’2 Friends Tour’ Announced – Amy & MWS…

Posted on: November 10th, 2010 by Derek 145 Comments

 Multi-platinum recording artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith have announced plans for a multi-city U.S. tour that will reunite these two iconic singer/songwriters for the first time on the road together (for a non-holiday tour) in more than two decades. Kicking off in early February, the “2 Friends” tour is slated to hit approximately 20 cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Omaha, Minneapolis and Columbus (Ohio), among others.

Undoubtedly a landmark experience for music fans, the tour showcases two of Christian music’s most recognized and beloved artists who have, together, won nine GRAMMY® Awards and sold more than 47 million albums. The two first toured together in 1982 on Grant’s Age to Age Tour. Her Age to Age album was exploding up the Christian music charts, thanks to hits like “El Shaddai” and “Sing Your Praise To The Lord.” Smith toured as Grant’s keyboard player and opening act, supporting his debut release, Project, which generated instant classics like “Great Is The Lord” and “Friends.” They toured together on and off through the rest of that decade, culminating in the record-setting “Lead Me On” tour. They have continued to collaborate together musically over the years.

“I’ve always said I wouldn’t be where I am without Amy Grant,” Smith says. “When Amy hired me to play keyboards for her, I never could have anticipated where it would take me. This many years later, to get to tour together again is just awesome. When I think about set lists and what we might do together, the question isn’t, ‘Where do we start?’ The question is, ‘Where do we stop?’ This will be a fun night with a lot of great memories.”

“That first decade we toured together was really pretty amazing,” Grant adds. “There’s a nostalgia element that comes with having worked with someone solidly for so long and I’m ecstatic about hitting the road with Michael again. We will share the stage and participate in each other’s sets. But no kidding, I will have just as much fun sitting on the side of the stage and watching him. It will be like old times.”
Both artists will perform music from their vast catalog of fan favorites, along with selections from their current chart-topping albums: Grant’s Somewhere Down The Road (March 2010), and Smith’s brand new project, Wonder (Sept. 2010). Ticket information for the 2 Friends Tour will be available on each artist’s website:  www.amygrant.com and www.michaelwsmith.com.

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About Amy Grant:

Amy Grant’s career spans over 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and won six GRAMMY® Awards in multiple categories, beginning with the platinum selling Age to Age in 1982. She also has six #1 hits, including “Baby, Baby,” and “Every Heartbeat” and is one of only two Christian artists to be awarded a star on the legendary Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

Grant released her first live recording in 25 years with Time Again…Amy Grant Live in September 2006, and then announced her first ever label shift to EMI Music Group where her entire music catalog was re-mastered.  In March of 2010, Grant released Somewhere Down The Road, a collection of songs about the journey of life and faith. The album debuted at #2 on the iTunes Christian music chart and the first single, “Better Than A Hallelujah,” was a Top 10 Christian radio hit and #1 on the iTunes Christian singles chart. For more information, go to www.amygrant.com.

About Michael W. Smith:
Throughout his 28-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His prior 21 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, three GRAMMY® Awards (from 13 nominations), 44 GMA Dove Awards (in addition to 1 nomination in the 41st Annual 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 approaching 17 million. Wonder, Smith’s 22nd career album, released Sept. 28, 2010. Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009, Smith has also scored several film projects, written 11 books and has been featured by media outlets including “Hannity,” NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Larry King Live,” “FOX & Friends” 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 safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He and wife of 29 years, Debbie, are the proud parents of five children. For up-to-date information on Michael W. Smith, please visit www.michaelwsmith.com or www.providentpress.com.

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2 FRIENDS TOUR – MICHAEL W. SMITH & AMY GRANT

* Dates may not be final and are subject to change without notice.

