • Hair and make-up: Sabrina Poole
  • Stylist: Maude

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 11
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[10] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ CCM Magazine review
  3. ^ Christianity Today review at the Wayback Machine (archived September 3, 2009)
  4. ^ Cross Rhythms review
  5. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 30, 2004). "Consumer Guide: Mine Enemy the Turkey". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Healing Rain [DualDisc] - Michael W. Smith". AllMusic. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ 2005 Dove Awards - 36th Annual Dove Awards on About.com; Jones, Kim
  9. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved May 23, 2014.