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i 2 (EYE) (1988)

Updated: Nov 8, 2023


i 2 (EYE) is the fourth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter Michael W. Smith, released on August 15, 1988 by Reunion Records.


i 2 (EYE) gave Smith his first number one album on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and was Gold certified in 1991. Smith once again collaborated with studio musician Wayne Kirkpatrick for songwriting and, for the first time, producing. The album was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 20th GMA Dove Awards and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Male at the 31st Grammy Awards.

Music videos were made for "Secret Ambition" and "I Miss the Way," with the latter winning a Dove Award for Short Form Music Video of the Year at the 21st GMA Dove Awards.


Stryper's Michael Sweet and Oz Fox provide backing vocals on the track "All You're Missin' is a Heartache."


Track listing

All songs written by Michael W. Smith and Wayne Kirkpatrick, except where noted.


1. Hand of Providence -4:33

2. Secret Ambition (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -6:26

3. On the Other Side -3:40

4. All You're Missin' is a Heartache -5:39

5. I Miss the Way -4:35

6. Live and Learn -6:17

7. I Hear Leesha -5:26

8. Help You Find Your Way (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Chris Rodriguez)

-5:28

9. Ashton (instrumental) (Michael W. Smith) -3:17

10. The Throne (Michael W. Smith, Gary Moore) -6:49

11. Pray for Me -3:52


Gold certified in 1991.


Accolades

Dove Award -Short Form Music Video of the Year ("I Miss the Way")


Radio singles

1988 "Pray for Me" -#2 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1988 "Help You Find Your Way" -#13 Christian CHR

1988 "Hand of Providence" -#4 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1989 "Live and Learn" -#7 Christian CHR, #7 Christian AC

1989 "I Miss the Way" -#4 Christian AC

1989 "The Throne" -#1 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1989 "On the Other Side" -#3 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1990 "I Hear Leesha" -#5 Christian CHR, #7 Christian AC


Previous release: The Live Set (1987)

Next release: Christmas (1989)

Watch the music video of "Secret Ambition" here:

Watch the music video of "I Miss the Way" here:


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