Features Co-Writes With Jared Anderson, Israel Houghton, Dustin Smith, Mia Fieldes, Lauren Daigle, Seth Mosley and more
Capturing the authentic songs and live worship experience of a songwriters’ retreat, COME ALIVE: Live From The CentricWorship Retreat releases with seven new songs for congregational worship on November 11, 2014 globally through CentricWorship. The EP is available today for pre-order with three instant gratification tracks.
Including songs recorded at both the first and second CentricWorship retreats, the EP marks the second release from the newly formed imprint of Centricity Publishing. The weeklong songwriting and worship retreats in the fall and summer provided a highly inspirational and creative setting for seasoned songwriters/worship leaders to craft new songs of worship.
“Our mission is to resource the Body of Christ with a continuous flow of fresh and powerful songs that inspire worship,” says Wisdom Moon, Resource & Engagement Manager for CentricWorship. “The retreats truly do provide an opportunity for songwriters to break away from the daily grind, press into the Lord and write from an honest place of worship.”
The writers invited to the CentricWorship retreats form an impressive band of troubadours, having written songs recorded by some of today’s most recognized Christian artists and songs regularly used by thousands of churches around the world. “The creative talent that the Lord has given these songwriters is tremendous,” says Steve Rice, VP of Centricity Publishing and founder of CentricWorship. “It continues to amaze me that they can begin the day with prayer and an instrument, and by dinner we are all singing an extraordinary song that didn’t exist only a few hours earlier. And very possibly a song that will travel to church congregations around the world! It blows me away that we can somehow be involved in that part of the Lord’s work.”
Rice, who founded CentricWorship as a label imprint for Centricity Publishing this year, taps into a unique songwriting model that takes the writer out of the Nashville-standard writing room and places them in a collaborative environment where worship comes first, and writing second. Between the two retreats held thus far, one in the mountains of the Western U.S. and the other in the rural Southeast, more than 50 songs were written and 25 recorded with some of today’s top studio and touring musicians.
This collection of songs follows CentricWorship’s rootsy first offering, All The Saints: Live from the CentricWorship Retreat, No. 1, which featured some of the same writers, and the same producer, Michael Farren (Pocket Full of Rocks, writer of the popular worship song, “Let It Rain” and the title track “Come Alive (Dry Bones)”).
COME ALIVE EP features worship leaders BJ Putnam, Lauren Daigle, Henry Seeley (Planet Shakers), Jonathan Lee, and Corey Voss, and contains songs written by some of The Church’s best composers including, Jared Anderson (Desperation Band, writer of “Great I Am”), Mia Fieldes (recorded by Hillsong, Matt Maher, Kari Jobe, Paul Baloche), Israel Houghton (writer of “Friend of God”), Dustin Smith (writer of “Rushing Waters”), Seth Mosley (recorded by Michael W. Smith, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli), and others.
COME ALIVE: Live From The CentricWorship Retreat track listing:
1. Greater Is He – feat. Jonathan Lee
2. Consume Us – feat. Corey Voss
3. Come Alive (Dry Bones) – feat. Lauren Daigle
4. Come Lord Jesus – feat. Henry Seeley
5. You Have My Surrender – feat. Lauren Daigle
6. More And More – feat. BJ Putnam
7. Worthy Is The Lamb – feat. Corey Voss
In addition to the EP, CentricWorship provides additional resources for worship leaders at CentricWorship.com: song stories, lyric videos, live videos, song devotionals, podcasts, articles, and more. The goal is to give worship leaders everything they need to incorporate the songs into their local church.
“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” live music video:
“Consume Us” live music video:
Here is how others are responding to the new recording:
“No one complains about a shortage of worship music. We don’t need more for the sake of more. What we need is more honest expressions, truth-saturated declarations, and songs and sounds that fix our eyes on Jesus. I love this new record from CentricWorship. It’s all of these things and more. Great songs, well produced, and sung with a conviction that compels you to engage with God.” -David Santistevan (davidsantistevan.com)
“This latest EP from the team at CentricWorship really fills a need for authentic, accessible worship for the church. Each track would make a great addition to the repertoire of any worship ministry.” -Ryan Loche (TheChurchCollective.com)
“Come Alive is a fresh, authentic and spirit breathed album. From the first to the last song, it’s obvious the writers and worship leaders are in tune with what God is doing in their communities.” -Julianna Morlet (AllAboutWorship.com)
“I’m really inspired by what CentricWorship is doing and can see how God is using these writers to shape and share songs for the global church.” -Chris Vacher (chrisfromcanada.com)
CentricWorship is an imprint of Centricity Publishing, LLC (in Franklin, TN), which launched in March 2014. CentricWorship is about moving hearts of all ages to express their deepest felt worship of the One who is worthy of it all. Additional information is available at CentricWorship.com
About Steve Rice:
CentricWorship was founded by industry veteran Steve Rice, who has been a key catalyst for modern worship songs for the global Church, beginning with his role in the introduction of songwriters like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Delirious to the U.S., when he was Senior VP of EMI CMG Publishing / WorshipTogether. As VP of Creative Development at Integrity Music he continued his cause working with the songs of Hillsong United, Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton and others. Rice took the helm of Centricity Publishing two years ago, launching the new imprint, CentricWorship, in 2014.
SOURCE: CentricWorship PR