Angie Miller Added to Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour

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Popular Christian recording artist, Michael W. Smith, has tapped American Idol 12 alum, Angie Miller to open on his upcoming Christmas tour.

The tour will run for 10 dates beginning Dec. 1 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and finishing up Dec. 15 in Detroit, Mich.

“I have looked up to Michael forever and have been singing his songs in church my whole life,” the top three finalist said in a press release. “I am incredibly honored to be on this tour with him now!”

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Christmas, so I always look forward to touring at Christmas. Having Angie Miller out with us will be a lot of fun. In addition to an incredible voice — she brings an excitement and enthusiasm to the shows that I think will be energizing — Christmas is special. It deserves to be celebrated and that’s what we plan on doing!” Smith said through MergPR.

In Dallas, Angie and Michael will perform with the Meyerson Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony. Check out the date below.

Via The Christian Post

Dec. 1 – Murfreesboro, TN – World Outreach Church*
Dec. 3 – Jacksonville FL – Jacoby Symphony Hall**
Dec. 5 – Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena* (also featuring Third Day)
Dec. 6 – Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Arena* (also featuring Third Day)
Dec. 7 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center* (also featuring Third Day)
Dec. 9 & 10 – Dallas, TX – Meyerson Symphony*** performing with the Dallas Symphony
Dec. 12 – San Antonio, TX – Summit Christian Center**
Dec. 13 – Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre**
Dec. 15 – Detroit, MI – Fisher Music Center***

*date featuring Smith’s band along with string orchestra
**date featuring Smith’s band
***date featuring symphony

 
  • Megailer

    Great to hear!

  • Tia Lakandula

    This is good exposure for Angie. She’s certainly keeping busy. For someone who finished 3rd place on American Idol, she seems to be having more public events than the American Idol winner. I am a loyal #dreamer so this makes me very happy. I just wish there was a show in California :(

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sounds like a good gig for Angie. Are non-winners from this past season allowed to sign with other labels now? Any label prospects for Angie yet?

  • Lori

    Nice gig for Angie. And her first show is in Colton’s home town. I bet if he’s in town, he’ll be there to support her since they seemed to click. Good for her!

  • elliegrll

    Finishing third on American Idol has never meant that someone’s career suddenly came to an end. There are plenty of 3rd and lower placed finishers who have released albums, played random gigs, and went on short and long tours.

    Whether or not Candice has had more performances than Angie is pretty much just perspective instead of fact. If you are a fan of Angie’s you are more likely to pay attention to her appearances more than you would Candice’s.

  • Ronnie D

    I wonder if very many young people will be going to this. It seems more oriented to the adult/senior citizen fans. I thought she wanted to be more Pop Oriented. At least she is working though!

  • Incipit

    Yes, After Freedom Day in August – all the unsigned non-winners were free to seek a Label, if they wanted to. Non- winners signing with labels is a subject on another thread right now – but there are actually a good number of them who have in the past.

    I guess Angela “IS” going the CCM route after all, at least for this Christmas Tour. I would say I hope she can make a little bank with this – but that article about who profits from tours shows it to be hard on the headliner, let alone the opener, to make any money…So, exposure, at least?

  • Shannen

    This is a great tour for Angie to be joining. I went last year to his concert which was so much fun and it was completely sold out. I bet a lot of the families and youth groups that go will probably adore Angie if they haven’t heard of her yet.

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    Candice also had a lot of appearances lately..

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    nvm

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    I guess part of the fear of fans of lower placers is that they think their favorites would disappear from the face of the earth.. at least the winner gets an album out as promised… lower placers still need to thrive

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    i guess it actually depends on the labels that will be interested in her songs.. she can always follow in Amy Grant’s footsteps..

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    this is good to hear!

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    I think Melinda also joined Michael in his tour years ago? was it in 2007? nice gig for Angie to keep her busy

  • wordnerdarchie

    I’ve been to one of Michael W. Smith’s concerts last year. It wasn’t a “family” thing at all. Not saying it doesn’t happen, just not at the one I was at. Audience was mostly older, with a few younger couples scattered throughout the crowd.

