Personnel: Michael W. Smith (vocals, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards, programming); Kyle Lee (acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming); James Duke, Stuart Garrard (electric guitar); Josh Moore , David Ramirez , Jim Daneker (keyboards, programming); Paul Mabury (drums, percussion); Tammy Jensen, Calvin Nowell, Brittany Batson, Cedric Williams, David Dennis, Nia Allen, David Wise, Debi Selby, Jenna Long, Jemia Ellis, Michelle Schorp, Mark Gutierrez, Chris Kim, Martrell Harris, Ileia Sharae, Eden DeJesus, Ana Hudgins, Josh Lopez, Alex Gomez (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Kyle Lee.
Recording information: The Factory, Franklin, TN.
Photographer: Brandon Chesbro.
Released a week after the pop album A Million Lights, Surrounded finds Michael W. Smith leading a live praise & worship session, one consisting primarily of new material. Smith doesn't shy away from soaring anthems and ballads on Surrounded -- it often feels like the music was designed to fill out arenas -- and much of the album pushes at the edges of an epic: two songs are nearly nine minutes, while three others are over six minutes. If the songs do tend to sprawl, the underlying emotion and faith always remain front and center. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine