Paul Smith (Christian music singer)
|Birth name||Paul Charles Smith|
|Origin||Waco, Texas, United States|
|Associated acts||The Imperials|
Paul Charles Smith is a Contemporary Christian Music performer and songwriter. He is best remembered for his early years with influential gospel group, The Imperials. Paul spent four years with that group, recording four albums and one live video. Smith was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Imperials. He has recorded five solo albums and is an award-winning songwriter.
Smith began his musical career in 1981 with The Imperials, following the departure of Russ Taff. Smith was familiar with the group through his booking them for concerts at Baylor University—where he was attending. Paul finished out the "Priority tour" and rapidly earned the respect of The Imperials' fans. For the 1982 album Stand by the Power, Paul co-wrote the title track and the hit "Lord of The Harvest." He also co-wrote the 1980s, Larnelle Harris hit "How Excellent Is Thy Name."
In 1983, The Imperials released Side By Side. It was a double record set featuring five solo performances from each member. Paul had the last five songs on the album. Side By Side won the Dove Award for 1984 Pop/Contemporary Album of The Year. Paul recorded four albums and one live video with The Imperials before leaving the group in 1985. He continued to submit songs to The Imperials—Including his song "Wings of Love," which was recorded by the group in 1987.
In 1986, Paul signed with Dayspring Records a division of the Word Records. Live and Learn was a successful album in the Christian music marketplace. He only recorded three albums on this label. By 1990, the record label StarSong pulled away from Word Records and became part of Sparrow Records. Many artists including The Imperials had left Word and signed with StarSong, and Paul also made the move. Human Touch was released in 1991. It would be his only album released on that label.
Paul continued to tour through the early 1990s—but didn’t have a new album out until 1994—when he signed a contract with Integrity Music to release Extra Measure. The album charted, but the success didn’t last. He later served as Music Minister at the First Baptist Church of Colleyvile, Texas. In 2006, Paul's long awaited album Soli Deo was released independently. "Soli Deo is not a huge departure from the musical style that made Paul a highly recognizable voice in contemporary Christian music in the '80s."
In 2010, Smith reunited with former Imperials members Armond Morales and Dave Will, to record and tour.
- 1986: Live and Learn (Dayspring/Word)
- 1987: No Frills (Dayspring/Word)
- 1989: Back to Who I Am (Dayspring/Word)
- 1991: Human Touch (StarSong)
- 1994: Extra Measure (Integrity)
- 2006: Soli Deo (Independent)
With the Imperials
- 1982: Stand By the Power (Dayspring/Word)
- 1983: Side By Side (Dayspring/Word)
- 1984: Sing the Classics (Dayspring/Word)
- 1985: Let the Wind Blow (Myrrh/Word)
- 1986: Old Fashioned Faith (Dayspring/Word) (compilation)
- 1996: The Imperials – Legacy (Word) (compilation)
- 2007: The Definitive Collection (Word) (compilation)
- 2010: Still Standing (Infinity Music)
- 1984: The Imperials 20th Anniversary (Myrrh/Word)
- Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music; Powell; pp 46, 47; Hendrickson Publishers; Pap/Cdr edition (August 2002) ISBN 1-56563-679-1 ISBN 978-1565636798
- Resource Publications, "The Christian Music Directories" formerly "The Recording Locator" – http://www.rpinet.com/cmd.html
- http://www.doveawards.com/history/browse.cfm?year=1984 – the GMA Dove Awards 1984
- http://www.ascap.com/ace/search.cfm?requesttimeout=300&mode=results&searchstr=8664870&search_in=c&search_type=exact&search_det=t,s,w,p,b,v&results_pp=30&start=1 – ASCAP list of Paul Smiths Songs