Feb. 10                        Holland, MI                        Central Wesleyan Church
Feb. 11                        Peoria, IL                        Peoria Civic Center
Feb. 12                        Chicago, IL                        Rosemont
Feb. 13                        Minneapolis, MN            Orpheum, Theatre
Feb. 14                        Omaha, NE                        Holland Performing Arts Centre
Feb. 17                        North Charleston, SC            North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Feb. 18                        Franklin, NC                        Smokey Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 19                        New Bern, NC                        Temple Baptist Church
Feb. 24                       Cleveland, OH                   Playhouse Square – State Theatre
Feb. 25                        Grove City, OH                        Grove City Church of the Nazarene
Feb. 26                        Erie, PA                        Warner Theatre
Feb. 27                        Huntington, WV                        Big Sandy Arena
March 3                        Lowell, MA                        Lowell Memorial Auditorium
March 4                        Rochester, NY                        Auditorium Theatre
March 6                        Lancaster, PA                        American Music Theatre

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  • Becky Sawyer

    Will there me anymore dates added to the tour?

  • VJ

    I am very saddened that two of my musical influences are not coming nearer to the Washington DC/Baltimore area. This concert is monumental for me. I am bummed. I know it’s gonna be a great show.

  • Shawn

    @VJ…Lancaster, PA is less than 2 hours from DC.

  • Deleese

    Awesome news!!! We’d LOVE to see ’2 Friends’ come to Austin,TX!!

  • Tricia

    Yeah . . . Amy and Michael are coming to Omaha!!

  • Jennifer Muegge

    Will Amy and Michael be coming to Oklahoma? I could not afford the $250 tickets the last time she was in town :( I have been a fan forever and would love to see them live again.

  • http://www.efileflorida.com Esther Hastings

    Please come down to Ft. Lauderdale!!! Think of the wonderful & beautiful weather during that part of the cold and frigid year!! ;-) Pretty Plz???

  • Lori

    I Hope you are playing San Francisco or somewhere in Northern Cal.

  • Susan

    How about Indianapolis? :)

  • teena

    …and Southern California!

  • Julie Grant

    I do not see a date for Los Angeles. Am I wrong in reading that the two of you will be coming there? I would love to make that concert a Christmas present for my hubby since we both love the two of you. We are both unemployed me for 2 years and my hubby just got laid off as well on the 29th. But we would borrow the money to see you guys in concert thas how much your music means to us! So please let me know if you are coming to Los Angeles!

  • Samantha

    Too bad you aren’t coming to Canada. There are SOOOOOO many fans up here. I have been listening to your music for 25 years and have never been able to see you live. What a fantastic opportunity to see the two of you tour together!

  • Brian Bensing

    I second the request to come to Northern California!! But, I would go to Los Angeles to see you guys. Will that date be announced soon?

  • Carol Martin

    Nothing in North Texas either. We always love being at your concerts, but I know personally that it’s easy to get spread too thin. Take good care of yourself and your family, and we’ll see you next time around!

    May God continue to bless you!

  • Deborah Anderson

    Ditto on Southern California……. anywhere in California. Since they ( Amy and her group ) have to be invited to a certain place in geography, is there anything we can do as fans to help promote her and gain the attention of the powers that be? I already call radio stations. BTW…….. I’m willing to travel to Nevada or Arizona. One thing is for sure……… she will be back!

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  • Julie Franco

    I cant wait to attend the SoCal show :) hope the date posts soon! :) ) –Hugs!

  • Johnny O

    I will add to the request for a Texas visit this spring. Or… as soon as you both can get back here. God Bless.

  • Jenna

    Pretty please come to AZ!!! We love you here Amy!!! And Smitty too!!

  • Cristy

    I can’t believe there is not a Tennessee show (yet… hopefully) or even Georgia. Chattanooga is a great in the middle spot, close to Birmingham, Huntsville, Nashville, Knoxville, and Atlanta. Just a thought!

  • Angela

    I can not wait to see Amy and Michael. I have enjoyed their Music and Message for over 20 years. Amy Has the most Beautiful Voice in the world…and they both have given me so much Joy and have made me feel so close to Jesus in times of trouble by listening to their music..

  • James Williams

    New York City would be guaranteed success.

  • Sue

    St Louis? Please? Saw Amy and Michael at Red Rocks in 1984! Phenomenal then and will be again! PTL!

