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Martin Smith, the former front man for Delirious?, has announced the release date of his first solo album "God's Great Dance Floor, Step 01."
Scheduled for release on April 23, Smith's first full-length solo debut will include 12 songs "born out of a reinvigorated season of living in community with everyday believers," a press release explained.
Smith spent almost 20 years as the vocalist and guitarist for Delirious? before he and his wife decided to get back to worship ministry in Brighton, a coastal town south of London. Martin admitted that adjusting to a normal life after spending years onstage was difficult.
"When you enter a transition period, there's a lot of uncertainty," explained the musician in a statement. "You're letting go of a lot of thing, bit by bit- the microphone, your finances, even some sense of your identity- but as you find yourself more dependent on God, you begin to really experience His kindness. You see Him show up in incredible ways, you see His provision, discover new opportunities and favor. Things you thought were lost start to reappear."
Smith's "God's Great Dance Floor: Step 01" will be followed by "Step 02," expected in October 2013.
Delirious?, also formerly known as The Cutting Edge Band, was comprised of guitarist Stu G, Jon Thatcher on bass guitar, Tim Jupp on keys and piano, and Stew Smith on drums and percussion. Paul Evans filled in drumming duties during their final years.
The English Christian rock and modern worship band were best known for their songs "Rain Down," "Majesty," "Lord You Have My Heart," and "What Friend I've Found," among many others.
"I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" by Delirious? was named a "modern worship classic" and is their most popular song in the U.S. The group officially disbanded in 2009 after a final sold out performance in London.
"Three years on, God has given me some new things to say, and I'm so incredibly grateful," Martin added in the press release about the upcoming album.