  • Tia Lakandula

    Just talking about public performances after the tour ended, Candice sang at a fundraiser in SC, then at the W hotel in LA for Jackieboyz, then she will sing this weekend at a fair in AZ. Angie sang at MA Topsfield fair, then at Aly Raisman’s charity event, then she will next sing at Boston’s ABCD gala, and now this 10-show tour. This information is from both Candice’s and Angie’s twitter accounts. Just my #dreamer perspective? No. Fact? Yes.

  • girlygirl

    This is a nice gig for Angie. Michael W. Smith is one of the more successful Christian artists currently around and his tours draw very well. But it again points to the idea of Angie being better suited for/appealing more to the Christian music market than the mainstream pop market.

  • merkureye

    I’ve followed Angie pretty closely after Idol and I believe this will help convince her that she must not dismiss the CCM market entirely. Exposure at this point is everything. MWS has made a very good living in CCM and it is a very comfortable and uplifting environment to work in.

    There are a lot of very tricky decisions for Angie Miller to make in the near term regarding going to LA to write and perform in the POP music world, trying like heck to get signed, versus going CCM – where I am convinced she could get signed right away. Either way, she has got to get a “band” together and perform. I don’t think her brother’s band wants to be her permanent crew. A band costs money so touring is a must and it must be profitable or that flops. Tough decisions.

    If she doesn’t go CCM, her “lane” in POP must be Sara Bareilles-type presentation. I think that fits her pretty well. Sara doesn’t get into the raunch. I wish Angie the best.

  • elliegrll

    Based on your post, both have appeared at three events so far, so that would disprove your statement that Angie has appeared at more events than Candice. I can think of at least one event for both that isn’t on your list.

    As far as future events, I don’t know how many appearances Candice has lined up, but she will headline an event in Arizona next week,. http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/20131015american-idol-winner-candice-glover-chandler-fall-rhythm-fest-halloween-spooktacular.html, and she will perform on the Soul Train Music Awards,

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    That the Chandler Fall Rhythm Fest is being trotted out as an example of Glover’s busy and successful promo schedule is ludicrous.

    Headlining an obscure community festival in a distant suburb of Phoenix is in no way comparable to opening for an established artist’s tour at large venues. It’s not even comparable to the outlet mall gigs that P2 and Lee DeWyze did elsewhere in the Phoenix area last year, as part of larger swoops around the country to promote themselves. There is no stretch of the imagination by which this gig puts Glover in front of the right audience for her music.

  • elliegrll

    I’m not saying that she is busy. None of the top three from this season are busy. My objection was to the claim that Angie has had more appearances than Candice. Angie appearing at ten concerts with MWS is good, but not exactly cause to throw dirt on Candice.

  • elliegrll

    I think that she should model herself after Amy Grant. She needs to embrace the fact that there is something about her style and persona that leans heavily towards CCM, and take advantage of that. She can release music that straddles the line, but in order to be successful she has to be upfront about the Christian aspects of her music, and not act like the CCM label is a bad thing, or something that is putting her into a box.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Quantity is less important than whether the gigs are contributing to building an audience for the music.

    Putting Miller in front of a cheery CCM-oriented audience potentially does, if she’s thinking CCM (which would really make sense).

    Putting Glover in front of a bunch of suburban retirees in a part of town where R&B is never heard, at an event not sponsored by either of the two local UAC radio stations, in preference to events sponsored by those stations on the very same weekend (guaranteeing her target audience for her musical style will be elsewhere, even if there was ever the possibility they’d trek to Chandler, which there wasn’t) does not build her brand and is pretty close to being a complete waste of time.

    This is a straight-up management issue. Miller’s team, whatever it is, has clues. Glover’s team appears to have no idea what it is she even sings or who her target audience is.

  • merkureye

    I must say that I agree with you. You have stated exactly my thoughts. CCM is her style and persona. She should embrace it. Amy Grant should be her career model for sure. I was thinking Sara Bareilles if Angie is determined to try POP.

  • Miles (Grumpy) (VI)

    Very excited to see this. MWS has been very successful and has a great deal of wisdom and experience that Angie can tap into regardless of where she is headed.

    At the risk of getting “preachy” here CCM is not a default or a fallback career path or market. I think it’s more of a calling and she has to figure that out. So, in that sense, this gig may be a big step in doing that. Either way… Pop or CCM… I love her spirit when she performs.

    These MWS Christmas concerts are beautiful and I’m interested to hear what she will be doing for the show. I hope there is a duet in the works with him which would be extraordinary. It seems to me these concerts have been on PBS or otherwise recorded…. hopefully that is still the case.

