Considered the "Voice of Inspiration," Smokie Norful
once again lives up to his
name by delivering work that is expressive, heartfelt, and passionate.The new project is a regeneration of the EMI
Gospel artist, and was inspired by a series of life-changing events that have taken place in Norful's life over the past few years: fatherhood, pastoring a rapidly growing church, and experiencing musical success."Since reconnecting with ministry and the true nature of my call (preaching), I have literally seen life change ... way!"states Norful, while discussing the genesis of the project."For me, this project is truly a rejuvenation of Smokie Norful
.It is part of a series of events that have been life changing for me.I hope that listeners will be inspired to be better ... songs."
Life Changing will not only delight current Norful fans, but will create a legion of new ones, as it is infused with Norful's
renewed passion for songwriting—containing musical selections ranging from praise and worship to traditional to urban pop.Norful has teamed up with new business partner and co-writer, Jason Tyson to form the new company, "One Wordd Productions," which will focus on songwriting and production.
Once again, Norful
collaborates with producers Tommy Simms, Percy Bady, and Cedric and Victor Caldwell, all of whom worked on his 2004 Grammy Award-winning sophomore CD, Nothing Without You.
Additional songs featured on the project include the piano-driven ballad Run Til I Finish written by Norful; the traditional I've Decided to Make Jesus My Choice; and the Caribbean-influenced Great and Mighty (produced by Bady).
Life Changing also includes the Tommy Simms-produced Where Would I Be, a contemporary, mid-tempo ballad; and the upbeat, praise and party song, Celebrate, another song penned by Norful
.The diverse singer/songwriter also includes a rendition of the Whitney Houston hit, Run To You (from The Bodyguard film soundtrack)—changing the lyrics to focus the attention on his
ability to run to God for restoration and strength to face whatever challenges life sends.
To promote the new CD, as well as share his
ministry with a broad audience, Norful
will launch the "Worship & A Word" promotional tour this fall.The idea for "Worship & A Word" was created by Norful
to integrate his
music and preaching ministries, and will be held at various churches across the country.The promotional appearances will consist of a message from Pastor Norful
, as well as a musical performance featuring selections from Life Changing.Target markets include New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Dallas, Nashville and Washington, DC, and several others.
The acclaimed, multi-talented artist has been successful since entering the gospel music scene four years ago.Since the release of his
Gold-certified debut CD (and smash single of the same name), I Need You Now (June 2002), Norful
has never left the Gospel charts.His
follow-up sophomore CD, Nothing Without You, debuted at #1 when released, and has remained on the sales charts since its release in 2004.It is now approaching Gold status.Norful
has earned numerous awards, including a 2004 Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album;" three of gospel music's Stellar Awards; two of Christian music's Dove Awards; three Gospel Music Excellence Awards; and many others.He
was named "Gospel Artist Of The Year" for 2003 and 2004 by the industry's top trade publication, Billboard magazine
ended last year as the fifth best-selling artist of 2005 (following only behind the likes of Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin—all of whom released CDs the same year).
In addition to touring in music venues and churches throughout the country, Norful
has made numerous personal performances.
...Norful—a husband, father and music artist—is now pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center—one of the fastest growing churches in the western suburban community of Bolingbrook/Romeoville, Illinois (outside Chicago).
The ordained minister started the church in Fall 2005 and has seen a continuous increase in worshipers every week—now amassing a membership of close to 1,200 ... Smokie Norful
is forging his
own path in today's ever-changing gospel music world and living up to his
God-given call to inspire others to achieve greatness.