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|Fill My Cup Lord||Fill My Cup Lord|| |
|Going Up Yonder||Going Up Yonder|| |
|I"ll Fly Away||I,LL Fly Away|| |
|Higher Ground||The Early Years|| |
|Where Could I Go [Instrumental]||Where Could I Go [Instrumental]|| |
|His Eyes are on the Sparrow||His Eye Is on The Sparrow|| |
|This Little Light Of Mine||This Little Light Of Mine/Piano Instrumental|| |
|He Washed My Eyes With Tears/The Chorus||He Washed My Eyes With Tears/The Chorus|| |
|Its My Party||Its My Party|| |
|Losing My Mind||Losing My Mind|| |
“I’m in a new place and I want to proclaim some things to my listeners and one of them is that they are overcomers,” says Mandisa. ”Whether or not you feel it, it’s a fact. It’s what God says in His word. In John 16:33 Jesus said that He overcame the world. By
His Holy Spirit, Jesus lives inside of all who have asked Him to be their Lord and Savior.
Because His spirit lives inside of you, 1 John 5:4-5 says that you are born of God and overcome the world by faith. That is what makes you an overcomer.”
Overcomer brings a lump to Mandisa’s throat as she speaks of her friend Kisha fighting breast cancer during her recent pregnancy and surviving. It reminds her of Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, whose journey encouraged Mandisa in hers. Mandisa herself is an overcomer. It’s only natural that she sings about the experience. Since finishing in the top ten of American Idol’s fifth season, Mandisa has forged a successful recording career and has lost over 100 lbs, inspiring women everywhere to strive for a healthy lifestyle and to reach for their dreams.
Penned by Ben Glover, Chris Stevens, and David Garcia the album’s title track –
“Overcomer” – anchors Mandisa’s fourth studio album, a stunning collection of songs that celebrate God’s faithfulness and enthusiastically share the perpetual love and awe
Mandisa feels for her Heavenly Father. “I came in really knowing exactly what I wanted to say,” she states. “The difference with this album is just where I am with the Lord. I’ve never been better. I feel like I’m definitely walking in a new level of freedom, deliverance and intimacy with the Lord. I’m walking with more authority and because all of my albums reflect what He’s doing in my life, that is reflected in this album.”
Mandisa’s newfound confidence in her relationship with God manifested itself in her songwriting, and she penned seven of the 12 songs on the Overcomer iTunes Deluxe album. “I feel like I’m in a new place,” she says. “There are several songs that are just about rejoicing and worshipping the Lord just for who He is, not asking Him for things. A lot of my songs in the past were like ‘Lord help me. I need you. I can’t do this without you’ and a lot of the songs on this album are like ‘God you’re great! I trust you. I believe you. I’m walking out my faith just because you’re good’ so I have three songs that are just purely worship songs, all about just wanting to love the Lord because of how He loves me---‘Back To You,’ ‘At All Times’ and ‘Joy Unspeakable.’ Those songs are purely worship just because of who He is.”
Overcomer is the latest in a string of impressive albums from the native Californian. A graduate of Nashville’s Fisk University, she performed as part of the legendary Fisk
Jubilee Singers, but gained national acclaim when she placed ninth on the fifth season of American Idol. She signed a deal with Sparrow Records and released her debut, True
Beauty in 2007, which earned her the first of three GRAMMY® nominations. She followed with a stellar sophomore effort, 2009’s Freedom. This year The Hollywood
Reporter listed Mandisa in the Top 5 of Idol finalists with the most Billboard No. 1s.
In 2011, Mandisa released What If We Were Real, an engaging collection of tunes that included the effervescent “Good Morning,” which she performed with tobyMac on Good Morning America. This third studio album saw a breakthrough in Mandisa’s career, leading her to unprecedented record sales, radio spins and tour audiences. What If We Were Real also produced the hit single “Stronger,” which topped the charts for five weeks and was the song Mandisa sang on Good Morning America the day Robin Roberts returned to the show after being on medical leave.
With a strong, supple voice that is equally commanding on an up tempo anthem or a tender ballad, Mandisa has earned a devoted legion of fans who appreciate not only her vocal gift but the heart that fuels her ministry.
