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Amy Grant

There’s nothing like life experience to provide a deeper, richer emotional palette for a songwriter to draw from when crafting new music. For Amy Grant, it’s been 10 years since her last full studio album and it’s been a decade marked by soul-shaking milestones. As she’s always done, Grant has embraced both the triumphs and challenges, distilled them to their essence and poured the lessons learned into songs that ache with honesty and reverberate with gentle wisdom.

How Mercy Looks From Here is the soundtrack of a life well-lived. “A lot of major life changes happened during these past few years.” Grant says. “So on this record, there’s zero filler. Every song has a real story behind it.”

In telling those stories, Grant recruited an impressive array of friends and heroes, including James Taylor, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Eric Paslay, and Will Hoge. Working with producer Marshall Altman (Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Nathanson), Grant has delivered a vibrant collection of songs that are entertaining and substantive, and it wasn’t by accident. Inspired by a conversation with her ailing mother, Grant approached this album as a woman on a mission.

“A conversation I had with my mother a couple of months before she died helped set the direction for this record,” says Grant, whose mother passed away in April 2011. “Mom had a lifelong curiosity that kept her young at heart even when her mind was failing. One night, when I stopped by to visit her on my way to my bus to drive to a concert, she was surprised to discover that I was a singer ‘Oh you sing?’ she asked. I said, ‘Yes ma’am. I sing,’ She asked, ‘What kind of songs do you sing?’ I was explaining what I sang to her and she asked if she could get on the bus and go with me. She was frail and clearly wearing out and I said, ‘Not this time.’ She said, ‘Well if I can’t go, do me a favor. When you get on stage, sing something that matters.’”

That simple, profound bit of advice took root and became Grant’s mantra for this new record. “My plan is to dedicate this record to my mom,” she says. “And that’s how I describe it, it’s not all serious. It’s not all silly. It’s just things that matter.”

(Excerpt taken from Amy Grant’s Career Bio.)

Read more about Amy Grant’s career as well as her new song benefiting Cancer Research , “Welcome Yourself,”, on her official website.

 

 

Matt Maher

UPDATE: Matt’s new album, Saints and Sinners, will be available on March 17th and is available now for PREORDER.

“Every Saint has a past, and every sinner as a future.” -Oscar Wilde

Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to look back and remember where you’ve been. It was in that spirit that Matt Maher birthed his latest album, Saints and Sinners (Essential/Sony). The garage-turned-studio behind Maher’s home became a haven of reflection as he tirelessly transformed it into a creative songwriting space. “Every day, I’d go out there and dream a bit and ask, ‘God, what do you want to build here?’” Maher recalls.


MattMaher_AllThePeople_webThis record is a musical collage. I think most of our lives look like that, this jumble of a bunch of different stuff,” Maher offers. “Hopefully, when you take a step back, you realize something that might seem a little chaotic closeup, farther away, actually is a work of art that God’s slowly creating. These songs are created out of living as a community of faith firsthand, and it’s my desire to remind listeners that we are all His work of art.

All The People Said Amen showcases Maher’s storied career thus far. The songs read more like chapters in his auto-biography than a typical album track listing. Produced by Paul Moak (Third Day, Mat Kearney) and Maher, the album breaks the barriers a studio can provide and allows fans to see Maher as not only the gifted songwriter they have come to cherish but also a fervent worship leader and skilled teacher. Maher’s theology is as solid as his
songwriting, his heart as pure as his melodies.

The album introduces four new studio recordings, including the title track and the powerful closer “Mighty Fortress.” All of the songs carry messages Maher wants listeners to be able to champion. “I think it’s great for the life of a song if different movements or people can get behind the song and help push it along,” says Maher. For this project, in particular, he explains, “I tried to identify themes within the story of Christianity that are worth saying, ‘amen.’”

To read more about Matt Maher, and his latest release, All the People Say Amen, please visit his official website.

Sanctus Real

“We’ve been doing this for eighteen years now. We’re always revisiting the question ‘Is it worth it? Is it worth the sacrifice?’ If it’s just about getting to #1, then no, it’s not worth it. But if God has called us to do this—and we still believe we’re called—then this is what we should be doing regardless of commercial success or how we feel. At that point, it becomes a matter of faithfulness to what we’ve been called to do, and of trusting God for the outcome. We’ve found a lot of freedom in realizing” that.

— Chris Rohman, Sanctus Real

Sanctus Real is: Matt Hammitt, vocals; ChrisRohman, guitar; Mark Graalman, drums; and Pete Prevost, guitar.

Two-time GRAMMY® nominated,Dove Award-winning Sanctus Real creates compelling, authentic music, striving to live up to the meaning of their name: to be Holy (Latin meaning of “sanctus”) in all they do, but also “real” as they interact with fans and as they live out as Christians.

Visit the official website to read more about Sanctus Real or listen to their latest release, “Lay it Down.”