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Smokie Norful's College Years:
After finishing college, he spent the next four years as a high school history teacher.
In 1998, Norful's life and career path took another turn as he felt like he was being called into ministry. He moved to Chicago in order to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary.
Smokie Norful's Big Break:
People from EMI Gospel heard Smokie on Real and quickly signed him in 2002, also signing him with EMI-CMG Publishing as a songwriter under his own Norful Music Publishing company.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Smokie Norful Trivia:
- Smokie Norful played the host in T.D. Jakes' Follow the Star
- Norful is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
- He is married to wife Carla and has two sons, Tre and Ashton, as well as an adopted daughter named Ashley
- His hit song "I Need You Now" was written after Carla was told that she might have cancer and wouldn't be able to have children
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Smokie Norful Discography:
- Once In A Lifetime , 2012 (Purchase/Download)
- How I Got Over, 2011 (Compare Prices)
- Live, 2009 (Compare Prices)
- Life Changing, 2006 (Compare Prices)
- Nothing Without You, 2004 (certified Gold 04/03/2007) (Compare Prices)
- Smokie Norful Limited Edition, 2003 (Compare Prices)
- I Need You Now, 2002 (certified Gold 04/22/2004) (Compare Prices)
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Smokie Norful Honors:
- Smokie Norful Gets a Dove Awards Nomination for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
- Smokie was named Billboard Magazine's #1 Gospel Artist of 2003 and also won Stellar Awards for both Best Male Vocalist and Best New Artist in 2003.
- Nothing Without You won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album as well as a Dove for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year in 2004.