On Overcomer, Mandisa again serves up a musically inventive, lyrically potent collection of songs that are all drawn from a deep emotional well. “Press On” is among the most personal tunes. “I’m proclaiming I’m going to press on no matter what comes my way,” she says with a smile. “For me, in that song specifically I’m speaking about my weight loss journey. I’ve come a long way. I’ve lost over 100 lbs. but I still have some work to do. I’m going to press on through this. I’m going to make it and I’m going to get to the finish line. I love ‘Press On’ because it’s a great work out song. On the remix version, which will be on the deluxe edition on iTunes®, I formatted that to be perfect for my runners, the people who jog and run. We put the beat to it and we looped certain phrases over and over again that will inspire them in their run. That’s the song that I put on when I’m on my treadmill to help me keep putting one foot in front of the other.”
The funky, upbeat “Face to Face” is another powerful moment on Mandisa’s new album. “I like to refer to that song as ‘Only The World part II,’” she says referencing her previous hit, “because ‘Only The World’ is all about heaven and so is ‘Face To Face.’ It’s all about the fact that one day we’ll see Jesus face to face. I dedicate that song to my grandma who went to be with the Lord in January. I imagine her worshipping God face to face and I cannot wait to be up there with her worshipping Him together. For now, I know that God has called me to be here, so that song is just proclaiming that we’re all going to see Him face to face if we have asked Him to be our Lord and Savior. It’s going to be so great. I want the body of Christ to know that it’s real and it’s something to look forward to so that’s why ‘Face To Face’ is a real special song to me.”
Produced primarily by Chris Stevens and David Garcia, Overcomer is a vibrant album that finds Mandisa collaborating with some of her beloved peers. “‘At All Times’ is a worship song that I wrote with Israel Houghton and he’s one of my favorite worship leaders. The fact that I got to write that with him was such an honor and such a joy,”
Mandisa says of the track, which was co-produced by her keyboard player Ronald Rawls and Chuck Butler. ”’At All Times’ is a congregational worship song because it’s a call and response; I sing a part and the choir sings in response. Everybody in the choir was part of my band or from my church. I love that I got to worship with them. That song is really important to me because I’ve learned the importance of worship.”
Mandisa wrote “The Distance” with Stevens and Matthew West. “I wrote on Facebook on Sept. 26th that when I sin I just feel so far away from the Lord. I don’t want to pray. I just feel so ashamed and I pull away from Him,” she says. “When I sin, I just feel so distant from the Lord and it’s not that he’s pulling away from me, it’s my sin that causes me to pull away from Him. I told that to Matthew when we got together to write and his heart just linked up with that so we wrote it together with one of my producers, Chris Stevens. It’s an important lesson for the body of Christ to remember that God is never drawing away from us. We are covered in His blood. He is always pursuing us, even in our sin.”
Each song on the album is intensely personal to Mandisa. “Praying for You” is a song she co-wrote with Chris August that is directed to her future husband. “It’s a song proclaiming, ‘I know you’re out there. I’m praying for you and in the meantime, I’m trying to honor you by living purely,” she shares. “Dear John” is a song she co-wrote with Plumb and Sam Tinnesz that is directed to someone very close to her, her brother. “If I were to write a letter to John about my desire for him to live the abundant life that Jesus died for him to have, and then put that letter to music, the result would be ‘Dear John’.”
Talented and transparent, loving and bold, Mandisa is the kind of person everyone wants in their life and her music has taken root in the hearts of people around the world. As she shares this new collection of songs, she’s grateful for the platform God has given her and aware of the responsibility it brings. “What I have learned after so many albums is to just keep seeking the Lord and keep letting Him mold me into who He wants me to be,” Mandisa says. “I’m going to keep seeking Him because if my music is just entertaining and not inspiring, giving hope, convicting and speaking life, then that’s just not good enough for me. I need it to do all of those things and the only way that can happen is by the Holy Spirit. That’s why my relationship with Him is more than important than anything. Any time my public exuberance for the Lord outweighs my private devotion to the Lord, I’ll know that I’ve gone in the wrong direction. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to always tend to my relationship with Jesus.”
It’s that attitude that has made Mandisa an overcomer and she revels in the opportunity to remind others that they are overcomers too.
TobyMac is one of the first and best-known Christian rappers. He was first known for being a member of the Christian vocal trio DC Talk, staying with them from 1987 until their announced hiatus in 2000. He has since continued a successful solo career with the release of five studio albums: Momentum, Welcome to Diverse City, Portable Sounds, Tonight, Eye on It, as well as two remixed albums of the first two albums titled Re:Mix Momentum and Renovating Diverse City respectively, and one remix album for albums number three and four titled Dubbed and Freq'd: A Remix Project. He also has a full-length Christmas album Christmas in Diverse City. TobyMac became only the third Christian artist to have a No. 1 debut on Billboard's Top 200 chart with Eye on It.
