Michael Baker is joking when he calls himself "the last of the dinosaurs," but Whitney Houston's longtime drummer is definitely attuned to the traditions of an earlier time.

Michael W. Smith may be the brightest star in contemporary Christian music. But despite having collected a truckload of Gold Record, Platinum Record, GRAMMY, and Dove awards during his 17-year career, Smith shows no signs of complacency. His 13th album, This is Your Time, finds the singer/composer exploring new musical territory and his next release promises even bolder departures: It's an all-instrumental collection highlighting Smith's cinematic-sounding compositions. We recently spoke to Smith about the secular side of his songwriting process.

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