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Smokie Norful


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God’s angel Smokie Norful is an American gospel singer and pianist, best known for his 2002 album I Need You Now and his 2004 release, Nothing Without You, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 2005.

Norful, a minister who is also the son of an African Methodist Episcopal Church minister, was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas but grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, deeply involved in his father’s church. He was interested in music from a very young age, reportedly picking out one-finger piano melodies from the age of two. His parents supported him with music lessons, and, unusually for his background, allowed him to experiment with and listen to the current R&B and soul music of the day as well as gospel music. Norful graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as a History major and spent four years teaching high school. In 1998 he felt “called” to the ministry, and pursued a Masters of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Upon graduation and ordination, he took a position as assistant pastor at a church in Chicago. He participated in an album release by the Thompson Community Choir, a well-known gospel group, and contributed a song as well as solo vocals. He was then offered the opportunity to make a solo album for EMI Gospel, I Need You Now. The album was a slow starter but eventually went gold, spending two years in the upper reaches of the Billboard Gospel Charts.


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  • xasiaaa

    Have you heard the new Tasha Page-Lockhart song "Diiferent"?! If not, check it out ASAP! ---

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Adii92

    I Understand by Smokie Norful has helped me in so many ways. That song is just uplifting and makes me happy :)

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • praiseimoke

    for me, SMOKIE NORFUL is my father and mentor, though from afar, yet i feel his presence strongly. am ur number 1 FAN

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • naynay1129

    its sad all these rap artist and other artist who talk about lust and sinful things have more plays then gospal artist shows where most people stand

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jahovjira537

    thank the lord for ths music . amem

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • snewk

    I'm blown away by the song Dear God. His voice is incredible!

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • kbomb001

    ditto @ Maladyjazz

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • tiebaby

    god will make a way out of no 2 him not when u hav problems he's there when no bdy else is.. be blessed

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • jerrynice

    NORFUL !! I am so thankful for how God speaks to me through various servants such as pastor Norful. He'll be in town next month, I pray I'll be able to be there.

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • wennita

    Serving the Lord is the best thing that anyone can do. Through Smokie's music I can praise him through anything that may come my way.

    25 Mar 2009 Reply

    When I listen to the words of your songs I know my Savior Lives in your praises!!

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • biolasodiya

    A wonderful and talented vessel in the hand of God you are Smokie, keep it up.

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ToBeautyWithin

    Each time I hear those words: I need you know I am filled with hope and a reminder that I can't do it all alone. God is my answer the search is over, he is my best friend and he continue to rescue me.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • JNez

    good music here. i'd heard i need you know years back and have paid attention to smokie's career. finally got around to downloading his cd's and it's right on time. what a great voice.

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • collinsowusu007

    god loves u

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
  • tyga67

    give ur life 2 God,god is lookin 4 u.Yes U chosen1

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • musicdish

    Smokie Norful fans should also check out Desmond Pringle - more excellent gospel music!

    31 Dec 2008 Reply

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