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Worship (2001)

Updated: Dec 24, 2023

Worship is a live album by Christian singer - songwriter Michael W. Smith. Released on September 11, 2001 by Reunion Records, it was released the same day as the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon were attacked and destroyed and has taken thousands of lives.

Worship was recorded live at the Carpenter's House Church in Lakeland, Florida and features a choir and band to give this recording a live worship experience and features contemporary worship songs and is part of the modern worship movement. The album also contains two studio songs: "Purified" and "Above All," which was released as the lead single to Christian radio. In 2002, Smith released a follow-up album Worship Again and a DVD comprising selections from both albums. Smith and Tom Laune produced the album.

Smith won three Doves Awards for Artist of the Year, Praise and Worship Album of the Year and Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for "Above All." The album also won Recorded Music Packaging given to the art directors and designers of the album cover. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. Worship topped the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and peaked at number 20 on the Top 200 Albums chart. The album was certified Gold in 2001 and Double Platinum in 2010. It has sold more than two million copies, giving Smith his first multi-platinum album.

Track listing

1. Forever (Chris Tomlin) -5:50

2. The Heart of Worship (Matt Redman) -6:15

3. Draw Me Close (Kelly Carpenter) -4:14

4. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Helen H. Lemmel) -3:12

5. Open the Eyes of My Heart (Paul Baloche) -5:22

6. Above All (Paul Baloche, Lenny LeBlanc) -4:23

7. Breathe (Marie Barnett) -6:57

8. Let it Rain (Michael Farren) -5:40

9. Agnus Dei (Michael W. Smith) -6:40

10. Awesome God (Rich Mullins) -4:40

11. More Love, More Power (Jude del Hierro) -5:10

Studio bonus tracks

12. Purified (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith) -4:32

13. Above All -4:36

Gold certified in 2001.

Platinum certified 2x in 2010.


Dove Award -Artist of the Year

Praise and Worship Album of the Year (Worship)

Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year ("Above All")

Radio singles

2001 "Above All" -#1 Christian AC, #17 Christian CHR

2002 "Breathe" -#18 R&R Christian AC

2002 "Purified" -#1 R&R Christian Inspo, #24 R&R Christian AC

Previous release: Freedom (2000)

Next release: Worship Again (2002)

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