Christian Biographies

SMOKIE NORFUL BIOGRAPHY, MINISTRY, NET WORTH, & LESSONS FROM HIS LIFE

SMOKIE NORFUL BIOGRAPHY, MINISTRY, NET WORTH, & LESSONS FROM HIS LIFE

SMOKIE NORFUL BIOGRAPHY, MINISTRY, NET WORTH, & LESSONS FROM HIS LIFE

SMOKIE NORFUL BIOGRAPHY

Rev. W.R. Smokie Norful Jr. is an American gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist popularly known for his 2002 album “I Need You Now” and also for his 2004 release titled “Nothing Without You” which won him a Grammy Award at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards for the Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. He received his second Grammy award in 2015 at the 57th Grammy Awards for his song “No Greater Love”.

EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND

Smokie Norful was born on the 31st of October, 1975. He spent his early life in Muskogee and Tusla, Oklahoma. After moving to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he attended Jack Robey Junior High and Pine Bluff High School.

He was a history teacher for seven years at Jack Robey Junior High School, Pine Bluff High School (Pine Bluff, Ark), and Evanston Township High School (Evanston, III) individually. He also served as the educational director for the Pine Bluff Housing Authority’s after-school program for two years.

Smokie was ordained as an elder and has been a licensed preacher since 1997. He served as a youth pastor, minister of music, and associate minister of St. John AME church in Pine Bluff, under the guidance of Rev. W.R. Norful Sr. and Teresa Norful before moving to Chicago. He has also been a worship leader for the connectional youth dept. of the AME church.

He has also been an educator and workshop conductor for the Christian Education department of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., and he is a known speaker for organizations, ministries, and so on.

He launched Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, III on September 20, 2005. Ever since he has experienced tremendous growth in the community. He launched a second campus on the south side of Chicago on September 28, 2008.

Smokie Norful is known worldwide as a songwriter, singer, and recording artist. He won the 2005 Grammy Award for Contemporary Soul Gospel Awards, three stellar awards; four Dove awards; three Gospel Music Excellence Awards; an NAACP Image Award nomination; a Soul Train Award nomination; two nominations for the BET award for gospel music, and so on.

MARITAL AND RELATIONSHIP STATUS

He is married to Carla – a former school teacher and social worker. They own and operate many businesses in real estate, entertainment, and publishing. And he always creates time for his family despite the demanding work he does.

SONGS BY HIM

Album

  • I Need You Now
  • Nothing Without You
  • Life Changing
  • Smokie Norful Live
  • How I Got Over… Songs That Carried Us
  • Once In A Lifetime
  • Forever Yours

NET WORTH

He is estimated to be around $3 million as of this post.

LESSONS FROM HIS LIFE

He has shown that life of service yields great reward. For everyone that wants to lead, you must be willing to serve with all your heart because leadership is service. Shalom!

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