“Break the Bread” Video Also Releases Today from Innovative New Worship Project Co-Produced by Grammy and Dove Award-winning Christian Music Producer Ed Cash
Into the Great Unknown, the debut full-length project from south Florida based worship band House of Peace, releases to brick & mortar retailers today from City of Peace Media and Capitol Christian Distribution.
The 11-song project celebrates the band’s credo of diversity through unity by incorporating a broad range of contemporary musical styles paired with ancient, time-honored theological themes. The result is a listening experience that is at once God-honoring, ear-pleasing and soul-refreshing.
Grammy and Dove Award-winning Christian music producer Ed Cash and his brother Scott Cash produced half of the songs on the CD. House of Peace’s David Liscum and Yochanan Marcellino produced two songs each and Cody Norris produced one song, as did Klaus Badelt.
While frontman David Liscum wrote or co-wrote every song on the project, he is quick to point out that House of Peace is a band, and not a solo effort. Liscum is joined by an eclectic group of musicians including guitarist Jeff Maldonado, drummer Seadric Crawford, Ryan Horner on bass and Maldonado’s wife Christine on percussions and background vocals. The band was initially featured on the City of Peace compilation project, I Stand With Israel, and Liscum later teamed with label head Yochanan Marcellino to pen “New Life,” the song that would become the theme for the feature film The Identical, starring Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta and Blake Rayne.
“David is hugely involved with our label and with our film company,” says City of Peace Media’s Jordan Marcellino. “He’s a great guy with a wonderful heart and a true worshipper. These songs are responses to God’s glory, God’s change, God’s touch, God’s calling.”
Into the Great Unknown is an apt title for the project, according to Liscum. “It’s about the journey we all go through with God, a journey of moving from faith to faith where you have to deal with a lot of unknowns. Sometimes, you just have to learn to let go.”
Part of the letting go process involved bringing others alongside to help in the creative process, including Christian music uber-producer Ed Cash, who brought his own flourishes to the project. Cash admires the way House of Peace fuses deep theological insights with lush, accessible, contemporary melodies, and even connects with one of the great traditional hymns of the church. “It is a really beautiful picture of Jesus,” Cash says. “I love the tribute it pays to the Old Testament, showing how Christ demonstrated His love for us by placing His blood on our hearts.”
Into the Great Unknown opens with the lovely and encouraging “Passover Lamb,” which draws imagery from the classic hymn, “Nothing But The Blood.” The song segues effortlessly into the acoustic guitar-driven communion song, “Break the Bread.” The celebration of the glory of God continues with the shimmering worship aria, “King of the Universe.” The mood shifts to one of reverential awe on “New Life,” as Liscum ponders the twists and turns of life. “I finally found what I’ve been searching for,” he sings. “It’s been there all the time, right before my very eyes!”
Ethereal synths and thudding tom toms accentuate the engaging praise aria, “King of Israel.” Acoustic guitars take center stage on the horizontally-directed song of encouragement, “Let Us Be One.” The acoustic guitars remain, but the direction shifts toward vertical worship on the gorgeous song of adoration, “Praise Your Name Forever,” which prominently features Christine Maldonado on BGVs.
The softly rocking “Glory to Your Name” continues the joyful praise theme, as Liscum exults, “Everyone will praise! Everyone will say, Glory to your name!” The band maintains its reverential prayerful posture while kicking up the tempo on the anthemic, “Rejoice.” Engaging piano lines embellish the declaration song, “He Will Reign,” before the project closes with the lush and evocative “One Child,” the New Life Theme from the feature film The Identical, performed by the Chinese Symphony Orchestra.
While House of Peace is thrilled with how their debut project turned out, they insist their goal is really not about just producing a CD, but about producing disciples of Jesus.
