Martin Smith (songwriter)

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Martin Smith

Martin Smith performs in concert
Background information
Birth nameMartin Smith
Born(1970-07-06) July 6, 1970 (age 42)
GenresChristian rock, Alternative rock, Acoustic
OccupationsMusician, Songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals
LabelsFurious?, Survivor, Sparrow, Virgin
Associated actsDelirious?
Websitemartinsmith.tv
 
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Martin Smith

Martin Smith performs in concert
Background information
Birth nameMartin Smith
Born(1970-07-06) July 6, 1970 (age 42)
GenresChristian rock, Alternative rock, Acoustic
OccupationsMusician, Songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals
LabelsFurious?, Survivor, Sparrow, Virgin
Associated actsDelirious?
Websitemartinsmith.tv

Martin James Smith (born 6 July 1970) is an English vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Smith was the front man of the Christian rock and worship band Delirious?. He co-wrote three songs on Michael W. Smith's 2004 album Healing Rain and is going to be collaborating with Michael W. Smith on his upcoming album. Martin also co-wrote two songs on Matt Redman's 2006 album Beautiful News (" Take it to the streets" and "All over the World").[1] Some of the most recognised songs by Delirious? include "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever", "History Maker", "My Glorious", "Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?", "Shout To The North", "Deeper", "Majesty (Here I Am)", and "What A Friend I've Found". In 1995, Martin was involved in a near-fatal car accident, and during the weeks of his recovery, he decided to become a full-time musician. This inspired him to write the song "August 30" which appeared on the King of Fools album from Delirious?. Smith was one of the founding members of Delirious? along with Stewart Smith (no relation) and Tim Jupp, when they formed the band as The Cutting Edge.[2]

Smith also collaborated with the other members of Delirious? for the book I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.[3]

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Family

Martin Smith is married to Anna, sister of Delirious? band-member Jon Thatcher. Together with their six children, they live in the seaside village of Rustington, England.

When Jon and Anna's uncle died, Martin wrote a song to his memory called "Mountains High" which can be heard on the album World Service. Later on when his wife was pregnant they lost the baby and he went onto write a song called "I'll See You When I Get There" in the child's memory. This song has been sung at many funerals.

Career

Before Delirious? went full-time, Martin was employed by ICC studios in Eastbourne as a sound engineer.

The band announced that they would be taking a break at the end of 2009 to focus on things close to them. Martin said that he wanted more time to spend with his family and devote more time to the CompassionArt project.[4] The band later confirmed that they were breaking up permanently after a final concert in November 2009.

CompassionArt is an art and International development charity headed by Martin and his wife.[5]

Discography

Martin Smith has an extensive discography, including collaborations with many prominent artists in the CCM industry.

As a solo artist
With CompassionArt
With Delirious?
With Delirious? and Hillsong
With Delirious? and André Valadão
With Delirious? and Amy Grant
With Stu Garrard
With Israel Houghton
With Tim Hughes
With Jars of Clay
With Graham Kendrick
With Parachute Band
With Matt Redman
With Michael W. Smith
With Taylor Sorenson
With Darlene Zschech

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