Smokie Norful is the son of an African Methodist Episcopal minister, Norful spent his first 14 years in Muskogee, OK, where he absorbed music ranging from sacred gospel to the secular soul that was popular at the time, and both strains would serve him well when he began his professional singing career. 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.
Smokie Norful catapulted on top of the gospel music scene over a decade ago, since then the 2–time Grammy® award-winning recording artist has accomplished one feat after another. The world-renowned vocalist, Pastor, educator and visionary now brings his music and ministry efforts towards global humanitarianism. As an internationally known musician, composer, and singer, Norful’s 2002 debut release I NEED YOU NOW propelled him to worldwide recognition.