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The First Decade (1983-1993)

Updated: Oct 8, 2023


The First Decade (1983-1993) is a compilation album by Christian singer -songwriter Michael W. Smith, released on October 12, 1993 by Reunion Records.


This collection features songs from his first ten years of recording, from his six studio albums, not counting his Christmas or live albums. It also contains two brand new songs: the lead single "Kentucky Rose" and "Do You Dream of Me?"

The latter song is co-written with Amy Grant, who also provides backing vocals.


A more extensive 2-CD collection called The Wonder Years would be released the same year as The First Decade. The album topped the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and was Gold certified in 1995.


Track listing

1. Do You Dream of Me? (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Beverly Darnall) (new recording) -4:19

2. Kentucky Rose (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (new recording) -5:27

3. Picture Perfect (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from Change Your World) -3:55

4. I Will Be Here for You (Michael W. Smith, Diane Warren) (from Change Your World) -4:35

5. Give it Away (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from Change Your World) -5:07

6. Place in This World (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from Go West Young Man) -3:59

7. Go West Young Man (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from Go West Young Man) -3:55

8. Pray for Me (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from i 2 (EYE)) -3:54

9. Secret Ambition (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from i 2 (EYE)) -6:27

10. Emily (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from Go West Young Man) -4:19

11. Old Enough to Know (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from The Big Picture) -4:48

12. Rocketown (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) (from The Big Picture) -4:35

13. I Am Sure (Michael W. Smith, Mike Hudson) (from Michael W. Smith 2) -4:44

14. Friends (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith) (from Change Your World) -4:41

15. Great is The Lord (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith) (from Michael W. Smith Project) -2:54


Production credits


Michael W. Smith -producer (tracks 3-15), co-producer (track 2)

Mark Heimermann -producer (tracks 2-5)

Bryan Lenox -co-producer (tracks 6, 7 and 10)

Wayne Kirkpatrick -producer (tracks 8 and 9)

John Potoker -producer (tracks 11 and 12)

Mark Hammond -producer (track 1)


Gold certified in 1995.


Radio singles

1993 "Kentucky Rose" -#25 Christian CHR, #12 Christian AC


Previous release: Change Your World (1992)


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