  • http://LifeLoveandTruth.com Kath K

    Sad to see the farthest stop West of the Mississippi is Omaha. Hope you’ll reconsider! Those of us on the West Coast love love love you guys!

    Although I now live near San Francisco, I had my first Amy/MSW live experience in Seattle – and it was LIFE CHANGING!

    So I will pray that, no matter where you go, others will have that same response. Bless you both!

  • Michael J

    Thanks Amy (and Michael) for scheduling my hometown of Chicago on your tour. Can’t wait for the show!

  • Susan Merrell

    Are you by any chance coming to the north west………near Spokane, Washington…………pleaseeeeeeeeee I would love to see Amy and Michael perform. Thank Thank Thank

  • Pam

    Please OH Please, expand your places and make sure TEXAS is included. EAST Texas would be even greater, but I would drive anywhere to see this. I have been both of your fans MANY years and greatly need to take my daughter and her friends to your concert. I want them to experience the event as well. THANK YOU!!!

  • http://LailaGiselle-orkut Laila Giselle

    Hi,

    I wanna this tour in my country, in my city. Here in Rio de Janeiro – Brasil.

    Please i wanna Michael Smith and Amy Grant singing here…..

  • Amy Cole

    Hey,
    How about doing a show in Ypsilanti Mi–convicatino center.
    I would love to see the two of you in Concert. I am a big fan of the two of you.
    I love your music.

    GOD BLESS

  • Melissa Wynne

    You guys have to play Nashville, TN!

  • Pam

    Not even ONE show in Texas? Dallas loves you both! Add more dates please!

  • Myra

    Please come to Texas – Houston-Austin- it’s a big state just pick a place ;)

  • Rob

    Southern Ontartio please!! Amy, you haven’t been here in years. Toronto and/or London (not England).

  • Tina

    Please consider coming to Phoenix. My first concert ever was Amy’s and Michael played the piano. It would be great to see them together again.

  • Lisa Ann

    Please consider adding a few more dates…..Louisville/Lexington!!!!!!

  • Eileen

    Sure wish you would be coming to Phoenix, AZ!!!

  • Mike V.

    Another vote for Northern California – Sacramento / San Francisco / San Jose

  • Debbie

    Vancouver wants to see you!!!

  • MEG

    Please do a Canadian tour too… please..please..please…

  • Mae

    Hoping that you guys will add a Dallas/Fort Worth venue to the tour!!!! :)
    So amazing!!!! Thx :)

  • Suzanne Grissom

    PLEASE hold a concert for the “home folks” around Nashville!!!!

  • Gena

    Don’t forget Kansas City,MO. The new Sprint Center is wonderful.

  • Joyce

    I second the request for K.C.!! That would be fabulous!!!!

  • Valerie

    I hope you come to Toronto, Canada Amy and Michael Love your music

  • John Teutschman

    You gotta come to Oregon. Especially Bend, Oregon we have a new outdoor christian concert center.

  • Wade in Santa Monica, CA

    I’m so excited! This is going to be a great show! When is the tour coming to Los Angeles?

  • Cindy Reseck

    What about us on the west coast? SO disappointed.

  • Therese

    Truly that concert spoken of, Amy’s age to age and Michael playing keyboards and releasing his “project” was a major vessel of me coming to Christ. My “religious” brother took me after playing “Religious” music in his dining room EVERY NIGHT. His church was pretty stark Baptist and I knew the concert would be uptight and boring. WRONG!! Got to talk to Smitty after concert, he signed my cassette and I was SO excited to find Christianity can be FUN!!!! Music was awesome, I was moved to tears, I felt Christ strong that night, in a way that I could relate. Accepted Christ a couple days later. Cant wait to see them together again!!!!

  • Nancy

    I hope that there will be Michael and Amy Concert in Portland, Oregon! That would make many people very Happy!

  • Angela

    Please come to Texas! PLEASE! I can’t miss a concert with my two favorite performers of all time!

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