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Smokie Norful

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Biography

With his soulful tenor vocals and an unerring ability to fuse contemporary gospel with hip-hop sensibilities, Smokie Norful is one of the brightest lights on the current gospel scene. The son of an African Methodist Episcopal minister, Norful spent his first 14 years in Muskogee, OK, where he absorbed music ranging from sacred gospel to the secular soul that was popular at the time, and both strains would serve him well when he began his professional singing career. By the age of two he was picking out melodies on piano, by four he was actively playing and singing in his father's church, and by ten he was a featured artist on a custom album assembled by a regional music director. Although music was his enduring passion, Norful instead opted to study history at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, eventually working as a history instructor for four years before relocating to Chicago in 1998 in order to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary. After his graduation, Norful remained in Chicago as an assistant pastor at the Rock of Ages Baptist Church and stayed active in various church choirs, eventually catching the ear of Joe Anne Brunson, leader of the Thompson Community Choir, who asked him to sing one of his original songs for the choir's Real album, which essentially launched Norful's professional singing career. His debut solo album, I Need You Now, was released by Chordant in 2002, followed by a live album called Limited Edition from EMI Gospel in 2003. Norful has characterized his music as "urban inspirational," an apt term that allows him to stretch the boundaries of traditional gospel while still remaining true to its purpose. EMI Gospel also released Norful's second solo album, Nothing Without You, in 2004. Life Changing appeared in 2006, and in 2009, EMI Gospel released Smokie Norful Live. ~ Steve Leggett
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Top Tracks

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  2.   I Need You Now
  3.   Still Say Thank You
  4.   I Understand
  5.   Justified
  6.   No Greater Love
  7.   Just Can't Stop
  8.   O Holy Night
  9.   Um Good
  10.   Sunday Morning Medley: I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord/God Is a Good God/There's a Storm Out on the Ocean/I Want to Live So God Can Use Me/Praise the Lord Everybody by Myron Butler
  11.   He's Gonna Come Through
  12.   It's All About You
  13.   Great & Mighty
  14.   Praise Him
  15.   Life's Not Promised
  16.   Same Sad Song
  17.   Put Your Hands Together
  18.   Dear God
  19.   In the Middle
  20.   Hymn Medley: Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee/Amazing Grace/He's a Wonder in My Soul/I Need Thee/Yes Lord/Hallelujah, Thine the Glory (Revive Us Again)/Alleluia
  21.   I Know It Was the Blood
  22.   Always Remember
  23.   The Communion Medley: The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power/Oh the Blood of Jesus/There Is Power in the Blood/Nothing But the Blood
  24.   He Is Your Father
  25.   Run Til I Finish
  26.   Nothing Without You
  27.   The Least I Can Do
  28.   Anywhere
  29.   Trouble in My Way featuring The 12th District AME Church Choir
  30.   Your Great Reward
  31.   Where Your Treasure Is, Your Heart Will Be
  32.   Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
  33.   Every Need I Have Has Already Been Met
  34.   Don't Quit
  35.   Were You There?
  36.   Run to You
  37.   What I Need and What I Want
  38.   Psalm 64
  39.   Somethin', Somethin'
  40.   Run Run
  41.   Forever Yours
  42.   Sunday Morning Medley featuring Myron Butler
  43.   The Lord Will Make a Way featuring Sheri Jones-Moffett
  44.   Solid Rock
  45.   Without Faith, You Just Can't Do It
  46.   The Gift of Marriage and the Gift of Singleness
  47.   It's Already Yours
  48.   If You Trust Him, He Will Bless You
  49.   God Is My Source
  50.   Goodness and Mercy
  51.   Exercise That Muscle
  52.   Every Round with God Goes Higher
  53.   Desperation Breeds Disobedience
  54.   Mighty God
  55.   More Than Anything
  56.   In Time
  57.   Celebrate
  58.   Healing in His Tears
  59.   I Know Too Much About Him
  60.   Can't Nobody
  61.   I Know the Lord Will Make a Way
  62.   God Is Able
  63.   Worthy
  64.   Power
  65.   God Is My Manager
  66.   Thump the Melon
  67.   You Gotta Right
  68.   In the Meantime
  69.   Imperfect Me
  70.   Once in a Lifetime
  71.   Not Yet
  72.   If God Ain't in It, It Really Ain't Love
  73.   Jesus Is Love
  74.   No One Else
  75.   In the Presence of the King
  76.   I've Been Delivered
  77.   I Will Bless the Lord
  78.   He's All I Need
  79.   Continuous Grace
  80.   Right Now
  81.   Where Would I Be?
  82.   Don't Think Too Small
  83.   Love
  84.   I Feel Good
  85.   Say So
  86.   True Love
  87.   I Need a Word
  88.   I've Got What You Need
  89.   He Loves Me
  90.   Nothing Is Impossible
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