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Smokie Norful

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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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  2.   I Need You Now
  3.   Justified
  4.   No Greater Love
  5.   I Understand
  6.   Still Say Thank You
  7.   Just Can't Stop
  8.   O Holy Night
  9.   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
  10.   Um Good
  11.   He's Gonna Come Through
  12.   Great & Mighty
  13.   It's All About You
  14.   Praise Him
  15.   Same Sad Song
  16.   Life's Not Promised
  17.   Dear God
  18.   Don't Think Too Small
  19.   In the Middle
  20.   Always Remember
  21.   Nothing Is Impossible
  22.   I Need a Word
  23.   Trouble in My Way featuring The 12th District AME Church Choir
  24.   I Will Bless the Lord
  25.   The Least I Can Do
  26.   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
  27.   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
  28.   Your Great Reward
  29.   Without Faith, You Just Can't Do It
  30.   Not Yet
  31.   If You Trust Him, He Will Bless You
  32.   He Is Your Father
  33.   Every Need I Have Has Already Been Met
  34.   Mighty God
  35.   Were You There?
  36.   More Than Anything
  37.   Can't Nobody
  38.   What I Need and What I Want
  39.   Psalm 64
  40.   Healing in His Tears
  41.   Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
  42.   Somethin', Somethin'
  43.   In the Meantime
  44.   Forever Yours
  45.   Anywhere
  46.   Sunday Morning Medley featuring Myron Butler
  47.   The Lord Will Make a Way featuring Sheri Jones-Moffett
  48.   Solid Rock
  49.   Where Your Treasure Is, Your Heart Will Be
  50.   True Love
  51.   Thump the Melon
  52.   The Gift of Marriage and the Gift of Singleness
  53.   It's Already Yours
  54.   If God Ain't in It, It Really Ain't Love
  55.   God Is My Source
  56.   Goodness and Mercy
  57.   God Is My Manager
  58.   Exercise That Muscle
  59.   Desperation Breeds Disobedience
  60.   Jesus Is Love
  61.   No One Else
  62.   In the Presence of the King
  63.   I've Been Delivered
  64.   Don't Quit
  65.   Run to You
  66.   Where Would I Be?
  67.   Run Til I Finish
  68.   Celebrate
  69.   I Know Too Much About Him
  70.   Nothing Without You
  71.   God Is Able
  72.   Worthy
  73.   Power
  74.   He's All I Need
  75.   I Know the Lord Will Make a Way
  76.   Continuous Grace
  77.   Once in a Lifetime
  78.   Put Your Hands Together
  79.   I Feel Good
  80.   I've Got What You Need
  81.   I Know It Was the Blood
  82.   He Loves Me
  83.   Love
  84.   You Gotta Right
  85.   Every Round with God Goes Higher
  86.   Imperfect Me
  87.   Right Now
  88.   Run Run
  89.   In Time
  90.   Say So
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