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I'll Lead You Home (1995)

Updated: Nov 9, 2023


I'll Lead You Home is the eighth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter Michael W. Smith, released on August 22, 1995 by Reunion Records.


It was Smith's first album in three years and it was produced by Patrick Leonard, whose producing credits include Madonna, Bon Jovi, Jewel and Elton

John, among others. Smith served as co-executive producer with Michael Blanton. Smith won his second Grammy Award (his first since 1984's Michael W. Smith 2) for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album at the 38th Grammy Awards and was nominated for five Dove Awards and won Songwriter of the Year at the 27th GMA Dove Awards.


I'll Lead You Home topped the Billboard Top Christian Albums and climbed to number 16 on the Top 200 Albums charts. The album was Gold certified in 1995 and Platinum certified in 2004.


Track listing

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


1. Cry for Love (Michael W. Smith, Brent Bourgeois) -5:10

2. Breakdown -5:27

3. As It Is in Heaven (traditional; arranged by Michael W. Smith) -5:09

4. Straight to the Heart (Michael W. Smith, Brent Bourgeois) -2:48

5. Someday (guest vocals by Susan Ashton) -3:52

6. I'll Be Around (Michael W. Smith, Bob Farrell) -4:44

7. I'll Lead You Home -5:23


Trilogy:

8. The Other Side of Me -4:23

9. Breathe in Me -3:55

10. Angels Unaware -4:56


11. Calling Heaven -4:54

12. A Little Stronger Everyday -4:43

13. Crown Him with Many Crowns (guest vocals by Anointed)

(traditional; arranged by Michael W. Smith) -4:34

14. I'm Waiting for You (Michael W. Smith, David Mullen, Sam Mullins) -3:16


Gold certified in 1995.

Platinum certified in 2004.


Accolades

Grammy Award -Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (I'll Lead You Home)

Dove Award -Songwriter of the Year


Radio singles

1995 "Cry for Love" -#1 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1995 "Breakdown" -#4 Christian CHR

1995 -1996 "Straight to the Heart" -#25 Christian CHR, #3 Christian AC

1996 "I'll Lead You Home" -#2 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1996 "I'll Be Around" -#3 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1996 "A Little Stronger Everyday" -#5 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1996 -1997 "Someday" -#3 Christian CHR, #5 Christian AC


Next release: Live the Life (1998)

Watch the music video of "Cry for Love" here:


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