’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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  • Ricky Martinez

    Please add Texas to the list

  • Edward

    I have seen Amy and Michael perform separately, but never together! I hope I can make one of the concerts. Depends on my heart surgery (which may be early 2011) and recovery time.

  • http://www.trishporter.com Trish Porter

    Woud love to see you. How about Colorado Springs or Albuquerque. What a wonderful and powerful concert. Blessings, Trish

  • Angela Ensminger

    What about the west coast??? I would love to go but since I am in the Pacific Northwest, the concerts are too far away!

  • annette

    Please consider coming to Wisconsin — my two FAVORITES. I’d be there in a heartbeat!

  • Fernanda

    Quando terá show da Amy no Brasil?????

  • Curtis

    Amy & Michael…..Canadians would love to see you bring this tour up here. Come back to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan….You guys always used to come here years back. A lot of people would go to see you for sure. You have written many great songs together…Find A Way….stands out as one of the best!!

  • Dawn

    Please bring the tour to the St. Louis area!

  • Chuck

    I have followed both of these artists since 1980! And I think I have every album they’ve ever done. Amazing talents blessed of God, leaving a marvelous mark on our world. Thank you for joining forces for another tour! Love the synergy!

  • Christina

    A concert this monumental deserves more tour dates and hitting the west; specifically Colorado. I hope concert organizers are seeing all the comments.

  • cathy

    please bring to dallas or fort worth texas

  • Karen

    please com to San Antonio:)

  • http://www.amygrant.com Jacqui Flanigan

    Please, Please, Please come to Sydney Australia!!!!

  • Mary Dewey

    Amy and Michael — please please please come to Dallas!!!!!!!!!!! There are so many of us fans here, I know we would sell it out!!

  • David Hennessey

    I can’t believe they are both coming to Chicago. I saw Amy not long ago in Jefferson, WI. Good show, but too darn short. I can’t even imagine what this show is going to be like.

  • Alyssa

    PLEASE come to CO! Went to see MWS a couple years back at Fiddler’s. Got to see Mercy Me but then a downpour shut the concert down before I got to see him! You have a big audience in CO!

  • Debbie Pankey

    Amy and Michael,
    I saw you in concert once together the day after I graduated 25 years ago. I loved that concert, it was in Saint Louis at Six Flags. I would love to see you both in Saint Louis again or Springfield, Missouri. You two are my favorites!!!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you both! God bless!

  • http://yahoo tonyiacobacci

    dear amy and michael . i am so looking forward to seeing the both of you in rochester . your songs have blessed me tremendously love in christ tony iacobacci

  • Wendy Whorton

    Hey Guys,
    We need you in Oklahoma!

  • Joy

    I miss the days when you used to come to Western Washington! No one ever comes around anymore.

  • Ann

    Please don’t forget your West Coast fans. Some of us grew up on your music and would love to see you both together for an unforgettable concert.

  • Dawn

    I am sad that your tour will not bring you to the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. I would love to be apart of this concert.

  • Mike

    Hello Friends! Do not despair. The list above is not complete. There are still dates to be added to the tour. Hopefully your city will appear. And if not, fly out to the show…it will be totally worth it!

  • joyce

    “Fly out to the show…it will be totally worth it!”

    ….uh, what economy are you living in????????????????????? A lot of us will consider concert tickets alone, a splurge. And I know I am not alone.

  • Jan

    Wow….worth the road trip….thanks for sharing your musical friendship with us in 2011!

  • Lillian

    When are you coming to Toronto??? {-(

  • Stephanie

    We love Amy and Michael here in Austin, TX!! Would be there in a heartbeat!! Please consider “Us Texans”!!!

  • Eric Refsnider

    Amy,

    My wife and I met you on the cruise with MWS a couple years ago. I am currently in Afghanistan with the US Army and will be home before your concert tour starts. I know, LORD willing, we will again talk with you both. How is Vince’s back doing?

    Blessings,
    Eric Refsnider

  • Michael Smith

    Looking forward to seeing you both out here on the West Coast. Thanks for coming back out to the Los Angeles area.

  • Matthew

    There are already some votes here for Colorado, and I’ll add mine: This concert definitely needs to come to the Front Range.