    As i have cruised twitter tonight I have counted 17 publications/organizations that have tweeted about Angie opening for MWS ….that can’t be a bad thing.

  • Eileen99

    This is great news for Angie. MWS is a class act and puts on a great Christmas concert that draws really well. I’m sure he’ll have lots of great advice for Angie.

    I’ve been to see him two different years & the audience is a wide age group with lots of families.

  • shell29

    It’s still early. I doubt these will be the only public appearances Candice will have to promote her album. Since the album has been pushed back to February, she should (hopefully) have more appearances leading up to the release date.

  • shell29

    That’s just one appearance though. Candice is also going to be a the Soul Train Music Awards (which will put her in front of her target audience).

  • shell29

    Candice also seemed to have quite a few appearances during the summer tour. I remember her tweeting about having to fly out after the shows sometimes for these appearances (in addition to recording for her album). Candice will probably have more appearances as her album release date draws near.
    As for Angie, this is a great gig for her…hopefully it will lead to more touring opportunities.

  • Guest

    Amy Grant and MWS are CCM with hit songs that crossed over to the pop. Angie should go the CCM and do more poprock//Christian.Maybe her songs could cross over.

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    I don’t think Angie is acting like the CCM label is a bad thing. as of now, she wants to be a mainstream artist.. but who knows what she wants. she’s still young. Maybe this experience will enlighten her. And I agree with what you said, she could be the Amy Grant of this generation, and Ms. Grant has been very successful during her era as a Pop/CCM artist..

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    Candice will have more time to appear publicly since her album will be out in January… that is, if her management tries their best to keep her in the spotlight. The Soul Train awards is a great appearance!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks, Incipit. I remember seeing the link to that article on touring, but have forgotten what thread it’s in. Would you please direct me to the right thread to find it?

  • elliegrll

    The facts of the original post that I referred to were wrong. I didn’t touch on the quality of any of the appearances.

    I didn’t know that it had been established that Angie is going into CCM, but if she is this short tour does target the right demo, just like the Soul Train Awards targets Candice’s. That being said, as expected 19 has no clue about getting Candice the right opportunities that will reach her intended demo. That is not a surprise.

  • b_james

    This is great for Angie, and will open her up even more in the Christian music industry. I saw this tour a few years ago, and it’s fantastic. George Huff and Melinda Doolittle were on it that year.

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    thanks for the info Incipit. do you have a link about that article? i’d like to read it. and yes I think this is just purely exposure that Angie’s mgt wants to have from this tour.. and this is gearing her towards a CCM market. but her mainstream appeal might help her crossover and become the next Amy Grant

  • Incipit

    The link is in the Numbers Thread from yesterday – ‘Idol Sales News’ – ptebwwong’s post, 17 hrs ago – the article is from Music Row – ” about touring & who profits from a concert ticket. This focuses on country artists, but can be applied to other genres. There is a chart breakdown of who profits from an $80 concert ticket.”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks so much!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s pretty sobering that new artists can make so little from ticket sales, and even established, big stars only earn a net 20% from an $80 ticket. I thought that they would get at least 50% of the gate.

  • Incipit

    I know, right? Reading that may lead me to do a little further research. I know it’s about new artists, and the Country genre, but various sources have shown the Label makes all the Big Bank from the album, and they say the artist makes the money from touring, but then you read something like that, and wonder if the artists are really surviving on the merch – and how many tee shirts can a fan buy?

    The numbers we are all so fond of keeping – what do they actually mean to the artists, I wonder?

    SMH. I think the label/radio game is rigged, and not in their favor. JMO.

  • Craigin

    Jordin Sparks was a background vocalist for MWS’ Christmas tour before she was on AI and both Melinda and Mandisa have toured with him (Mandisa even recorded a #1 CAC duet with him for his their holiday albums called “Christmas Day”) This is a great tour for exposure if you’re trying to break into the CCM industry and even has a small reach into the mainstream (especially AC audiences) as Christian holiday events are popular among non-christians as well due to their holiday theme. MWS’ Christmas concerts always sell out (unlike his regular music tours) and its considered a do not miss holiday event for many Christian Music or lite-AC fans. Part of me hopes that this tour convinces her to go the CCM route but honestly, I’d rather not have artists who’d rather be in mainstream use CCM fans as stepping stones to “bigger and better things”. Its a bit offensive. If Angie wants to be in CCM, then she is welcome to be in CCM. If her music reaches outside the genre, then that’s awesome but don’t use CCM as a means to an end.

