Healing Rain (2004) – Michael W Smith

Michael W Smith is one of my favourite Christian singer-songwriters and has featured here a few times. Healing Rain is the title song from his 19th studio album. It debuted at No 11 on the Billboard charts and some of the album’s tracks were recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound, located in Marin County, California. I have to hand it to Michael, he really knows how to tap into that vulnerable part of oneself to realise how with Grace we can all transform, if we so desire and have the courage and committment. From my first listening I was enamoured with this song and I still love to hear it.

Healing rain is coming down
It’s coming nearer to this old town
Rich and poor, weak and strong
It’s bringing mercy, it won’t be long

Healing rain is coming down
It’s coming closer to the lost and found
Tears of joy, and tears of shame
Are washed forever in Jesus’ name

Healing rain, it comes with fire
So let it fall and take us higher
Healing rain, I’m not afraid
To be washed in Heaven’s rain

Healing Rain rose to No. 1 on the Radio & Records Charts and combines the pop style of his previous recordings with the religious feel of his two live worship albums. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. Michael W. Smith’s career has spanned three decades, with over seven-million-records sold and 25 number one singles.

I was weighing up which video of Healing Rain to present here. The official release is a bit cheesy with stereotypical messaging and the live performance here is not so well sung by Michael, but it has a grandiose guitar solo at 3 minutes and the other instrumentals and choir bring it home. The performance of the abridged duo of Healing Rain / Majesty is really powerful and Michael sings immense (as seen below).
Whatever the case, if you like the message and melody, I hope you hear all three versions to immerse yourself. It’s one of the greatest Christian song releases in my opinion of the 21st century.

1. Healing Rain – wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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