Smokie Norful, born as Willie Ray Norful, Jr., is a pianist and gospel artist. He spent his early life in Tulsa and Muskogee, Arkansas and later relocated to Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He is an internationally renowned musician, composer, and recording artist. In addition to his musical career, he currently serves as pastor of the Victory Cathedral Worship Center, located in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
Awards and Accomplishments
- 2005 Grammy Award for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year (Nothing Without You)
- three Stellar Awards
- four Dove Awards
- three Gospel Music Excellence Awards
- two RIAA certified Gold selling compact discs
- Notable performances and countless other awards
Influential Musical Styles
Smokie Norful is known for his extensive use of piano in his music as the primary instrument. When asked by NPR about what and who influences his music, he responded that you can hear the influence of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, musical greats such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and even Tremaine Hawkins.
Classic Smokie Norful Songs
I Need You Now
God Is Able
Still Say Thank You