This Is Your Time (Michael W. Smith album)

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This Is Your Time
Studio album by Michael W. Smith
Released January 12, 1999
Recorded 1997, 1999
Genre Contemporary Christian music, pop
Length 50:25
Label Reunion
Producer Michael W. Smith, Bryan Lenox
Michael W. Smith chronology
This Is Your Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout4/5 stars[2]

This Is Your Time is Michael W. Smith's fourteenth studio album, released on January 12, 1999. All the songs from this album, except "This Is Your Time" and "This Is Your Time (Reprise)", were originally recorded for his previous studio album Live the Life, but did not make the final cut for the album.[2]


The title track was inspired by the initial news report that Columbine shooting victim Cassie Bernall was killed for answering "yes" to the question "Do you believe in God?" Smith co-wrote the song with Wes King, having enlisted his help knowing that he wanted to write about Columbine but did not want to exploit a tragedy.[3] The music video features a short video clip of Bernall talking about her religious beliefs and how she wanted to spread the word of God at the beginning.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Rince De" (Instrumental)Smith1:30
2."Hey You It's Me"Smith, Nik Kershaw4:03
3."Worth It All"Smith, Tim Putnam, Deborah D. Smith4:03
4."I Will Be Your Friend"Smith, Cindy Morgan3:19
5."This Is Your Time"Smith, Wes King4:29
6."I Will Carry You"Smith, Eric Laughlin5:04
7."She Walks With Me"Smith, Beth Nielsen Chapman3:42
8."Reach Out to Me"Smith, Dan Haseltine3:59
9."I Still Have the Dream"Smith, Raymond Boyd, Kevin Jonas4:18
10."I'm Gone"Smith, Ginny Owens4:31
11."Anna"Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick4:16
12."Everybody Free"Smith, Chris Rice4:43
13."This Is Your Time" (Reprise)Smith2:25


  • Drums and percussion: Raymond Boyd, Eric Darken, Scott Williamson and Bryan Lenox
  • Bass guitar: Matt Pierson and Craig Young
  • Electric guitars: Chris Graffagnino, Mark Baldwin and Chris Rodriguez
  • Acoustic guitars: Wes King, Michael W. Smith, Chris Graffagnino, Mark Baldwin and Chris Rodriguez
  • Piano, Hammond B3 organ, lead vocals: Michael W. Smith
  • Keyboards and programming: Michael W. Smith and Bryan Lenox
  • Illyan pipes: Hunter Lee
  • Bagpipes: Jay Dawson, Mike Orrick and Greg Cutcliff
  • Strings by The Nashville String Machine; Ronn Huff: string arrangements and conductor; Carl Gorodetzsky: contractor
  • Additional strings by The Love Sponge Strings; arranged and contracted by David Davidson (5, 8, 10)
  • Background vocals: Michael W. Smith (2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10), John Elefante (2), Nik Kershaw (2), Chris Eaton (4, 11), Joanna Carlson (4), Whitney and Anna Smith (5), Lisa Bevill (7, 9), Bonnie Keen (9), Mark Pouge (9), Chris Rodriguez (9)
  • The "Choir" (5, 6, 8): Natalie Grant, Darwin Hobbs, Tiffany Palmer, Dwayne Starling, Terry White, Angela Cruz, Leanne Palmore and Gale Mayes-West
  • The "Franklin Boys Glee Club" (3): MWS, Bryan Lenox, Fred Paragano, Terry Flowers and Eric Elwell


  • Producers: Michael W. Smith and Bryan Lenox
  • Executive producers: Michael W. Smith and Michael Blanton
  • Engineering and mixed by Bryan Lenox
  • Additional engineering: Patrick Kelly, Matt Weeks, Eric Elwell and Terry Flowers.
  • Assistant engineers: Rob Burrell, Scott Lenox, Terry Flowers and Ron Jagger.
  • Recorded at Deer Valley Studios and The Sound Kitchen (Franklin, TN).
  • Strings recorded by Bryan Lenox at Ocean Way Nashville (Nashville, TN), assisted by Chad Brown; The Sound Kitchen (Franklin, TN), assisted by Matt Weeks and Melissa Mattey.
  • Pro Tools Engineering: Fred Paragano
  • Mastering, editing and sequencing: Hank Williams at Master Mix (Nashville, TN).
  • Production and technical coordination: Eric Elwell for MWS Productions.
  • Production assistants: Alicia Claxton, Mary Adcock, Morgan Daneker, Whitney Smith, Surupa Mafhi and Terry Flowers.
  • Photography: Ben Pearson
  • Layout: Diana Lussenden


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Rice, Mark (July 23, 2012). "Michael W. Smith, "This Is Your Time" Review". Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  3. ^ Parker, Mike. "Story Behind the Song: Michael W. Smith". Today's Christian Music. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ Smith, Michael W. ""This Is Your Time" official music video". Reunion Records. Retrieved January 6, 2015.