Michael W. Smith’s Album, Hymns, is Released Today, Exclusively at All Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Locations and

  Michael W. Smith’s Album, Hymns, is Released Today, Exclusively at All
  Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Locations and CrackerBarrel.com

This Friday, Mar. 28, Smith Will Meet Fans at Cracker Barrel Location on Music
      Valley Drive in Nashville and Perform That Night on Grand Ole Opry

Business Wire

LEBANON, Tenn. -- March 24, 2014

Michael W. Smith’s newest album Hymns is available beginning today exclusively
at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at
crackerbarrel.com. The digital album will also be available for purchase at
select digital retailers. The album is the latest CD in the Cracker Barrel Old
Country Store® exclusive music program. It is the first time in his legendary
career that Smith has recorded an album of traditional hymns, including many
that he sang in church when he was young. The album contains 15 songs and will
sell for $11.99.

Smith will meet fans and autograph copies of Hymns at the Cracker Barrel Old
Country Store® located at 2406 Music Valley Drive in Nashville this Friday,
Mar. 28, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Later that evening, he will perform songs
from the album on the Grand Ole Opry. During his performance, he will be
joined by his friend Ricky Skaggs.

“I’ve wanted to do an album of hymns for as long as I can remember,” said
Smith. “When we started talking with Cracker Barrel, I knew it was the right
time for this project. I’m really excited about it. These are great, timeless
songs that I have always loved to sing.”

“Michael’s Hymns album is beautiful album of classic hymns and makes a great
addition to the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive music program,”
said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “We are thrilled to work
with Michael and we know our guests will enjoy this CD.”

Hymns was produced by Kyle Lee and Jim Daneker, with track no. 15 produced by
Smith. The album’s executive producers are Greg Ham and Chaz Corzine. The
songs on Hymns are as follows:

1) “The Old Rugged Cross” (written by George Bennard)
2) “My Jesus, I Love Thee” (written by William R. Featherston)
3) “Were You There” (written by C. Winfred Douglas)
4) “Victory in Jesus” (written by E.M. Bartlett)
5) “How Great Thou Art” (written by Stuart K. Hine)
6) “Just As I Am” (written by Charlotte Elliott)
7) “Near the Cross” (written by Fanny Crosby)
8) “It is Well” (written by Horatio Spafford)
9) “Softly and Tenderly” (written by Will L. Thompson)
10) “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (written by Isaac Watts)
11) “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (written by Joseph M. Scriven)
12) “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” (written by Dawn Rodgers and Eric Wyse)
13) “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (written by Thomas O. Chisholm and William M.
14) “God of Our Fathers” (written by Daniel C. Roberts)
15) “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” (written by Peter C. Lutkin)

Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold more than
15 million albums, achieved 28 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY Awards, one
American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. Throughout his career, the
Contemporary Christian artist has had the opportunity to sing for Presidents
and national leaders, and counts among his friends the Reverend Billy Graham
and his son, Franklin Graham. He actively supports the teen club Rocketown,
Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by
Franklin Graham. Michael and his wife Debbie live in Middle Tennessee, where
they raised their five children. For more information, visit

About the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Exclusive Music Program

Michael W. Smith’s Hymns is the latest CD release in the Cracker Barrel Old
Country Store® exclusive music program. Since 2005, Cracker Barrel has
released CDs with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in the
top three spots on a range of Billboard’s charts including Top DVD Music
Videos, Top Country Albums, Top Contemporary Christian Albums and Top
Bluegrass Albums. The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music
program includes CDs with Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Mandy Barnett, Clint Black,
Jason Michael Carroll, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dailey & Vincent, The Charlie
Daniels Band, Ronnie Dunn, Edens Edge, Sara Evans, Bill Gaither, Vince Gill
and Paul Franklin, Amy Grant, The Grascals, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson,
George Jones, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Montgomery Gentry, Russell Moore
& IIIrd Tyme Out, Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Dolly
Parton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Randy
Travis, Josh Turner, Wynonna, and the Zac Brown Band. For details, visit

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home
in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family
while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s
surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country
heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style
country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its
made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old
country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBRL) was established in 1969
in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 626 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location is open seven days a week with
hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6
a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.


For Cracker Barrel Old Country Store:
Cracker Barrel Media Relations
Essential Broadcast Media
Ebie McFarland, 615-327-3259
Scott Stem, 615-327-3259
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