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Behind The Song - Catch Me Singing

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV)

Have you ever heard of the Biosphere? It’s a research facility out in the Arizona desert originally designed to study plant life inside artificial ecosystems. Perfect conditions, perfectly secure, perfectly climate controlled… sounds great right?

Here’s where things get interesting. At the start of the experiments, the trees planted in the Biosphere grew at a much faster rate than any of their siblings in the wild, BUT at a certain point, they literally just uprooted and fell over. Not just one or two, but every tree in the Biosphere would reach an age where it could not bear its own weight.

Eventually, the scientist realized the cause of the problem… there was no wind. Translation: there was no tension, no resistance, no uncertainty, no inconsistency, no reason for the root systems to learn their purpose: to grow deep.

To put it gently, this has been quite the year (said with a desperate smile). Most of us are facing more uncertainty and tension than we have ever seen in our lifetimes. Living in the struggle is hard work. We hide from it, we ignore it, we despise it. Often times we act like it will be the death of us, but it might be the thing keeping us alive. Could it be that God is more concerned with our growing rightly than our growing quickly? Could it be that God is not scared of the process though often times we act like He is? It’s good for our souls to remember that the promises of God are eternal. They do not run away from the process; they carry us through it.

“Catch Me Singing” was a call to my heart to remember – in the famine or in the feast. Remember, God knows what it's like to walk through the desert. Moreover, if our hope is truly in the resurrection, then we must always remember this: God does some of His best work in the dark. I encourage you to plant your trust by the river today, friends. Let your roots grow deep into the promise.

 

You’ve been God for a long time 

You’re the final word 

You’re the finish line 

Everything is gonna be alright 

You’ve been God for a long time

Pat Barrett | "Canvas & Clay (Radio Version)"

“'Canvas and Clay' is about trusting the process of formation in our lives. I love the picture of God being a master artist. It makes verses like in Romans 8 'He makes all things work together'—so dynamic. He uses every aspect of our lives and He doesn’t do waste. Jesus didn’t invite people into a quick, easy transformation. There are times when it feels like two steps forward and one step back, and it’s in those moments that we get to remember that He is still forming us even today. We get to grow in love, kindness, forgiveness, goodness, self-control, and more. I hope that this song helps people along in that journey," shares Pat Barrett. Original Master MultiTracks for the Radio Version of "Canvas & Clay" are now available!

Hillsong Worship | Take Heart (Again)

Charts are now available for Hillsong Worship's album Take Heart (Again)!  Hillsong Worship has a 30 year legacy of carrying the ‘sound’ of Hillsong, as an expression of worship flowing from the heart and vision of the Church. There is a rich legacy of timeless confessions faith-filled anthems and declarations that will never expire or grow old. Take Heart (Again) is a timely project. All three worship expressions of Hillsong Church (Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United and Hillsong Young and Free) came together to prayerfully craft an offering of songs, critical confessions about God’s unrivaled Lordship, His surpassing peace, the stillness of his presence and the hope that none but Jesus can offer. These songs are memorials, reminders of times and spaces where the power of God has moved mightily and will move once again.

The album title encapsulates the intended purpose for this project — that believers would Take Heart (Again), Pray (Again), Surrender (Again), Declare (Again). As you sing aloud to this album featuring “Hosanna”, “Who You Say I Am” and “Broken Vessels”, we pray that your soul would hear your mouth declare of truth of who God is and what He has done, and that you would Take Heart (Again).

Read the Chart and listen to the reference audio through RehearsalMix in ChartBuilder today!

Mack Brock | "Your Presence Is A Promise"

"One of the things I love the most about getting out of the city and under a clear sky is the amount of stars you’re able to see when there’s no other outside light. It’s amazing how many more there are, and how much brighter they shine when it’s completely dark. They cover the sky. Sometimes it takes going deep into a darkness before you can see the beauty of light piercing through. Loneliness and difficult seasons can be like that. They hang over us like the unlit night, making us feel alone and afraid. But when we choose to look up, there is beauty to be found in those dark places. Beauty that can’t be seen in the bright daytime light, but only in the valley," shares Mack Brock explaining his heart behind his new song, "Your Presence Is A Promise". "I love that in the New Testament Jesus calls himself 'The light of the world' (John 8:12) - when He is with us, He illuminates our darkness. And did you know that God promises His presence to us? In Matthew 28:20, He says 'and behold I am with you ALWAYS, to the end of the age.' If we put those two thoughts together we can stand on the promise that even in the darkest seasons, Jesus is with us and will light up our night. We only need to look to Him."

