Michael W. Smith + Amy Grant

Michael W. Smith + Amy Grant

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are reuniting to co-bill their popular Christmas tour this upcoming holiday season, where they will be joined by special guest Marc Martel. Incorporating a full symphony orchestra at each performance, this musical mastery is being presented by Balsam Hill®. Kicking off November 30 in Cincinnati, OH the seven-city tour travels to Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Grand Rapids, MI and will stop in Des Moines, IA at Wells Fargo Arena December 8.

The highly anticipated show will feature selections spanning the artists’ expansive Christmas repertoires and combine the vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums between them. The dynamic duo last brought their Christmas tour on the road in 2017 to the delight of fans in sold-out shows throughout North America.

“Michael is one is the most gifted musicians I know. His welcoming, easygoing personality makes me look forward to every chance I have to share the stage with him…. especially at Christmas,” Grant says.

Smith states, “It’s no secret how much I love Christmas and playing Christmas music. I’m so looking forward to being back out with Amy for the first half of the season – and when she returns home for her Christmas residency at the Ryman – I look forward to carrying on for nine more shows with my band and the amazing Marc Martel!”

Grant and Smith both agreed, “We are so happy to have Balsam Hill as our Tour Sponsor again. A Christmas Tour sponsored by the manufacturer of the most beautiful Christmas trees and Christmas decorations; it just doesn’t get any better than that! Both of our homes are decorated with Balsam Hill products.”

“It all comes full circle! Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith – two class acts, whose music has been a big part of my own musical upbringing – have invited me to join them on their 2019 Christmas tour. As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to Christmas shows, this one is the standard. So excited to share the stage with Smitty and Amy, and see you all somewhere on the road this holiday season,” Martel adds.

Venue: Iowa Events Center - Wells Fargo Arena
Wells Fargo Arena, which is owned by Polk County and professionally managed by Spectra, is a 17,000 seat arena that opened July 12, 2005. The arena is part of the Iowa Events Center complex, which also includes Hy-Vee Hall and the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Each year Wells Fargo Arena hosts the Hy-Vee Classic, which is a showcase of all four NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball programs in the State of Iowa (Drake University, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa) as well as the Iowa High School State Wrestling and Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments. Three professional sports teams also call the arena home, including the NBA G-League’s Iowa Wolves, the AHL’s Iowa Wild and the IFL’s Iowa Barnstormers. In addition to sporting events, Wells Fargo Arena hosts world-class entertainers and is consistently ranked as a top 100 venue worldwide in terms of concert attendance. Recent artists who have played Wells Fargo Arena include Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Fall Out Boy, Justin Bieber, the Eagles, and Jason Aldean. The arena also hosts family shows, including Disney On Ice, Monster Jam, the Harlem Globetrotters and others.
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