Between DC Talk and his own solo career, he has sold more than 10 million albums. TobyMac has had six No. 1 hit CHR singles including "Gone", "Made to Love" and "Lose My Soul."
Since its launch in 2003 the band has garnered 14 GMA Dove Awards, three GRAMMY Awards and an American Music Award. In addition, the band has seen three RIAA Platinum Albums (Casting Crowns, Lifesong, Altar and The Door), two RIAA Platinum DVDs (Live From Atlanta and Lifesong Live), two RIAA Gold Albums (Until the Whole World Hears, Peace on Earth) and two Gold DVDs (Altar and The Door Live and Until The Whole World Hears Live). Casting Crowns has sold more than 8.2 million albums to date (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and has been named Billboard magazine’s top-selling Christian act for the past four years.
The band recently celebrated its first RIAA certified Gold single, “Who Am I,” from its 2003 self-titled debut. The song, selling more than 500,000 copies, is one of only 12 Christian tracks ever to secure Gold status.
Casting Crowns has always worked its tour schedule around church responsibilities and has still managed to touch audiences around the world with its live performances. It’s 2009-2011 “Until The Whole World Hears” world tour placed the band in front nearly 1 million fans in more than 175 cities around the world including performances for U. S. troops in Kuwait and Qatar. The band also performed twice in North Korea in partnership with Global Resource Services.
History followed in 2005, and West supported the album's release with the first headlining tour of his career. Excessive use of his voice led to severe medical problems, though, forcing West to undergo throat surgery in 2007 to remove multiple polyps. Following a period of vocal rest, he returned in 2008 with Something to Say. The album's lead single, "You Are Everything," became the most-played song on Christian radio in 2008, and West -- now fully healed and singing comfortably -- quickly returned to the studio to record 2010's The Story of Your Life, which also charted well. A holiday album, The Heart of Christmas, arrived in 2011, and was followed by another studio record, Into the Light, in 2012.
After all, how many groups boast a discography with 16 albums and five gold records? And since the arrival of dc talk alum Michael Tait as lead singer, things have only gotten better: 2010’s "Born Again" spawned three No. 1 radio hits, and 2012's "God’s Not Dead" sold more than 300,000 copies. So yes, fans keep choosing the Newsboys—which makes Restart all the more remarkable, because it dares to put so much of that loyalty to the test.
With all the fervor of rookies seeking their first record deal, Tait and his bandmates—Jody Davis (guitars), Duncan Phillips (drums), and Jeff Frankenstein (keyboards)—combed through reams and reams of demos and song ideas. Their goal? To compile a stellar collection of tracks into an album like no other … not just in the band's history, but in Christian music history itself as well.
In fact, you could sum up the song selection process this way: Many tunes were called, and very few were chosen.
"At the start of this record two years ago, we knew we'd be taking great risks," Tait says. "But people will be excited about this album because we've pushed the music and taken it further than we've ever taken it before—we’ve gone through more songs than ever."
The search, in this case, boiled down to what Tait calls "world-class songs." (Remember, this comes from a guy who sang on quite a few worldwide hits in his dc talk days.) "If you have one or two of those, they'll be there when the Newsboys are dead and gone."
No one's tallied all the numbers just yet, but at least 50 compositions were considered for Restart, putting a team of about a dozen producers and seven mix engineers to the test. Songs were recorded, and recorded again; listening sessions at the Sparrow/Capitol CMG offices turned into regular Tuesday afternoon affairs where Tait and his teammates poured over prospective album tracks as the coffee flowed freely. Imagine the musical equivalent of four-star chefs concocting a tantalizing, secret sauce. "I've never been through such a distilling process," says Tait.
While that might sound extreme, you’d be hard pressed to find another record that so successfully embraces tight pop, modern rock, and worship music, and does it all with such focus. Restart sparkles with intensity, passion, and melodic majesty from start to finish. Pop grooves this incessant and immediate don't surface every day, but from the first listen, tracks such as "Disaster,” “That’s How You Change the World" and “Restart” stay with listeners a mighty long time.
