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Article excerpt:  It has been an incredible journey, a life of worship and praise. What few know is that the journey has been taken while Smallwood staged a private battle: that he is a man who has fought depression and thoughts of suicide. Who has had entire years when he could not write a lyric. Who has found himself asking God: “Where is the healing in my life?”

Ironically, he credits his pain for helping him to write some of the very songs that inspire around the globe.

“Songs of pain last,” Smallwood says. “They make a difference. My prayer has always been, ‘Give me songs that last.’ I want my songs to last after I’m gone.”

See the full story here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-richard-smallwood-you-know-4-doves-10-stellars-8-grammy-noms/2015/07/22/553d5cfc-0a28-11e5-9e39-0db921c47b93_story.html