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". The album peaked at number one on the Top Contemporary Christian charts.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hand of Providence" – 4:33
  2. "Secret Ambition" (MWS, 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" (MWS, Kirkpatrick, Chris Rodriguez) – 5:28
  9. "Ashton" (MWS) – 3:17
  10. "The Throne" (MWS, Gary Moore) – 6:49
  11. "Pray for Me" – 3:52
  • All songs written by Michael W. Smith and Wayne Kirkpatrick, except where noted.

Credits[edit]

Musicians
  • 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)
  • Mike Brignardello: bass guitar (1-5,7)
  • Paul Leim: drums (1-4,6,7,8,10)
  • Terry McMillan: percussion (1,3,5,7,8), harmonica (1)
  • 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)
  • Jerry McPherson: guitars (2,4,9,10), acoustic guitar (7)
  • Mark Heimmerman: background vocals (2,5)
  • Billy Simon: background vocals (4)
  • Michael Sweet: background vocals (4)
  • Oz Fox: background vocals (4)
  • String quartet (5): Carl Gorodetzsky, George Binkley, John Borg and Bob Mason
  • Ronn Huff: string arrangements (5)
  • Tom Hemby: guitars (6,8,10,11), bass guitar (9,11)
  • Tommy Sims: bass guitar (6)
  • Horns and arrangements (6): Mark Douthit, Mike Haynes and Barry Green
  • Mark O'Connor: fiddles and mandolins (9)
  • Gary Lunn: bass guitar (10)
  • Billy Sprague: acoustic guitar (11)
  • Mark Hammond: drum programming (11)
  • 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
Production
  • 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

Album certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certifications
United States (RIAA) 500,000 Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ I 2 (EYE) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Michael W. Smith, "I 2 Eye" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. December 19, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Allmusic "i 2 (EYE)". Retrieved November 3, 2011.