Will they kick out the jams live? Oh, yeah. Tait, who’s logged more that 600 live shows as Newsboys front man, won't settle for anything less than songs that rouse the crowd from the word "go" (or "restart," if you prefer). "'Love Like I Mean It' might be the people's favorite," he says. "The crowd, when they get to the chorus, they scream their heads off: ‘LOVE LIKE I MEAN IT!’" He laughs, and continues: "That's a first for us as performers. We've never had a chorus with just five words."
But if these tracks move your body, they'll move your heart even more. Because when you consider it, what would the Newsboys be without their uplifting message—a constant dating to the band's founding in 1985?
The title cut speaks to the group's ambitious reach for stars, and the humble heart that comes with a second chance: "Oh Lord I'm a different man/You gave me a second chance/ I was lost, I was falling apart/You came along, You hit the restart."
The single "Live With Abandon" proves equally poignant, even as it gallops home with percussive keys and drums that stomp their way up the mountaintop: "I wanna live with abandon/ Give You all that I am/ Every part of my heart Jesus/ I place in Your hands."
Tait chooses his words carefully to avoid overstatement when he compares Restart to one of Christian music's greatest records, one that he played a big role in shaping.
"I have not felt this way about anything I've been involved in musically since 'Jesus Freak,'" he declares.
So if you're a longtime Newsboys fan, forget what you know. If you're new to the group, you can't imagine what's in store. Restart isn't just an album: It's a spirited pop manifesto from a band driven to recast itself almost from scratch. They didn't have to do it this way, but in music, as in the walk of faith itself, a road less traveled makes all the difference.
Other paths called, including a few of least resistance. But this is the one, the only one, they could choose.
Or as Michael Tait sums it up: "The pressure was there to make more of the same. It was there from the start. But why not risk something? Why not restart it?"
Rarely has music collided with ministry in a more explosive mash up than on Royal Tailor's Essential Records debut Black & White. Fusing pop, rock, R&B, hip hop and worship into a distinctive musical blend, Tauren Wells, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram and D.J. Cox deliver the Gospel in a high-energy style that makes audiences want to dance, pray, shout and sing along.
"We like to get down," Tauren says with a smile. "That's how we roll. If you ever spend any time with the four of us, you will be dancing. If it's the Electric Slide, the dougie, free-styling or whatever, at some point we're going to turn up the music, and we're going to have a good time. That's just who we are."
With a sound that evokes Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and a hint of Michael Jackson, Royal Tailor captures audiences with an infectious musicality, but this young band is about so much more than innovative music.
After meeting in Bible college and forming the band, they spent a year working full time at a church in Granite City, Ill., mentoring and teaching the youth to sing, play and take over worship services. "We were personally working with these kids and dealing with their issues," says Blake. "Every Saturday morning at 10 o'clock we'd do a thing called 'Making the Band.' We'd split up and do music lessons and teach them how to play in a band."
Jarrod adds, "When we left to go on the road, they'd be doing a whole concert themselves. These kids would seriously blow you out of the water.”
When Royal Tailor hit the road and began performing 300+ shows in less than two years, the band left behind an on-fire group of young worshippers ready to share their gifts with the church. During that process of equipping the youth, the members of Royal Tailor also learned a lot about themselves. "For a whole year we worked with student ministry. We put on conferences, put on all kinds of things for the church," says Blake. "I think we learned a lot about our calling and what kids were really going through."
The year Royal Tailor spent mentoring youth at its church was a pivotal time for the band as a group and as individuals. "It grew us as a band," says Jarrod. "That year really shaped us and drew us closer to God also as individuals because we were challenged."
"We all lived together, so we'd question things and talk about things," adds Blake. "We were going through the Bible asking: 'What does this really say?' It was a time when we found out who Royal Tailor really was."
When the band felt called to move into a new season, progressive worship band Leeland helped Royal Tailor make the leap from acclaimed indie band to a major label record deal. Leeland and Jack Mooring had heard Royal Tailor's music and became fans. They passed along the band's 5-song EP to Provident Label Group's Vice President of A&R Jason McArthur, who signed them to a record deal. Soon Royal Tailor, was in the studio working on its debut album with producers Aaron Lindsey, Chuck Butler and Daniel Kinner.
"The overarching message is a call to action," says Tauren. "A lot of our songs have to do with being Christ in the world. We want to create a culture where students are doing the ministry. They are creating the ideas. They are dreaming the dream, and then they are actually going out there and doing those things."
