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Pastor Smokie Norful

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  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Master's of Divinity
    Trinity International Seminary
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Pastor Smokie Norful Smokie ..., 15 Nov 2014 [cached]
Pastor Smokie Norful Smokie Norful catapulted on top of the gospel music scene over a decade ago, since then the Grammy® award-winning recording artist has accomplished one feat after another. Today Smokie shows no sign of slowing down. The world-renowned vocalist, Pastor, educator and visionary now brings his music and ministry efforts towards global humanitarianism. As an internationally known musician, composer, and singer, Norful's 2002 debut release I NEED YOU NOW propelled him to worldwide recognition. Since that time he has found commercial success with three Number 1 Billboard Albums (I NEED YOU NOW, NOTHING WITHOUT YOU, SMOKIE NORFUL LIVE) and over 2 million albums sold worldwide. Norful is a multiple RIAA certified platinum-selling artist and has been named Billboard's "Gospel Artist of the Year" in 2003 and 2004. He is a multiple Stellar, Dove awards winner, has earned Grammy® Soul Train, NAACP Image award nominations. Norful received the Grammy Award in 2005 for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year for his chart topping CD NOTHING WITHOUT YOU. Norful has also contributed to five platinum selling compilations and has written songs for several major Gospel recording artists. His notable performances include appearances on The Trumpet Awards, Save Africa's Children Event in Soweto, the BET Awards, the Stellar Awards, Soul Train, hosting and performing on the Dove Awards, the Parade of Stars, the Essence Music Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and numerous other festivals, events, concert halls, and tours. He has starred on the Hopeville Tour along side Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin and will headline the McDonalds Inspiration Celebration tour this summer. Norful is an educator at heart. Having received his degree in history from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Norful went on to teach for seven years. He attended both Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (in Evanston, IL) and Trinity International Seminary (in Deerfield, IL) and formerly served the board of Regents for Trinity International University. Norful launched his church Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, IL on September 20, 2005 where he serves as Senior Pastor. Since its launch, Norful and the Victory Cathedral Church Family have experienced an extraordinary and unprecedented growth in this community. He launched a second campus on the south side of Chicago in September 2008. The ministry has been focused on reaching the community and encouraging its members to live a life to be remembered through volunteerism, charity and philanthropy via their "Give Yourself Away" initiative. Smokie's proudest roles are that as a husband, father. He & his wife Carla are proud parents of Ashley, Tre and Ashton; they reside in suburban Chicago, IL. Smokie Norful Ministries is based on 3 simple principles: Hope, Healing and Empowerment.
Smokie Norful :, 23 May 2009 [cached]
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Smokie Norful- Live
Since dominating adult contemporary and R&B radio with his bonafide crossover ballad hit "I Need You Now,", Smokie Norful survived one-hit wonder status and even impressed the Academy by taking home a Grammy win for his 2004 album Nothing Without You in the Best Contemporary Soul Gospel category. Yet it is relevant to add that the coolness of Norful's career and his relevance on the charts has simmered down some since his goldmine hit. On Live, Norful rediscovers the most popular trend in gospel music by using the live audience to once again build up his army of supporters. Taped at Memphis' Canon Center, Norful isn't a total stranger to the live atmosphere. In an effort to meet the surging demand of Norful's quickly-growing fan base, he recorded the ten-track EP, Limited Edition, months after I Need You Now. Being a full-time pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Romeoville, IL also benefits him with interacting with his audiences.
Recorded live in front of a standing room audience at The Cannon Center in Memphis, the 10-track CD was produced by Norful and Jason Tyson, and includes guest performances by Tony Award winning artist, Heather Headley and Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett.
Cory "Coco Brother" Condrey, host of "The Coco Brother Show," who recently interviewed Norful on his Atlanta-based, nationally-syndicated radio program offered his well wishes, "Congratulations to Pastor Smokie Norful on his debut at #1 and powerful single, 'Justified!' We had Pastor help us launch our new syndicated show 'Coco Brother Live,' now syndicated in (16) national markets daily. I always enjoy interviewing people who have content and great things to say. Smokie's interview was powerful and captured people. He's not just an artist...He's a man of GOD!"
Victory Cathedral Worship Center - Pastor Norfuls Executive Team, 16 April 2014 [cached]
Responsibilities: Executive Assistant to Pastor Smokie Norful
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Pastor Smokie Norful founded Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, Illinois, the same year he won a Grammy Award for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year for Nothing Without You.
Smokie Norful answered ..., 14 Oct 2013 [cached]
Smokie Norful answered his call to the ministry of the gospel in 1998, and pursued a Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is currently pastor and founder of Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Romeoville, Illinois. Pastor Norful's compelling charismatic ministry will electrify our hearts, deliver, save and set souls free and bring us into the presence of Almighty God.
Also filling the night with joyous praise and worship are the mighty sound of MLK's Voices Of Praise Choir, the well sought after MLK's Believe Mime Team, and other special guests.
Come and experience the music, the dance, the singing and the anointed word as we fill the sanctuary and magnify the Lord. An awesome night of God's glory will be the expectation on this memorable night with Pastor Smokie Norful!
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