i 2 (EYE)

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i 2 (EYE)
I 2 (EYE) (Michael W. Smith album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Michael W. Smith
Released September 1, 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Christian rock
Length 56:02
Label Reunion
Producer Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick
Michael W. Smith chronology
The Live Set
(1987)
i 2 (EYE)
(1988)
Christmas
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[2]

i 2 (EYE) is Michael W. Smith's fifth album and his first platinum album. Smith collaborated again with lyricist Wayne Kirkpatrick, and produced a music video for the song "Secret Ambition".[3] The album peaked at number one on the Top Contemporary Christian charts.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Michael W. Smith and Wayne Kirkpatrick except where noted.

  1. "Hand of Providence" – 4:33
  2. "Secret Ambition" (Smith, Kirkpatrick, Amy Grant) – 6:26
  3. "On the Other Side" – 3:40
  4. "All You're Missin' is a Heartache" – 5:39
  5. "I Miss the Way" – 4:35
  6. "Live and Learn" – 6:17
  7. "I Hear Leesha" – 5:26
  8. "Help You Find Your Way" (Smith, Kirkpatrick, Chris Rodriguez) – 5:28
  9. "Ashton" (Smith) – 3:17
  10. "The Throne" (Smith, Gary Moore) – 6:49
  11. "Pray for Me" – 3:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael W. Smith – keyboards, lead vocals, background vocals (2, 3, 6, 7, 10), horn arrangement (6), drum programming (9)
  • Dann Huff – guitars (1–8)
  • Chris Rodriguez – guitars (1, 3, 5, 6, 8), background vocals (4, 6, 8, 11)
  • Jerry McPherson – guitars (2, 4, 9, 10), acoustic guitar (7)
  • Billy Sprague – acoustic guitar (11)
  • Tom Hemby – guitars (6, 8, 10, 11), bass guitar (9, 11)
  • Mike Brignardello – bass guitar (1–5, 7, 8)
  • Tommy Sims – bass guitar (6)
  • Gary Lunn – bass guitar (10)
  • Paul Leim – drums (1–4, 6 ,7, 8, 10)
  • Terry McMillan – percussion (1, 3, 5, 7, 8), harmonica (1)
  • Mark Hammond – drum programming (11)
  • String quartet (5) – Carl Gorodetzsky, George Binkley, John Borg and Bob Mason
  • Ronn Huff – string arrangements (5)
  • Horns and horn arrangements (6) – Mark Douthit, Mike Haynes and Barry Green
  • Mark O'Connor – fiddles and mandolins (9)
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick – background vocals (1–8, 10), acoustic guitar (3), drum programming (9)
  • Chris Harris – background vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10), recitation (6)
  • Mark Heimmerman – background vocals (2, 5)
  • Billy Simon – background vocals (4)
  • Michael Sweet – background vocals (4)
  • Oz Fox – background vocals (4)
  • Choir (10) – Chris Harris, Mark Heimmerman, Chris Rodriguez, Kim Smith, Amy Heimmerman, Lisa Rodriguez, Jan Harris, Don Wise and Angel Palacastro
  • Children's choir (10) – Anna Kristen Caker, Benji Cowart, Jeremy Cowart, Dana Dawson, Daniel Dorris, Heather Holland, Shannon Love and Sara Yarborough
  • Kathie Hill – children's choir director
  • Producers – Michael W. Smith and Wayne Kirkpatrick
  • Executive producers – Michael Blanton and Jeff Moesley
  • Engineered and mixed by Bill Whittington
  • Additional engineer – Lynn Fuston
  • Assistant engineers – Steve Bishir, Mike Clute, Dave Parker, Carry Summers, Mark Nevers, John Bouchillon and Brian Hardin
  • Recorded at The Bennett House, Deer Valley and The Castle (Franklin, TN); Omni Sound and 16th Avenue Sound (Nashville, TN)
  • Mixed at 16th Avenue Sound and Masterfonics (Nashville, TN)
  • Editing – Ken Love
  • Mastering – Hank Williams at Master Mix (Nashville, TN)
  • Design – Jackson Design Nashville
  • Photography – Eika Aoshima
  • Styling – Jonathan Scow/Clautier
  • Grooming – Wendy Osmundson

Certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certifications
United States (RIAA) 500,000[citation needed] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ I 2 at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Michael W. Smith, "I 2 Eye" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. December 19, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tori Taff, Christa Farris 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music: The Stories Behind the Music 1591452104 2006 Michael W. Smith's music video for his song "Secret Ambition" ..
  4. ^ Allmusic "i 2 (EYE)" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved November 3, 2011.