Royal Tailor's ongoing interaction with youth informs the music on its debut album."We feel like there's an identity crisis in our generation," says D.J. "Everybody is searching, and we want to give an identity to those searching for Christ. We want to give them the truth. The songs on this record take you through a journey of faith and boldness. We encourage youth to have faith, step out, and be who they are. Believe in God even when it's hard. Sometimes you hear really cool music, but there's not a lot of meaning to the words. We feel if they are going to be listening to the music and singing along, why not be singing along with songs that build you up in your faith and give you strength and hope."
Royal Tailor's message is not only resonating with young people, but with all ages. "It's a great feeling when you write a song and you see people write back saying, ‘This really impacted my life and encouraged me,'" says D.J. "We thought we were only appealing to a younger crowd, but we've had parents come up to us almost every night and say 'Thank you! This is awesome! My kids love it, but I love it too.'"
The band's first single, "Hold Me Together," is a transparent prayer for strength from our heavenly Father that is resonating strongly with audiences. "Gravity (Pulling Heaven Down)" offers a unique perspective on life's challenges by reminding the listener how difficult times draw us closer to God. “Death of Me” carries a bold message of repentance and dying to self wrapped in an infectious groove that makes it hard to listen and be still. “Make a Move” is a joyous call to action that encourages believers to share the gospel. “Love is Here” is a soulful, percolating anthem about embracing salvation.
The band hopes its positive songs will shine a light in the darkness that pervades much of mainstream music and culture. "This record is pressing against the flow of the mainstream market," says Tauren, who also works as a youth leader at a church in Houston."We have nothing against mainstream artists, but some of the messages and values coming out of mainstream music today are poisoning the culture. We hope to be a remedy to that, to stand up against that and show people this is not normal. There's something greater for you than just partying. We hope to press back against that and create some awareness and awakening in our listeners."
Though their music is energetic and fun, Royal Tailor is serious about ministry. "We want to communicate the Gospel," says Tauren. "People need to hear that there is a savior, a rescuer who can reach down and take them out of whatever circumstance they're in. They need to know that there is a God who loves and cares for them, but they also have a destiny, and that destiny requires action. We have to walk in purpose and understand the ultimate call that God has for us. We want to create cultural influence that emanates throughout the body of believers. We want to show people that there is something greater to live for than yourself."
With her career continuing to flourish over the last few years, Britt has made a point of maintaining a close connection to her beloved supporters. “After shows I always go and hang out with my fans, talk to them and get to know them,” she says. “I try to take as much time as I can with them, people really want to share their stories.” Noting that her fans “know they can be honest with me because I’m honest with them,” Britt points out that those stories also play a key part in helping to shape songs like “Gold.” “A lot of girls come up to me with their heads down, and I can just tell that they’re feeling broken,” she says. “I love that they can come into the show feeling one way, and then leave feeling like there’s hope.”
Whether delivering a soulful ballad or a beat-soaked dance track, Britt strikes a stunning balance between vulnerability and self-assurance all throughout Gold. Not only evidence of her gift for crafting intensely relatable lyrics, that emotional complexity is a testament to her strength and honesty as a songwriter. “I write songs to myself, and it’s always great to see them connect with other people who need to be reminded that worth doesn’t come from having all the right things or from success—it’s about being who you are,” she says.
As she reaches an ever-widening audience, Britt aspires to stay focused on creating music that’s both genuine and empowering. "Whether it's pop or rock or hip-hop, what moves me most is music that's passionate, real and comes from artists who really believe in what they're putting out into the world," says Britt, who is inspired not only by their hit songs but by the authenticity of artists like Adele, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift and Coldplay. “And with a song like ‘Gold,’ I’m putting out a message that everyone needs to hear, regardless of where they’re coming from. It’s about knowing that you’re loved, that you’re worth something. It’s a message of hope.”
soul-shaking observations on life and humanity.
There could be no better tour guide through Blue Mountain than Heath, one of Christian music’s most beloved and respected artists and songwriters. A two-time GMA Male Vocalist and five-time GRAMMY nominee, Heath has delivered some of Christian music’s most thought-provoking anthems, including the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year, “Give Me Your Eyes” and “Your Love,” which topped the charts for an amazing eight weeks. A Nashville native, Heath began writing songs in his
teens and gained a national audience with the release of his 2006 Reunion Records debut album,
Don’t Get Comfortable. His warm, expressive voice and intuitive songwriting have earned him an enthusiastic fan base and the respect of his peers.
