Pastor Smokie Norful
Smokie Norful is an award-winning recording artist, world renowned Pastor, educator and visionary who has reached the heights of success in both music and ministry. A career that has spanned over a decade, Norful now brings his music and ministry efforts towards global humanitarianism.
As an internationally known musician, music composer, and singer. Norful’s 2002 debut release I Need You Now, catapulted him to worldwide recognition. Since that time he has found commercial success with three Number 1 Billboard Albums (I Need You Now, Nothing Without You, Smokie Norful Live) and over 2 million albums sold worldwide. Norful is a multiple RIAA certified gold-selling artist and has been named “Gospel Artist of the Year” in 2003 and 2004. He has earned several Stellar, Dove, Soul Train, NAACP Image and Grammy Award Nominations. Norful received the Grammy Award in 2005 for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year for his chart topping CD Nothing Without You.
Norful has also contributed to five platinum selling compilations and has written songs for several major Gospel recording artist. His notable performances include appearances on The Trumpet Awards, Save Africa’s Children Event in Soweto, the BET Awards, the Stellar Awards, Soul Train, hosting and performing on the Dove Awards, the Parade of Stars, the Essence Music Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and numerous other festivals, events, concert halls, and tours. He has starred on the Hopeville Tour along Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin and will headline the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration tour this summer.
Norful is an educator at heart. Having received his degree in history from the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Norful went on to teach for several years. He attended both Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (in Evanston, IL) and Trinity International Seminary (in Deerfield, IL) where he received a Master’s of Divinity and currently serves on the board of Regents for Trinity International University.
Norful officially launched his church Victory Cathedral Worship in Bolingbrook, IL on September 20, 2005 where he serves as Senior Pastor. Since its launch, Norful and The Victory Cathedral Church Family have experienced an extraordinary and unprecedented growth in this community. He launched a second campus on the south side of Chicago in September 2008. The ministry has been focused on reaching the community by encouraging it’s members to live a life to be remembered through volunteerism, charity and philanthropy via their Give Yourself Away initiative.