Iconic singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith has released an Italian version of his hit single “Waymaker” featuring his longtime background vocalist Vanessa Campagna.
At a time when it feels like the world needs hope and music the most, Smith felt releasing “Waymaker” in Italian would help spread the song’s message of trusting God to be the light in the darkness.
Smith says, “After seeing the turmoil in the world and especially the devastation in Italy, we wanted to record this version of ‘Waymaker.’ It is such a special song that moves people and brings them to a very special place, but most importantly it brings them hope.”
Campagna, who is of Italian descent and has relatives currently in Italy, was inspired to do something while witnessing the pandemic going on in the world.
“When I saw the video of everyone singing from their balconies in Italy, I was moved to tears. It was the most heart-warming thing I have seen in a long time. I have a lot of family over there, so that hit close to home with me. I thought, what better way to send a message of hope, than the words and music to ‘Waymaker’ in their language. I love you, Italy! Keep the faith, stay strong and keep singing,” says Campagna.
The single has resonated strongly with fans and radio alike and is currently rising on the charts. “Waymaker” has been climbing the top 10 on both Billboard’s Christian Airplay and Hot Christian Songs charts. Smith and Campagna also sang “Waymaker” during Smith’s “Worship Around The World,” which he led through social media to over 1.5 million views on Sunday March 22, 2020 to help bring the world comfort during this time of uncertainty.
“Waymaker” is featured on Smith’s album AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience, which was recorded live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Listen to the Italian version of “Waymaker” feat. Vanessa Campagna below: