Martin Smith (English musician)

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Martin Smith
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Martin Smith performs in concert
Background information
Birth name Martin Smith
Born (1970-07-06) 6 July 1970 (age 45)
Origin Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Genres Christian rock, alternative rock, acoustic music
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels Furious?, Survivor, Sparrow, Virgin
Associated acts Delirious?
Website martinsmith.tv

Martin James Smith (born 6 July 1970) is an English vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Smith was the front man of the Christian rock and worship band Delirious?. When Delirious? disbanded in 2009, Smith became a solo artist.

Career[edit]

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.[1]

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 full-time 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 with his family and devote more time to the CompassionArt project.[2] Headed by Smith and his wife,[3] 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".[4] 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.[5] In 2011, he released his autobiography, Delirious: The Autobiography of Martin Smith.[6]

Personal[edit]

Smith has been married to Anna since 1994. She is sister to Delirious?'s former bass player Jon Thatcher.[7] They have six children.[8]

Discography[edit]

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?
With Delirious? and Amy Grant
  • 1999 - Streams (various artists album) - one song
With Delirious? and Hillsong
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
With Michael W. Smith
With Taylor Sorenson
  • 2004 - Exodus (various artists album) - 1 song
With Jars of Clay
With Tim Hughes
With CompassionArt
  • 2009 - CompassionArt (various artists album) - 3 songs (1 song with Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin, Watoto Childrens Choir / 1 song with CeCe Winans, Lakewood Choir / 1 song with Steven Curtis Chapman, Watoto Childrens Choir)
With Israel Houghton
With Parachute Band
  • 2011 - Love Without Measure - 1 song (featured artist on "It's You")
With Jesus Culture

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