FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MICHAEL W. SMITH KICKS OFF SPRING
“WONDER, WORSHIP & GLORY TOUR” FEB. 23
Tour Welcomes L’Angelus and New Corporate Sponsor, Pong Research Corporation
(Nashville, Tenn.) Feb. 17, 2012— GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Michael W. Smith will headline a spring “Wonder, Worship & Glory Tour”
to nearly 20 cities through March. Smith will be joined by popular
Americana four-piece family band L’Angelus and tour sponsor, Pong
Research Corporation, maker of patented smart phone and iPad cases that
have been proven to protect users from wireless device radiation.
Showcasing music from Smith’s latest releases GLORY (Nov. 21, 2011) and Decades of Worship (Jan.
17, 2012), as well as popular Smith tunes from the last three decades,
the tour will launch in Greensboro, N.C. on Feb. 23 and visit 12
states. A complete list of tour dates follows
Back by popular demand, Smith has asked fan favorites L’Angelus to rejoin him on his
Smith fans were introduced to this talented sibling group at his
Nashville Fan Weekend in 2011 and again later in the year when L’Angelus
joined his "It's a Wonderful Christmas: The Symphony Tour.”
A long-time proponent of healthy living and an avid user of mobile
devices, Smith is delighted to welcome Pong Research Corporation to the
tour. “As soon as I learned that the World Health Organization
classified cell phone radiation as a possible carcinogen, I decided I
wouldn’t even think of using my smart phone and iPad without having them
in Pong cases,” says Smith. “Every member of my family uses them.”
"Even this many years into it – I get excited about planning a new
tour,” says Smith. “It's always fun to play new music, dust off a few I
might not have done in a while and, of course, share time worshiping
together. It will be great having Katie, Paige, Steve and Johnny
(L'Angelus) out with me again.
About Michael W. Smith:
Throughout his 29-year career as arecording artist, Michael W. Smith
has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 24 albums have
garnered multiplehonors including an American Music Award, three GRAMMY ®
Awards (from 13 nominations), 44 GMA Dove Awards and 33 No. 1 radio
hits. In addition, he holds 16 Gold, 7 Platinum and 2 Double-Platinum
albums for career sales of 15 million. Most recently, Smith released GLORY, his second full-length instrumental album, on Nov. 21, 2011 and Decades of Worship, a collection of his most popular worship songs, Jan. 17, 2012.
Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009, Smith has scored
film projects, written 12 books and been featured by media outlets
including “Hannity,” NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “NBC
Nightly News,” “Larry King Live,” “FOX & Friends,” The Associated Press, Billboard, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and more.
Constantly giving back to the community, one of Smith’s current projects
is Rocketown – a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville,
Tenn. – which serves as a safe place for young people to enjoy music and
for artists to be discovered. He and wife of 30 years, Debbie, are the
proud parents of five children.
Taking its name from an ancient prayer, L’Angelus performs as a
dynamic high energy four piece band, featuring Katie, 27, Paige, 26,
Johnny, 24, and Stephen, 22. They describe their sound as Louisiana
roots, but still love to play the popular old rock and country and
Motown tunes - Americana music. Audiences across North America and
Europe are drawn to the “joie de vivre” that radiates from the stage.
Music in the Cajun culture has always been a unifying force - it brings
families together on the front porch and at the parish dance.
Selected in 2006 by Billboard Magazine
from more than 1,400
artists as one of six finalists in the Independent Music World Series,
L’Angelus has been steadily gaining international attention. Two of
their original compositions were featured in the nationwide PBS
documentary on Louisiana’s Wetlands, Washing Away
by Susan Sarandon. May of 2009 marked their first internationally
televised concert, with an hour long interview and performance on EWTN’s
“Life on the Rock,” where the group explored the influence that the
Catholic culture of community celebrations has had on the development of
Cajun and Irish music. Their most recent release, Sacred Hymns Collection,
picked up for international distribution by Ignatius Press, the world’s
largest Catholic publishing company, and quickly became one of the most
popular items in their music catalogue. On tour in Ireland thispast
summer, the trio of musicians was literally grabbed off the street to
interview and perform live on the country’s two largest radio programs,
“RTE with Pat Kenny” and “BBC Radio Live.” For more information, visit www.langelus.com
About Pong Research Corporation:
Founded in 2010, Pong is the world’s leading maker of cell phone
and iPad cases that protect smart phone and tablet users from the
wireless device radiation that the World Health Organization classified
in 2011 as a possible carcinogen. Developed by scientists out
ofPrinceton, Harvard, UCLA and MIT, Pong cases have been tested and
proven in FCC-certified labs to reduce the level of exposure to wireless
device radiation by up to 95% below
the target set by the
FCC. Pong embeds in each case a patented and proprietary technology
that redirects and redistributes the cell phone radiation that would
otherwise be absorbed by the user’s head and body. Easy to put on and
take off, Pong cases fit a variety of iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android
phones as well as the iPad and iPad 2, are available in a variety of
colors and styles, and have been designed and tested to work anywhere in
the world. For more information, visit www.pongresearch.com
WONDER, WORSHIP and GLORY Tour*
Thursday, Feb. 23 - Greensboro, N.C.
Friday, Feb. 24 - Export, Penn.
Saturday, Feb. 25 - Canton, Ohio
Sunday, Feb. 26 - Dayton, Ohio
Thursday, March 1 - Decatur, Ill.
Friday, March 2 - Appleton, Wis.
Saturday, March 3 - Rockford, Ill.
Sunday, March 4 - Rock Island, Ill.
Thursday, March 8 - Hawthorne, N.J.
Friday, March 9 - Milford, Conn.
Saturday, March 10 - Rochester, N.Y.
Sunday, March 11 - Lancaster, Penn.
Thursday, March 15 - Meridian, Miss.
Friday, March 16 - Pascagoula, Miss.
Saturday, March 17 - Bossier City, La.
Sunday, March 18 - Montgomery, Ala.
Thursday, March 22 - Rochester, Minn.
Friday, March 23 - Rochester, Minn.
Saturday, March 24 - St. Cloud, Minn.
*dates subject to change
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Vice President, Public Relations
Provident Music Group / Sony Music Entertainment
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