Welcome to the Official website of Lisa Smith ~ Hands of Praise!
Lisa Smith is a young lady with Down syndrome who has taken the gift of signing and added to it her unashamed faith, which in turn has allowed her to express herself in absolute freedom and adoration for the Lord when signing her interpretation of a song.
Lisa who lives in North Texas with her parents, has always expressed an interest in singing; however, Lisa’s mother tells that Lisa was not blessed with a voice for publicly singing. But that did not stop Lisa in giving up a dream to sing for God. Her determination led her to meeting with the local high school sign language teacher. After just an hour and a half lesson, Lisa showed how awesome our God is to grant the desire of a heart devoted to sing for Him. Lisa began sharing her artistic gift of signing with her home church, Denton Bible Church, in 2000. Word of Lisa’s unique gift began to spread across the Dallas area. Soon Lisa was accepting invitations from churches and organizations hosting special events, both in and out of Texas.
Lisa has had the honor of accompanying Christian song artists Sandi Patty, Kathy Troccoli, Avalon, Sheila Walsh, Larnelle Harris, BeBe Winans, the 2005 - 2007 Women of Faith Worship Teams, Mark Harris and Mark Lowrey. Sandi Patty was the first to introduce Lisa at the Women of Faith National Conference in February of 2005. Lisa has joined Sandi in song at some of her concerts, on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, on the Bill Gaither Homecoming in Dallas and on the Dr. Phil Show.
During 2005-07, Lisa appeared at 27 conferences across the United States with the faith–based women’s organization, Women of Faith. The Women of Faith platform provided an opportunity for Lisa to perform with various artists, encouraging and inspiring those in the audience both with and without disabilities. Appearing in front of thousands of women did not shy Lisa away from sharing her passion or the contagious joy that fills her heart. At the same time, Lisa’s mother, who travels with Lisa, had the privilege to share and encourage mothers of children with Down syndrome, offering hope and challenging them to look for the gift within their special needs child.