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A New Hallelujah (2008)

Updated: Oct 8, 2023


A New Hallelujah is a live praise and worship album by Christian singer -songwriter Michael W. Smith, released on October 28, 2008 by Reunion Records. Smith produced the album himself.


It is Smith's first live worship album (his fourth live album overall) since his two live worship albums Worship and Worship Again. A New Hallelujah was recorded live at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas on June 20, 2008. A DVD version of the album was released in March 2009 along with additional bonus features: Behind The Scenes: A New Hallelujah including four new tracks from the live concert. The African Children's Choir was featured on two tracks: the title song and "When I Think of You" and Christian worship leader Israel Houghton is featured on the song "Help Is On the Way." The Deluxe Edition of A New Hallelujah features extra tracks.


The album topped the Top Christian Albums and peaked at number 19 on the Top 200 Albums charts in Billboard magazine. In 2009, Smith won two Dove Awards for Praise and Worship Album of the Year for A New Hallelujah and the title song for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year, which he co-wrote with his wife Debbie Smith and Paul Baloche.


Track listing on the Deluxe Edition


1. Intro/Prepare Ye the Way (Michael W. Smith) -6:06

2. A New Hallelujah (featuring The African Children's Choir) (Michael W. Smith,

Debbie Smith, Paul Baloche) -5:23

3. When I Think of You (featuring The African Children's Choir) (Michael W. Smith)

-4:14

4. Mighty to Save (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan) -8:35

5. Shout Unto God (Joel Houston, Marty Sampson) -3:28

6. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, John Newton)

-6:16

7. Deep In Love with You (Michael W. Smith, Debbie Smith, Christa Black) -6:33

8. Healing Rain/Let it Rain (Michael W. Smith, Martin Smith, Matt Bronleewe/ Michael Farron) -3:21

9. Majesty (Martin Smith, Stu Garrard) -4:20

10. I Surrender All (with Spanish vocals by Coalo Zamorano) (Judson W. Van DeVenter) -3:52

11. Grace (Michael W. Smith, Martin Smith) -4:22

12. Michael W. Smith sharing -1:45

13. Help Is On the Way (featuring Israel Houghton) (Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Debbie Smith, Christa Black) -5:17

14. The River Is Rising (Michael W. Smith) -5:41

15. Oh Draw Me Near (Draw Me Near) (David Baroni) -2:45

16. Love Is In His Right Hand (Lane Holtz) -3:58

17. A New Hallelujah (Radio Version) -4:31

18. A New Hallelujah (Live Radio Edit) -4:44


Accolades

Dove Award -Praise and Worship Album of the Year (A New Hallelujah)

Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year ("A New Hallelujah")


Radio singles

2008 "A New Hallelujah" (with The African Children's Choir) -#14 Billboard Christian Songs, #14 Billboard Christian Airplay, #11 Billboard Christian AC Airplay

2009 "Mighty to Save" -#25 Billboard Christian Songs, #25 Billboard Christian Airplay


Next release: Wonder (2010)


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