England: Martin Smith ex-Délirious?
Martin James Smith (born 6 July 1970) is an English vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Smith was the front man of the Christian rock and worship band Delirious?. He co-wrote three songs on Michael W. Smith’s 2004 album Healing Rain and is going to be collaborating with Michael W. Smith on his upcoming album. Martin also co-wrote two songs on Matt Redman’s 2006 album Beautiful News ( » Take it to the streets » and « All over the World »). Some of the most recognised songs by Delirious? include « I Could Sing of Your Love Forever », « History Maker », « My Glorious », « Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? », « Shout To The North », « Deeper », « Majesty (Here I Am) », and « What A Friend I’ve Found ». In 1995, Martin was involved in a near-fatal car accident, and during the weeks of his recovery, he decided to become a full-time musician. This inspired him to write the song « August 30 » which appeared on the King of Fools album from Delirious?. Smith was one of the founding members of Delirious? along with Stewart Smith (no relation) and Tim Jupp, when they formed the band as The Cutting Edge.
Smith also collaborated with the other members of Delirious? for the book I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.
Before Delirious? went full-time, Martin was employed by ICC studios in Eastbourne as a sound engineer.
The band announced that they would be taking a break at the end of 2009 to focus on things close to them. Martin said that he wanted more time to spend with his family and devote more time to the CompassionArt project. The band later confirmed that they were breaking up permanently after a final concert in November 2009.
CompassionArt is an art and International development charity headed by Martin and his wife.
Delirious? (formerly known as The Cutting Edge Band) were an English Christian rock and modern worship band. For the majority of their career, the lineup featured Martin Smith on vocals and guitar, Stu G (full name Stuart Garrard) on guitar and backing vocals, Jon Thatcher on bass guitar, Tim Jupp on keys and piano, and Stew Smith on drums and percussion. During their final two years, drumming duties were assumed by Paul Evans.
They are perhaps best known for their modern worship songs « Rain Down », « Majesty », « Lord You Have My Heart », « Thank You for Saving Me », « Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? », « What a Friend I’ve Found » and their 1994 song « I Could Sing of Your Love Forever », which has been called a « modern worship classic » and is their most popular song in the United States…
In the final years of their career, Delirious? began to place a strong focus on humanitarian issues in their music. Both Martin Smith and Stu G started charities. Drummer Stew Smith left the band at the end of April 2008, and it was announced via a press release on in July of the same year that Delirious? would soon embark on an indefinite and probably permanent hiatus from recording and touring in order to focus on these new projects. On 29 November 2009 they gave their final performance for a sold-out crowd at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and have now officially disbanded
Martin Smith avec G12 (Colombie):
avec Jesus Culture (USA):