Smitty Heads to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for His First-Ever USO Concert...
GRAMMY Winning Michael W. Smith to Lift the Spirits of Troops and Their Families on First-Ever USO Tour to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
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USO entertainment tour featuring contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith
August 6, 2012
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
award-winning recording icon and author Michael W. Smith, also known as
‘Smitty’ to his fans around the globe, will step off American soil and
onto the sandy Caribbean nation of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to visit with
troops on his first-ever USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour August 5-7.
On a mission to uplift the spirits of America’s service heroes and
their families, Smith will perform a motivational, all-inspiring USO
show featuring countless chart-topping hits, visit posts and sign
A big fan of America’s armed forces, Smith has supported our nation’s armed forces for years.
Last year, he joined the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, which sent
messages to troops downrange, and participated in “Sean Hannity’s
Holiday Salute to the Troops” concert alongside combat-decorated Oliver
North and USO tour veteran John Ondrasik.
Taking his support one step further, Smith penned songs “Heroes” and
“The Patriot” after being inspired by the unwavering service and
sacrifice of troops throughout our nation’s history.
his nearly three decades as a world renowned recording star, Smith has
worked beside some of the best in Christian music and amassed an
impressive catalog of achievements, including an American Music Award,
three GRAMMY Awards (from 13 nominations), 44 Dove Awards, 33 No. 1
radio hits and 12 books. He also holds 16 gold, seven platinum and two
double-platinum albums for career sales of 15 million records.
In 2011, Smith released his twenty-third album Glory along with his
book “A Simple Blessing: The Extraordinary Power of an Ordinary Prayer.”
son of an oil refinery worker and a caterer, Smith was born in West
Virginia and began playing keyboard and writing songs for
singer/songwriter Amy Grant. A short time later he released his first album and eventually became a headliner. Among his most notable hits are “Friends,” “Place in This World” and “I Will Be Here for You.”
Attributed to singer/songwriter Michael W. Smith:
“Our nation’s troops and military families are among the bravest and most selfless people I
know and we, as a nation, owe them not only our respect and gratitude but also our time.
I am just honored for the opportunity to travel to Guantanamo Bay with
the USO and extend our nation’s thanks for their service.”
USO President Sloan Gibson:
is a real privilege to be working with Michael W. Smith, who has
accomplished so much in music and is beloved by millions of people
around the world for his spirit lifting music and literary works.
His passion for supporting our troops matches that of the USO's and we
are honored that he is going to lift the spirits of the troops and their
families on a USO tour to Guantanamo Bay.”
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