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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) November 21, 2011 – GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Michael W. Smith is preparing to launch his highly-anticipated holiday event, It’s A Wonderful Christmas: The Symphony Tour.  Featuring a full symphony orchestra each night, the tour will also introduce audiences to the infectious musical stylings of L’Angelus (Lawn-Jay-Loose), an incredible four-piece family band with Louisiana roots and Americana influences. This seasonal crowd favorite concert series kicks off Nov. 26, in Toledo, Ohio, and will span 13 performances in eight major markets including Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Jacksonville and more.

Smith has inspired millions with his music, as evidenced by his 16 gold, seven platinum and two double-platinum albums, which contribute to career sales of 15 million. He draws hundreds of thousands to his concerts each year, and has in particular become one of the most popular holiday performers in the music industry today. The Associated Press calls Smith’s Christmas music “cinematic,” and his annual holiday concert series continues to sell out venue after venue. The year’s It’s A Wonderful Christmas: The Symphony Tour will again feature Smith with a full symphony orchestra, performing selections from his three acclaimed Christmas albums including It’s A Wonderful Christmas (2007), Christmastime (1998) and Christmas (1993), along with a few key titles from his brand new instrumental album and 23rd career record, Glory (Nov. 22). The symphony will be conducted each night by the tour’s musical director, producer/arranger David Hamilton, who has conducted numerous orchestras including the National Philharmonic and recently made his debut appearance at Carnegie Hall. Hamilton also worked closely with Smith on the Glory project.

A family of expert musicians, incredible singers and top-notch live entertainers, L’Angelus combines the best of Louisiana’s music traditions: Cajun fiddle tunes, saxophone-driven swamp-pop, and New Orleans-influenced R&B. The dynamic, high-energy four-piece band incorporates multiple instruments including guitar, bass, drums, fiddle, saxophone and harmonica. L’Angelus will perform selections from their holiday release, O Night Divine, as well as from their acclaimed indie projects, Ca C’est Bon and Sacred Hymns Collection.

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