Former Delirious? frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter, Martin Smith releases Back To The Start, Oct. 21 though Integrity Music exclusively throughout North America. Combining favorites from his 5-star-acclaimed solo debut, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01, and second, full-length installment, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 02, the resulting collection reintroduces songs recently heard on Martin’s tour with Bethel Music to North American audiences.
Martin, who also recently recorded and toured with Jesus Culture in North America, is experiencing a musical rebirth following almost 20-years spreading a new sound of worship with the groundbreaking band, Delirious?. The inspired new music has been cultivated in a reinvigorated season of living in community. Back To The Start springs from a man refreshed and reconnected with Jesus and with his local Church body, with songs that speak of personal revival.
“I’ve known Martin since before the Cutting Edge years of Delirious? and his heart has always been to lead people in worship,” says Integrity Music’s Adrian Thompson, Vice President of A&R. “It’s exciting and a pleasure for us, as Integrity Music, to partner with him in taking these songs of worship to the lips of worshipers throughout the world.”
The first radio single from this new collection, “Emmanuel,” was written with Matt Redman and Nick Herbert. At radio now, the song is also featured as a brand new music video from Martin at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfIthMfwlyI.
“On a rough day, I found this promise-filled video so strongly shoring up my faith, and the absolutely terrific voice of Martin Smith, filling my heart with comfort,” comments one fan at the YouTube site. “I tend to forget that the Lord is ‘HERE’ with me every moment, especially when I am down. Joshua 3:10 tells us ‘The Living God is among you’…thank you Integrity Music and Martin for helping me to grasp that.”
“Emmanuel” is one of several anthems on Back To The Start written and recorded with Martin’s extended community of artists/songwriters. The collection also features co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Rend Collective Members (Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn), Tim Hughes, Reuben Morgan and more.
Back To The Start further features “Song Of Solomon,” a song Martin describes as “one of the most intimate songs I’ve ever written,” a duet with Sarah Bird on “Waiting Here For You,” and vocals from Martin’s daughter Elle-Anna on the bonus track, “God’s Great Dance Floor.” Elle-Anna is further featured in the lead role of Martin’s video, “Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor),” which has received over 725,000 YouTube views. Written by Martin, Nick Herbert and Chris Tomlin, “God’s Great Dance Floor” has sparked a dance-revival among the faithful.
In addition to the music, the Digital Deluxe version of the album features five never-before-released videos, including the “Back To The Start” and “Emmanuel” videos mentioned above, plus “Waiting Here For You,” “Awake My Soul” and “You Are My Salvation.”
The full Back To The Start album track listing follows:
- Back To The Start
- Fire Never Sleeps
- Waiting Here For You (feat. Sarah Bird)
- You Are My Salvation
- Only Got Eyes
- Great Is Your Faithfulness
- Redemption Day
- Awake My Soul
- Song Of Solomon
- Shepherd Boy
- God’s Great Dance Floor (Feat. Elle-Anna Smith) Bonus
Taking these new songs and Delirious? fan favorites on the road, Smith will be hitting 10-cities throughout the UK on “Martin Smith’s God’s Great Club Tour.” For all the latest tour updates and more, go to http://martinsmith.tv.
When Martin and his band Delirious? emerged in the U.S. back in 1997, having already impacted a generation of UK youth with its passionate call for revival, most agree that the modern worship movement officially began. The hope of that movement and the music that came out of it—“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “Deeper,” “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?,” “Majesty,” “Shout To The North” and a string of other modern worship standards—has irrevocably changed the landscape of Christian music in North America and around the world. Long before 2009’s farewell concert, RIAA certified Gold-selling and GRAMMY nominated band Delirious? had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Like their song “History Maker” that landed on 1998’s King of Fools, the band became ‘history makers’ themselves.
Still making relevant music, Martin’s Back To The Start springs from a man revived and excited to once again play a lead role in the ongoing call to worship, a passionate model for young worship leaders of today. For all the latest information on Martin Smith, go to http://martinsmith.tv, @MartinSmithTV and www.facebook.com/martinsmithtv.
Before Amen: A Worship Collection is the music companion to the new book from bestselling author Max Lucado (Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer – Thomas Nelson). Before Amen is Lucado’s most personal and candid book to date. It is written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith and fervency. And Before Amen: a Worship Collection is a wonderful backdrop for prayer and personal devotion, offering a track list that perfectly complements the book and featuring artists such as Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, All Sons & Daughters, Paul Baloche, John Mark McMillan. The songs focus on the majesty of God while also drawing the listener into an intimacy with our Abba Father.
You can purchase a bundle including the Before Amen CD & Book for only $19.99 at IntegrityMusicDirect.com. Click here for details.
