Martin Smith (English musician)
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Martin Smith performs in concert
|Birth name||Martin Smith|
|Born||6 July 1970|
|Origin||Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Christian rock, alternative rock, acoustic music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Labels||Furious?, Survivor, Sparrow, Virgin|
Martin James Smith (born 6 July 1970) is an English vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer. Smith was the front man of the Christian rock and worship band Delirious?. When Delirious? disbanded in 2009, Smith became a solo artist.
Before becoming a full-time musician, Smith was a sound engineer at ICC studios in Eastbourne.
Along with Stewart Smith (no relation) and Tim Jupp, Smith formed The Cutting Edge in 1992.
In 1995, Smith and his wife were involved in a near-fatal car accident, and during the weeks of his recovery, he decided to become a professional musician. This inspired him to write the song "August 30". In 1996, the band, now known as Delirious?, became a full-time endeavour.
Smith's band, Delirious?, produced some of the most recognised songs in Christian music, including "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever", "History Maker", "My Glorious", "Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?", "Shout to the North", "Deeper", "Majesty (Here I Am)", and "What a Friend I've Found".
The band announced that they would take a break at the end of 2009 to focus on things close to them. Smith said that he wanted to spend time with his family and devote more time to the CompassionArt project. Headed by Smith and his wife, CompassionArt is an art and International development charity. It released a various artists album in January 2009, with Smith appearing on three tracks. Delirious? later confirmed that they were breaking up permanently after a final concert in November 2009.
In 2012 and 2013, Smith independently released four EPs, titled God's Great Dance Floor: Movements One through Four. Each EP contains new songs, written or co-written by Smith. The title track was co-written with Chris Tomlin, which uses samples from Lionel Richie's 1986 single "Dancing on the Ceiling". In 2013 he released his first full albums God's Great Dance Floor Step 01 and God's Great Dance Floor Step 02, each containing the songs from the four EPs, plus new tracks.
Smith also collaborated with the other members of Delirious? on the 2007 book I Could Sing of Your Love Forever: Stories, Reflections and Devotions. In 2011, he released his autobiography, Delirious: The Autobiography of Martin Smith.
- As a solo artist
- 1998 – The People's Album (various artists album) – two songs
- 1999 – The People's Album 2 (various artists album) – one song
- 2002 – Your Love Broke Through (various artists album) – one song
- 2012 – God's Great Dance Floor Movement One (EP)
- 2012 – God's Great Dance Floor Movement Two (EP)
- 2012 – God's Great Dance Floor Movement Three (EP)
- 2013 – God's Great Dance Floor Movement Four (EP)
- 2013 – God's Great Dance Floor – Step 01 (Album comprising Movement One & Two EPs plus two new songs)
- 2013 – God's Great Dance Floor – Step 02 (Album comprising Movement Three & Four EPs, plus three new songs)
- 2014 – Back to the Start (compilation album of songs from the God's Great Dance Floor releases)
- With Delirious?
- 1993 – Cutting Edge 1
- 1994 – Cutting Edge 2
- 1995 – Cutting Edge 3: Red Tape
- 1995 – Cutting Edge Fore
- 1996 – Live & In the Can
- 1997 – King of Fools
- 1998 – d:tour
- 1999 – Mezzamorphis
- 2000 – Glo
- 2000 – Roaring Lambs (various artists album) – one song
- 2001 – Audio Lessonover?
- 2002 – Deeper
- 2002 – Libertad
- 2002 – Touch
- 2002 – Access:d
- 2003 – World Service
- 2004 – In the Name of Love: Artists United for Africa (various artists album) – one song
- 2005 – The Mission Bell
- 2005 - Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (various artists album) - one song
- 2006 – Now Is the Time – Live at Willow Creek
- 2008 – Kingdom of Comfort
- 2009 – My Soul Sings
- 2010 – Farewell Show – Live in London
- With Delirious? and Amy Grant
- 1999 – Streams (various artists album) – one song
- With Delirious? and Hillsong
- 2004 – UP: Unified Praise CD/DVD
- With Delirious? and André Valadão
- 2008 – Unidos
- With Stu Garrard
- 1995 – Have You Heard?
- With Matt Redman
- With Graham Kendrick
- 2001 – What Grace – 1 song
- With Darlene Zschech
- 2003 – Kiss of Heaven – 1 song
- With Michael W. Smith
- 2004 – Healing Rain – wrote 3 songs
- With Taylor Sorenson
- 2004 – Exodus (various artists album) – 1 song
- With Jars of Clay
- 2005 – Redemption Songs – 1 song
- With Tim Hughes
- With CompassionArt
- 2009 – CompassionArt (various artists album) – 3 songs (1 song with Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin, Watoto Children's Choir / 1 song with CeCe Winans, Lakewood Choir / 1 song with Steven Curtis Chapman, Watoto Children's Choir)
- With Israel Houghton
- 2009 – The Power of One – 1 song
- With Parachute Band
- 2011 – Love Without Measure – 1 song (featured artist on "It's You")
- With Jesus Culture
- 2012 – Live from New York
- "Delirious.org.uk – About – Biography". delirious.org.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- "The end of an era – press release". Delirious?. 6 July 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
- Tear Times, Tearfund, Spring 2010, p.30.
- Smith, Martin. "God's Great Dance Floor". Retrieved 6 May 2013.[non-primary source needed]
- "Delirious.org.uk – FAQ – The Band". delirious.org.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- "The Real Mr. and Mrs. Smith, of Delirious? That Is". Christian Post. Retrieved 9 April 2015.