Hymns (Michael W. Smith album)

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Studio album by Michael W. Smith
Released March 24, 2014
Length 53:00
Label Provident
Producer Kyle Lee, Jim Daneker
Michael W. Smith chronology
Decades of Worship
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Hymns is a studio album by Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith, released exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on March 24, 2014.[1] The album consists of Smith's rendition of traditional hymns, including many that he sang at church when he was young.[1]

The album won 2014 Dove Award for "Inspirational Album of the Year".[2]

This was Smith's last album to be distributed by Provident before beginning his new contract with Capitol CMG.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200, selling 12,000 copies in its first week of release.[3] According to Nielsen SoundScan, it was the best-selling Christian music album for the week of April 19, 2014.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Old Rugged Cross" George Bennard 4:02
2. "My Jesus, I Love Thee" William R. Featherston 3:20
3. "Were You There" C. Winfred Douglas 3:21
4. "Victory in Jesus" E.M. Bartlett 3:46
5. "How Great Thou Art" Stuart K. Hine 4:21
6. "Just As I Am" Charlotte Elliott 3:12
7. "Near the Cross" Fanny Crosby 3:36
8. "It is Well" Horatio Spafford 5:05
9. "Softly and Tenderly" Will L. Thompson 3:20
10. "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" Isaac Watts 3:34
11. "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" Joseph M. Scriven 4:07
12. "Wonderful, Merciful Savior" (Selah cover) Dawn Rodgers and Eric Wyse 3:20
13. "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" Thomas O. Chisholm and William M. Runyan 3:53
14. "God of Our Fathers" Daniel C. Roberts 2:23
15. "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" Peter C. Lutkin 1:40
Total length: 53:00
  • All songs produced by Kyle Lee and Jim Daneker except "The Lord Bless You and Keep You", produced by Michael W. Smith.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 25
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[7] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[8] 5


  1. ^ a b "Michael W. Smith Announces Exclusive "Hymns" Release At Cracker Barrel". NewReleaseTuesday.com. March 8, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dove Awards 2014 Winners: Pre-Show Awards Given Out to Switchfoot, Skillet, Michael W. Smith, and More [LIST]". BREATHEcast. October 7, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Caulfield, Keith (April 4, 2014). "Chart Moves: 'God's Not Dead' Sales Surge, London Grammar Gains, Karmin's Full-Length Arrives". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Christian Albums (link shows current list and at the bottom there's an archive for every week back to year 2000)". Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lloyd, Matt (April 8, 2013). "Michael W. Smith 'Hymns' Album Released Through Cracker Barrel Debuts at No. 2 on Contemporary Charts". Hallels. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved February 9, 2016.