“The love of Christ both wounds and heals, it fascinates and frightens, it kills and makes alive, it draws and repulses. There can be nothing more terrible or wonderful than to be stricken with love for Christ so deeply that the whole being goes out in a pained adoration of His person, an adoration that disturbs and disconcerts while it purges and satisfies and relaxes the deep inner heart.” – A.W. TOZER
Fascinate features co-writes with Nick Herbert and Jake Isaac. The duet with Jake, mixed by Sam Gibson (Hillsong United / Oceans), mastered by Geoff Pesche (Kylie). With songs that inspire to dance and reflect in equal measure this is an album that expresses the feeling of fascination and exaltation perfectly.
There’s been no greater calling or privilege for Desperation Band than to lead others into God’s presence. Whether at their home church (New Life in Colorado Springs, CO) or at worship events scattered around the globe, their songs are sung by congregators in many nations. This worship project was recorded live at the 2014 Desperation Conference with over 6,000 young people in attendance – all passionately worship the living God and proclaiming that He alone is their banner (Jehovah Nissi). This is a timeless truth that older generations will appreciate and emerging generations need to hear.
DUSTIN SMITH is a Song Writer and Worship Leader, who has a desire to see the nations ignited with a passion for worship. With an unyielding love for God and His people, Dustin has been able to cross denominational lines with his music. His worship music transcends age, race, color and creed and clearly glorifies the Creator.
Recorded live at his home church: World Revival Church in Kansas City, MO, this new recording is co-produced by Michael Farren & Kyle Lee (Michael W. Smith) and features co-writes with Jack Mooring (Leeland) and Michael Farren.
Dustin’s songs have been featured by a variety of artist including, Acquire the Fire, New Life Church, Aaron Shust and Michael W. Smith who recently recorded “The One that Really Matters/(Chaotic Love)” featuring Kari Jobe, and You Are the Fire, both of which are featured on Michael’s most recent release.
Dustin continues to be connected to a local church and is continually inspired by his Pastor, the congregation that he worships with, and his own personal journey with God. His songs range from adoration to warfare, but the message is the same; the Lord alone is worthy of praise!
Recorded live with over 6,000 worshipers at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, “Symphony of Worship” is an exciting partnership of classical and contemporary musicians including All Souls Orchestra and renowned worship artists Paul Baloche, Martin Smith (Delirious?) and Graham Kendrick.
The project, which also features a 400-voice choir gathered from across the UK, offers a new expression of symphonic worship with classic songs such as “Shine Jesus Shine,” “Majesty” and “Above All” to name but a few.
Renowned soprano Helen-Jane Howells and violinist Rebecca Eves also make guest appearances.
“God of our fathers, known of old; Lord of our far-flung battle line; Beneath whose awful hand we hold; Dominion over palm and pine; Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget – lest we forget!” – from Recessional, by Rudyard Kipling
The phrasing is old and a little odd, but the truth is just as relevant today as it was when Kipling built his poem around the words. We should not forget the sacrifices made by previous as well as current generations. We should not forget the lives laid down.
But we do forget. Memorials become monuments, grief becomes history, individuals become numbers. Times change and we choose to move on from sorrow and suffering. Life, in its way, goes on.
In another beautiful poem, Remember, Christina Rossetti wonders out loud about the fragile relationship between grief and memory. Her advice still speaks to us today:
“Yet if you should forget me for a while; And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave; A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile; Than that you should remember and be sad.”
There are no more survivors of WWI left alive today. The war itself belongs to a different age, one that denied women the vote and sent pre-teens out to work. Of course we forget.
Yet we are not incapable of remembering. The memories might not be our own, but through songs like these, we can inhabit the world of a century ago as seen through the eyes of faith.
And it is important that we do. For all Christians know that it is often in our times of trial and suffering that we, finally stripped of so many distractions, learn what it is to place our trust fully in God. This final poem makes it abundantly clear:
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
When we reconnect with the type of faith in Christ that holds fast in the midst of the horrors of war, we cannot help but be inspired and empowered.
Integrity Music Publishing is honored to welcome songwriter Michael Neale, writer of “Mercy Tree,” “Sacred Ground,” “You Amaze Me,” “Saved The Day,” “I Am Yours” and co-writer of the Dove Award winning Worship Song of the Year, “Your Great Name.”
Neale, who is the Worship Pastor and Artist In Residence at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida, is also a recording artist, whose albums include No Greater Audience, Bigger Than Life (with Christ Fellowship Choir), and the beloved Hosanna Music classic Made Me Glad. Neale’s songs have also been recorded by artists such as Natalie Grant, Michael W. Smith, Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf), Todd Agnew, Rebecca St. James, Anthony Evans, Jr., and Phillips, Craig and Dean.