Francesca Battistelli | This Christmas

“I am so thrilled to get to share these songs with all of you! Making this Christmas album has been an absolute labor of love. We started the process a year-and-a-half ago, and I don’t think I have ever enjoyed an album process so much. Through all of the uncertainty this year, it has been a true bright spot to write and record these songs,” Francesca Battistelli shares. “I know that for many people, the Christmas season can be very difficult. My prayer is that these songs offer hope, glorify Jesus, bring joy (and maybe even some laughter!), and truly bless you, now and in the years to come.” Original Master MultiTracks for This Christmas are now available! 

for King & Country | A Drummer Boy Christmas

for KING & COUNTRY – known the world over for its grand re-envisioning of the classic “Little Drummer Boy,” especially following its rousing, show-stealing performance of the song during the 2019 CMA Country Christmas TV special on ABC that received a standing ovation – is bringing that signature style to a brand-new, 13-song album, A Drummer Boy Christmas. The duo’s first-ever, full-length studio Christmas album features Gabby Barrett on “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and NEEDTOBREATHE on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

“It all started on a dreary winter’s night in our American hometown of Nashville, TN. It was the end of 2012, the year the band began. We piled ourselves into an old factory - cellos, brass, bass, guitars and of course, a load of drums. We began to frantically rehearse and prepare for an incumbent Christmas tour that we frankly, due to the fact that we’d yet to release a Christmas album or song, had no right to embark on,” shares Joel and Luke Smallbone of for KING & COUNTRY.

“Yet,” the brothers continue, “From that shotgun rehearsal (where we insolently dreamt up our rendition of “Little Drummer Boy”) to today, the beauty, drama, and ultimately the miracle of Christmas has caught our musical imagination and therefore been laced into the DNA of the band. With this as the backdrop, coupled with all we face socially, politically and ethically across the globe, we felt it was the imperfectly perfect time for us to do our small part in telling the story of the redemption that Jesus’ birth offers to you, and to me. So bake those chocolate chip cookies, make a little hot chocolate, strike up that cozy fire, and let us take you on a 44 minute and 49 second musical Christmas journey to celebrate the greatest story the world has ever known!”

Executive produced by GRAMMY Award®-winning musician and producer Aqualung, aka, Matt Hales (Sara Bareilles); orchestrally arranged by Davide Rossi of Coldplay fame; mixed by Ban Baptie (Ellie Goulding, U2, Adele); and mastered by Dave Kutch (Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, The Weeknd) - A Drummer Boy Christmas includes 13 tracks and features two original Christmas songs entitled “Heavenly Hosts” and an emotionally moving ballad from Joseph’s perspective, “The Carol of Joseph (I Believe In You).” A Drummer Boy Christmas was produced by Tedd T. and for KING & COUNTRY, and co-produced by Benjamin Backus.

ICF Worship | "Here Is My Heart"

Led in English, ICF Worship has released "Here is My Heart". Original Master MultiTracks for the live and studio versions of "Here is My Heart" are now available! Written and first performed at the beginning of the year, the lyrics seem prophetic-like in helping declare truth before this year ensued singing, "In You, I'll stand unshakable / My future now, unbreakable / So come what may, I choose to stay / In Your love that won't fade away."

Saddleback Worship | "Heaven on Earth"

Saddleback Worship shares, "Earth will never be Heaven no matter how hard we hope and desire for it to be. Heaven is perfection in its fullness and Earth, as every one of us knows, is broken. We’re in the 'in-between'—the 'now and not yet.' Here, there are no guarantees that our prayers are going to be answered the way we are believing for them to be or that we won’t be faced with things we never saw coming. But God, in all of His wonder and grace, gives us the guarantee through the beautiful gift of His presence that He will always be with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. One of His very names is 'Immanuel: God with us.' He is here—walking with us every single moment of every single day. Through it all, we can count on the promise of His presence. Friend, Heaven may not have invaded Earth the way you were believing it to, BUT come Hell or high water, Heaven WILL meet you. Heaven on Earth is not everything panning out the way we pray, hope, or believe that it will. Heaven on Earth is the fulfillment of God’s promise of His presence EVEN IF everything doesn’t go according to how we envisioned or prayed it to be. The miracle of His perfect presence, present in our imperfect, broken, human experience…this is Heaven on Earth."

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