  • Melodi Gates

    I love listening to both of you, and have never missed a Christmas Concert that you have done in the Washington, DC area. I really wish you would come back to this area. May the Lord bless you with this tour,

    Melodi

  • Anna

    Would love to see you guys here in Colorado. Last time I saw you two in concert together was in Estes Park at Praise in the Rockies. Would love to see you guys together again

  • Gene Allgood

    What awesome memories of Amy and Michael in concert together. Please please come to Georgia!!

  • Michelle

    Would love to see the two of you in concert again. Please add Colorado to your list. My 6 year old loves your music and I’d like to take her to your concert.

  • Mary

    Please come west! How about Seattle, WA or Portland, OR? Having seen you two perform together several times, I would love to be able to come.

    Blessings!
    Mary

  • Andrew Persac

    Saw Amy & Michael together ONCE – during the Lead Me On/i 2 (eYe) tour in the fall of ’88 in New Orleans (UNO Lakefront Arena) when I was in college at Tulane University. Had an economics exam (forget which course) the next day, but wasn’t going to miss my fave singer of all time & her fave sidekick. PLEASE come to south Florida – Broward, Dade, or Palm Beach – but in particular, the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, where I saw Amy on her Home for Christmas Christmas tour (w/MWS – Hey, I guess I saw them together twice then – Point of Grace, & the Katinas) from the front row when I won the tix from her Friends for Amy fan club – the local tix – what an amazing night, & Amy even smiled at me once as i was singing along with her :) God bless you both for your years of dedication, ministry, entertainment, & more………………. LOVE you guys (met Amy in person at her house once too)

  • Kim Gullett

    I really wish you could come to Spokane or Seattle Wa. Pretty Please:):)
    God Bless you. I have been listening to you since the 80s.
    Kim Gullett

  • Leslie Miller

    Wow! I have gone to Atlanta, Nashville, and Las Vegas( twice) to see you. My friends all call me “obsessed” I have every recording and printed music that I have been able to find! Love your music but live in Utah. Your music has been worth the time and travel I have made to see you. Would go again if any possible way!! Come out west!!!!!!!

  • Elizabeth A Coe

    In the beginning of the article, it says that you and Michael will be in Columbus, Ohio. I see no dates for it. Am I just missing it? I REALLY would like to be at one of your concerts. Help me please. THANKS !!!! Elizabeth ( Lisa ).

  • Kris Heimerman

    My husband surprised me about 7 years ago and got tickets to see Amy and MWS at the Orange County Fair (airfare and all – we live in MN) so it has been less than 2 decades since they appeared together other than a holiday concert, but who cares? It is awesome that they will be on stage together again and that they are coming to MN!

  • Jodi long

    I’ve been a fan of Amy’s since the Grape Grape Joy days. She’ll be in Chicago on my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to spend it!!

  • Bob Morrow

    Please DO NOT Forget Denver, Colorado!!!

  • Jennifer Redden

    Amy,
    I would love to see you in SEATTLE again. It’s been a couple yrs.I saw you last at Chateau Michelles Winery in Woodinville, WA. You warmed up with the U2 song I beleive. I would love to see you back. Never seen MWS in concert. That would be a bonus for sure.

  • Natalie

    I am an Australian and have loved both Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith since I can remember. I am now an expate living overseas in Hong Kong. I know they won’t come here but I sure wish they could. There is a big Christian expate community here also.

  • Angela

    I have been listening to both of you since I was a kid. I would love to take my teenage daughter to see this show. Hopefully you will come to Los Angeles soon. I’ve never forgotten any of the old songs. It’s like they’ve made a lasting impression on my heart.

  • Miriam Jo Miller

    Wow!!! Better than a Hallelujah. Amy and Michael sharing the Gospel . There will be a Sweet Sweet Spirit in this place- And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord. Thank you, safe travels,prayers, and blessings to you both and your loving families.

  • austin

    Would love to have you and MWS come to Utah. Love to have you come and perform in Salt Lake City. Both of you are a favorite of mine and would love to have you come perform out west somewhere.

  • Frances Rebar

    I would love to see this concert! Please bring it to Sacramento or Stockton California!

  • Leslie

    Houston – please!!!

  • Amber

    Saw you together in Estes Park, CO many years ago, please please add Colorado to your tour! Would LOVE to see you again!!

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