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    “I’d rather not have artists who’d rather be in mainstream use CCM fans as stepping stones to “bigger and better things”. Its a bit offensive.” — I don’t quite get this. how is it offensive?

  • Miles (Grumpy) (VI)

    I not trying to really speak for the previous post but I think “offensive” may have been a poor choice of words. Certainly, as a CCM consumer, it would be disappointing if an artist chose CCM as a fallback or default market or a means to an end. CCM is about a lifestyle and pretenders are identified in a hurry. Perhaps this is partially why YSMF didn’t get more play on CCM stations. It’s a beautiful song.

    I don’t think this is a problem for Angie. She has stated clearly where her heart is. With both parents being in the ministry I have no doubt she understands there is no riding the fence on this one. Certainly CCM songs can cross over but rarely does it go the other direction. At least not many come to mind. I’m sure someone will correct me.

    She gives me all the vibes of a CCM artist but i’ll support her whichever way she goes. You have hit the nail on the head previously when you refer to her youth. I think she is still finding her way on this.

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    she has expressed her desire to be a mainstream artist.. but i think she is also trying to discover herself . I personally want her to do mainstream. she is beautiful, funny, indulgent, very “current” — very mainstream. But i will understand if she were to change her decisions and go CCM. but I’m scared people in CCM might label her too mainstream for CCM.. as i think mainstream is already saying she’s to CCM for mainstream.. which, i think, is what is hindering her right now in trying to find record labels..

  • Craigin

    Maybe “offensive” is the wrong word choice… I just think that having CCM as a “back-up plan” career choice would not sit well with a CCM audience (I know it wouldn’t with me) Nobody wants to be chosen as a back up plan- and as you stated, CCM is more than a career choice genre- its a lifestyle and ministry genre. CCM has been very kind to AI alum in the past (of course you have Mandisa, Colton Chris Sligh, etc.) including mainstream artists who claim to be Christians (Daughtry’s Home, Kris Allen’s Live Like You’re Dying, Jordin’s One Step at a Time, Carries’ Jesus Take the Wheel and So Small to name a few all were decent size hits on Christian radio) but the latter is only when an artist has a huge hit who’s lyrics fit CCM. Some have used CCM as a backup plan of sorts (Jason Castro, Phil Stacy) and have faced some resistance from radio programmers and CCM buyers. If Angie decided to do CCM, she would need to explain why she has changed her mind… and people would have to believer her ;)
    I think Miles said it way better than me so defer to that post :)

  • Dan

    Angie will definitely help make this tour a a success. Michael W. Smith said, “Having Angie Miller out with us will be a lot of fun. In addition to an incredible voice – she brings an excitement and enthusiasm to the shows that I think will be energizing.” Angie’s popularity, as well as her young and bubbly vibe should draw some younger concert attendees to balance out MWS’s normally middle age crowd. It should be a great show for all.

  • Miles (Grumpy) (VI)

    If she decides to go CCM. both feet in, folks will have no problem discerning her commitment and she will be widely accepted and hugely popular.

    I think there is a market for her either way…she just needs a break.

  • Dan

    Angie has an amazing ability to captivate an audience. Her appearance at the Topsfield Fair earlier this month showed that she really knew how to put a solo concert together. Her duets with her special guest, Devin Velez showcased her ability to compliment and play off another person’s great vocals as well. Her energy, as well as her knack for drawing in and engaging the concert-goers shows that she is indeed ready to become a star in her own right. By appearing with Michael W. Smith, she will gain added exposure and experience that is so important at this stage of her career… Go Angie!

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    “If Angie decided to do CCM, she would need to explain why she has changed her mind… and people would have to believer her ;)” if that’s what CCM fans think then it will be better for Angie NOT to go there. i think I feel like CCM fans are a bit over the top albeit not all. Say for example, when Angie said she’s going mainstream, the backlash she received on twitter from her CCM fans were kind of strange, funny, and full of wtf statements.. so I’d rather have Angie not take anything back. just my opinion.

  • Craigin

    Agreed.