“Michael is a multi-faceted artist, touching the Church not only with his songs and voice, but with his books and speaking engagements as well,” said Craig Dunnagan, Integrity’s Vice President of Publishing/Ministry Alliances. “We have known, loved and supported Michael’s ministry for some time and are very excited to partner with him in this season of growing influence as a songwriter, author, teacher and speaker.”
As a member of the Integrity family of songwriters, Neale joins Stu G (Stuart Garrard), All Sons & Daughters, New Life Worship, Planetshakers, Covenant Worship, Dustin Smith, Lincoln Brewster, GRAMMY Award winner Israel Houghton, and Dove Award winning and nominated writers Paul Baloche, Jennie Lee Riddle, Jared Anderson and Michael Farren.
Michael is also an acclaimed author, penning the devotional book, “Your Great Name,” the chart-topping novel, “The River,” and its sequel, “Into The Canyon.” Additional information is available at http://michaelneale.com.
The youth worship band at Colorado Springs-based New Life Church, Desperation Band, releases its all-new album, BANNER, internationally Sept. 30 through Integrity Music. Recorded live during the July 2014 Desperation Conference, the 12-song album captures the spirit and energy of youth at worship during the conference, while sharing a deeply-rooted belief that the God of ages past is alive, well and moving mightily among people who are desperately committed to Him.
Written specifically with today’s students in mind, BANNER is deliberate both sonically and lyrically as it connects the past with the present and the future.
“We want to make sure we’re singing songs that help young people understand they are in a moment of time, but that the church has existed for thousands of years,” New Life Church worship leader Jon Egan explains. “We want to place an emphasis on history, returning to the sacred call to worship.”
Simultaneously, as the Desperation Band evolves musically, Egan adds, “We want to inspire those who come after us. We want to lead and be pioneers and be bold in that…we have nothing to prove, and in that we have the freedom to take some risks.”
Egan, who helped form Desperation Band in 2001 and now mentors a new generation of worship leaders and songwriters at New Life Church, co-wrote with Jason Ingram, Jonathan Moos, Nico Perez and others for the new album. For the title track, Egan shares, “I’d been wanting to write a song about God being our banner, the ancient truth that God is with us, leading the march through history. One of our young guys came in with some music and I brought some direction for the lyrics, and it just came together. It’s so ancient, so ‘Moses and the Old Testament,’ yet to these guys it seems fresh and cool, which I think is great.”
The new album also features, “Break Open,” a song of surrender to Christ inspired by the story of Mary’s extravagant gift of perfume on the feet of Jesus, “Fun,” a full-tilt dance celebration song written by Egan, Ingram and Cory Asbury, and one of Egan’s personal favorites, “Make A Way.”
“‘Make A Way’ has been blowing up at our church and at youth events,” he says. “I think they have really connected with it because it gives a voice to people believing for miracles. We did a 5-city tour, and in every city I found myself looking at hundreds of 15-year-olds, thinking, ‘So much will be thrown at you…but the answer has always been Jesus. It always will be Jesus.’ When I was fleshing that out for a song, I was reminded that where there was no way, Jesus made a way at the Cross…and He still makes a way.”
“Make A Way,” as well as the title track and “Break Open,” are available as instant downloads when BANNER is pre-ordered at iTunes. Global pre-orders for both the “standard” and Digital Deluxe versions of the album begin today at iTunes and Amazon.com. The Digital Deluxe version features a digital booklet with song charts and four live performance videos: “Banner,” “Make A Way,” “Break Open” and “We Are Yours.”
Having never lost sight of the limitless potential of students to impact their world for Christ, Desperation Band is planning to take its message, new songs and favorites like “I Am Free,”“Overcome,” “Yahweh” and “Strong God,” on the road for an extensive, international tour spring 2015. Over the years, the band has led worship for hundreds of thousands of high school and college students through its touring and at the annual Desperation Conference. As the band gears up for the new tour, booking and event related inquiries are being directed to email@example.com. For more information, visit http://www.desperationband.com or follow the band on Twitter at @desperationband.
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The third release on the newly reintroduced Simply Series is Simply Worship. Includes songs such as; Your Name by Darlene Zschech, How Deep The Father’s Love from Stuart Townend and introducing We Believe by LIFE Worship. This is a series that mixes the familiar with the emerging and the dancing with the reflective.
The fourth release on the newly reintroduced Simply Series is Simply Worship Instrumental. This is the album that’s full of melody. Some songs are full of symphony, whilst others are acoustic. Enjoy new versions of Here I Am to Worship, In Christ Alone, Only By Grace and many more.