Christian artists Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith to perform at State Fair

Staff writerFebruary 18, 2014 

GOSPEL AWARDS

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith appear at the Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn., in April 2003.

MARK HUMPHREY — The Associated Press file, 2003

Christian music artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will perform at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Smith is known for hits “Place in This World,” and “I Will Be Here for You.” Grant is known for “That’s What Love is For,” and “Every Heartbeat.”

Tickets are $50, $40, and $30 with reserved seating and include fair admission. Tickets will start selling on Saturday at 10 a.m.on the Fair website, http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/michael-w-smith-amy-grant or by phone 888-559-3247 daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s box office at 9th Ave. SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and a $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Here’s more from the announcement:

Michael Smith

Throughout his 31-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His prior 25 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, three Grammy Awards (from 13 nominations), 44 GMA Dove Awards and 33 No. 1 radio hits. In addition, he holds 16 Gold, 7 Platinum and 2 Double-Platinum albums for career sales approaching 17 million. "Decades of Worship," Smith’s latest career album, released January 2012.

Smith, who was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009, has scored several film projects, written 12 books and has been featured by media outlets including “Hannity,” NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Larry King Live,” The Associated Press, Billboard magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, and Newsweek. He was named one of People magazine's “Most Beautiful People” and has presented multiple times on the GRAMMY Awards show. Smith’s tours consistently rank among the best attended in the country, and he has performed to capacity crowds throughout the world.

Constantly giving back to the community, one of Smith’s current projects is Rocketown – a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. – which serves as safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He and wife of Debbie were married in 1982, are the proud parents of five children. For up-to-date information on Michael W. Smith, please visit www.michaelwsmith.com

Amy Grant

With six Grammys, over 20 Dove Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and numerous other accolades to her credit, Amy Grant is an American music icon who has erased lines between genres and earned the respect of fans and peers with her honesty, vulnerability and ceaseless creativity. Whether laying her soul bare in her 2008 Book “Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far” or exploring faith and family in a diverse catalog of hits from “El Shaddai” to “Baby Baby,” Grant’s artistry has continually resonated with audiences since she first hit the national spotlight as a fresh-faced teen with a guitar three decades ago.

She is one of a short list of artists to have scored No. 1 hits in each of the last three decades. Grant’s latest effort released in 2013, "How Mercy Looks From Here," joins 28 other albums she has recorded since her first was released in 1977.

Born in Augusta, GA and raised in Nashville, the youngest of four daughters, Grant began her career in her teens, a young singer/songwriter with a guitar and an intense desire to share her faith with the world. Her talent took her beyond contemporary Christian music circles and she became a mainstream pop star in the 80s, her crossover success opening the door for every Christian artist wanting to share their faith from a broader platform. From her chart-topping pop success ranges from “Baby Baby” to “Every Heartbeat,” and “Father’s Eyes,” “Lead Me On” and “El Shaddai.” Grant’s artistry and integrity have placed her firmly at the forefront of American music. Visit www.amygrant.com.

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