He follows his chart-topping 2011 album Leaving Eden with the vibrant landscape of Blue Mountain,
his fourth studio record. The album is filled with the type of signature story songs that have made Heath an influential voice of his generation, yet sonically he fuses his engaging pop template with the rootsy sounds of his childhood. “When I was a little kid, my grandparents lived outside of Knoxville, Tenn. Every time we would go to visit them, we’d go to Cades Cove and Gatlinburg,” he says of soaking up the sights and sounds of Appalachia. “I always remember being struck by those mountains and my imagination would run wild and think they were the backs of dinosaurs. I’ve always just been intrigued with those mountains.”
Most of all, Heath has always been fascinated by people and it’s his penchant for exploring human foibles, triumphs and challenges that provides the foundation for Blue Mountain. “I wanted to get out of myself a little bit on this one,” he says with a grin. “I like to write story songs and I like characters. I wanted to create some characters, but I needed a framework. In a conversation with my friend Al Andrews, who I always get a lot of song ideas from, he commented that he had read somewhere that some people can be like Blue Mountains. In the distance, they are mysterious and majestic and you can’t touch them, but when you get up close to them, you realize they are just brown and green. They aren’t blue at all. For some reason, that got my mind going. So, I started writing songs about different characters---the coal miner, the farmer, the guy who is on death row.”
Yet, even as he was indulging his imagination and creating a vibrant cast of characters, Brandon had
an epiphany. “I realized that while I was writing this record about other characters, really it’s about me,”
One of the most personal songs on the record is “Paul Brown Petty,” a lyrical portrait of Heath’s maternal grandfather. “He’s just always been one of my heroes,” Heath says. “You never heard him complain.
He worked in his garden every day. He was an elder at his church. He sang in the choir. He fought in
When things were really rough here in Nashville with my parent’s divorce, I could always go back to Waverly, Tenn., which is where my grandparents lived. I always felt at ease around him. A lot of people will never know who he was, but he made a big impact on me. He was a part of building my character and my story; through this song I hope to pay tribute to him.”
Another mentor that Heath tips his hat to on his new album is Bob Goff, founder and CEO of Restore International, a non-profit organization addressing the injustices committed against children.
“Love Does” yields a warm, engaging melody and compelling lyric that encourages believers to make a difference. “Bob is a world changer,” Heath says. “He liberates people and I don’t know if there’s anything more noble than that; than getting people out of bondage. He’s dedicated his life to that and he’s been such a great role model to me. He’s written a book by the same name and now more people are hearing his story.”
The first single from Blue Mountain is “Jesus in Disguise.” “Jesus isn’t always in the obvious,” Heath notes. “But from busy city streets to the rural roads of ‘Blue Mountain,’ Jesus is always there to be found. You just have to know what to look for and be willing to look for it. It’s been a burden; it’s still a burden for God to open my eyes, so much so that I’m still writing about it after all these years.”
In recording Blue Mountain, Heath collaborated with some of his favorite Nashville songwriters, including Lee Thomas Miller, Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Deana Carter. Once he crafted the songs, he hit the studio with producer Dan Muckala. “I wanted to take on a whole new flavor,” Heath says of fusing pop, hip-hop beats and Appalachian roots music.
The album was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in picturesque Asheville, N.C. “We rented a cabin and we lived there for 10 days while we worked on this record. It’s a cool place,” says Heath of the studio where Dierks Bentley recorded his Home album and MercyMe recorded its current disc, The Hurt & the Healer. “Dan did MercyMe’s record, so that’s how he knew about the studio. He said, ‘We need to take your Blue Mountain idea to Asheville; I know a great studio that’ll give us the
The album is as inventive lyrically as it is sonically. One of the most poignant tracks is “Dyin’ Day,” the story of a death row inmate. “I wanted to write about a guy who had led a life so evil that it ultimately
put him in prison where he’s since lost his identity – he’s been reduced to his prison number. The redemption is it’s here that he finds a level of forgiveness that most of us don’t even allow ourselves,” Heath explains of the fictional character. “He’s a man who has been cut off from the world and hasn’t seen forgiveness from his family or society, yet he understands forgiveness so deeply and that’s
amazing to me.”
Forgiveness, servanthood and the power of grace are topics that have been woven throughout Heath’s musical repertoire, but never have they seemed to coalesce into a more potent musical offering than on Blue Mountain. “I want people to feel loved and comforted because that’s what I feel I can offer through the songs on this record,” he says. “I hope listeners will take a journey with me; that they’ll step out of their lives for a moment to explore Blue Mountain and its’ characters. My hope is that they’ll find themselves there.”
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