Smokie Norful Biography
Smokie Norful was born on October 31, 1975. He 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 at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 2004.
With his soulful tenor vocals and an unerring ability to fuse contemporary gospel with hip hop sensibilities, Norful is one of the brightest lights on the current gospel scene. The son of an African Methodist Episcopal minister, Norful spent his first 14 years in Muskogee, where he absorbed music ranging from sacred gospel to the secular soul that was popular at the time.
Smokie Norful Age
The American gospel musician Smokie was born on October 31, 1975. He is currently 43 years old as of 2019.
Smokie Norful Net Worth
Smokie has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of 2019 which he earned from his career.
Smokie Norful Height and Weight
Smokie’s height and weight is unknown. Norful stands with average height and bit heavyweight. At his early fifties, he still possesses youthful looks.
Smokie Norful Education
He he attended Jack Robey Junior High and Pine Bluff High School. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a bachelor’s degree in history. He also received formal training in ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill, where he studied to achieve a Master of Divinity.
Smokie Norful Wife|Children
Norful, has cultivated a strong relationship with his wife Carla, They have been blessed with three children two sons and one daughter. Smokie and his wife spend time nurturing his two sons, Tré and Ashton, and empowering his daughter, Ashley.
Smokie Norful Career
He spent his first 14 years in Muskogee, where he absorbed music ranging from sacred gospel to the secular soul that was popular at the time. By the age of two he was picking out melodies on piano, by four he was actively playing and singing in his father’s church, and by ten he was a featured artist on a custom album assembled by a regional music director.
He formerly served on the board of Regents for Trinity International University.He was ordained an elder and has been a licensed preacher since 1997. Rev. Norful served as youth pastor, minister of music, and associate minister of St. John AME church. In addition, he has served as an educator and workshop conductor for the Christian Education department of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., and has been a well-sought clinician and keynote speaker for many organizations, ministries, and civic groups. He was recently inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, along with many other notable people.
Currently he serves as pastor of the Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, Ill. On September 20, 2005, Pastor Smokie officially launched Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, Ill.
Since its launch, Pastor Norful and the Victory family have experienced an extraordinary and unprecedented growth in the community. In addition, on September 28, 2008, Pastor Norful launched a second campus on the south side of Chicago. Since its launch, they have witnessed a similar dynamic growth and a phenomenal move of God.
Smokie Norful Albums
- I Need You Now (Chordant Music Group, 2002)
- I Need You Now: Limited Edition (EMI, 2003) (4 new tracks plus 4 new versions)
- Nothing Without You (EMI Gospel, 2004)
- Nothing Without You Special Edition CD+DVD (EMI, 2005)
- Life Changing (EMI Gospel, 2006)
- Smokie Norful Live (Tre’Myles Music/EMI, 2009)
- How I Got Over…Songs That Carried Us (Tre’Myles Music/EMI, 2011)
- Once in a Lifetime (Tre’Myles Music/EMI, 2012)
- Forever Yours (Tre’Myles Music 2014)
Smokie Norful Songs
- I Need You Now
- No Greater Love
- God Is Able
- I Understand
- Dear God
- Nothing Without You
- Once in a Lifetime
- I Will Bless the Lord
- Run til I Finish
- Um Good
- In The Middle
- In Time
- Don’t Quit
- Where Would I Be?
- All About You