Iconic multi-platinum, singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith's classic worship ballad "Breathe" is available for FREE for a limited time. You can now get your copy of mp3, chord chart and sheet music of the song by clicking HERE. Smith first recorded the song in 2001 for his #1 best selling album Worship. However, Smith has recently re-recorded the song for his latest release Worship Forever.
"Breathe" was written by Marie Barnett. Barnett is the wife of well-known pastor and songwriter John Barnett. Though she does not carry a more official role of "songwriter" as her husband does, she and her husband sung to John Wimber's song Isn't He. Transfixed on Jesus, she heard these words in her head: "this is the air I breathe, this is my daily bread" and started singing them and committed it to paper. Thus, the origins of her hit song Breathe occurred.
She penned the lyrics in 1995, appearing on Vineyard Worship's worship album Touching the Father's Heart No. 25, where it found a wider audience. It started appearing in radio and church worship and would later be named ASCAP's most recorded song of the year in 2002, recorded by major artists such as Michael W. Smith and Rebecca St. James. Barnett later recorded her own version in 2002 under the album The Air I Breathe.