“We are passionate about music and worship because we realize how powerful the combination is as a tool for righteousness,” Liscum explains. “We’re not just another Christian band with a CD to peddle. We are a worship band, but evangelism is always a component of what we do. We want to go Into the Great Unknown and reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
About House of Peace:
House of Peace is a worship group that desires for God to be exalted though their music, and their ministry. Their influences range from Chris Tomlin, IHOP, Bethel, Coldplay, Keane, U2 and organic worship. House of Peace is a City of Peace Media recording artist. Their main purpose is to help others practice the presence of God through worship.
House of Peace has a heart for Israel, and a heart for encouraging the body of Christ to reach the lost. For more information about David Liscum, House of Peace or Into the Great Unknown, visit houseofpeaceband.com.
About City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films:
The primary focus of City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films is to provide a framework where music, films and video with “redeeming value” can be developed, produced and distributed worldwide, bringing a message of hope, love and encouragement to this generation.
City of Peace Media is home to video award nominated and winning artists such as John Waller, who as an artist has been cumulatively streamed nearly ten million times on YouTube, and Sean Spicer, winner of Canada’s GMA Covenant Award in the category of Best Instrumental Album. The City of Peace Worship line of music has reached millions, leading with the internationally acclaimed albums Adonai and Elohim. City of Peace Films is also home to the recent theatrical release of the major motion picture, The Identical (Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd), winner of the 2014 Nashville Film Festival (one of America’s oldest and more popular in the Southeast).
The label’s seasoned leadership includes Founder and CEO Yochanan Marcellino, the son of legendary Motown A&R producer Jerry Marcellino (Michael Jackson, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Lionel Richie & the Commodores and Smokey Robinson). Yochanan Marcellino was the founder of FM Management, managing such artists as Kerry Livgren of Kansas (“Dust in the Wind”), Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes, Kyle Henderson of The Producers and John Waller, who has featured songs in the Fireproof, Courageous and War Room motion pictures and soundtracks. Marcellino also founded several successful record labels over his 40-year career, including Kerygma Records/Bright Star Records, City of Peace Media and its affiliates, and most recently, Identical Production Company (The Identical motion picture). Marcellino has released over 70 major music projects worldwide through his record labels and has led key divisions of several other music companies.
Record industry veteran Don Noes serves as COO, with more than 30 years of retail marketing and music industry experience. The last two decades found Noes as SVP, Sales and Distribution, overseeing the launch and growth of Provident /Sony Music Distribution, distributing major artists such as Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Casting Crowns and Mercy Me.
City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films includes, but is not limited to, the following list of creative services: major physical and digital distribution, record production, artist management, artist development, music publishing, song development, art direction, graphic design, website development, music video production, motion picture film production and film development. City of Peace Media also consults in the following strategic areas: marketing plan development, public relations planning, radio promotion, publicity, advertising, touring and name branding. For more information, visit cityofpeace.com.
About Capitol Christian Distribution:
Capitol Christian Distribution is the market leader Christian and Gospel music distribution and represents a diverse range of chart topping Christian films and books reaching the U.S. Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Since this distribution division was launched, Capitol Christian has had more charting titles annually on Billboard’s Top Christian charts than any other Christian distributor and has been named Billboard Magazine’s Top Christian Music Distributor 15 times since 1995.
In addition to distributing Capitol Christian Music Group’s fully-owned labels, which include Sparrow, ForeFront, and Credential imprints, as well as Motown Gospel and Worship Together, Capitol Christian Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with Centricity Records, City on A Hill, City of Peace Media, Difference Media, Dream Records, Gaither Music Group, Green Hill Productions, Inpop, Hillsong, sixsteps records, Sonoma Music, Maranatha! Music, North Point Music, Spring Hill Music Group, Troubadour for the Lord, Universal Music Group, VSR Music Group, Advent Film Group, Alchemy, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz, Cinedigm Entertainment, City of Peace Films, Creative Trust Media, Getty Music, Goose Creek Productions, Friends Media, For Our Fathers Films, Foreshadow Productions, Glorious Films, Guardian Studios/Bananas, Jason Campbell Films, Jellyfish Labs, Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Pure Flix Entertainment, Vertical Praise Productions, Wanderlust Productions, Whitestone Media, Zayatoonz, Worthy Publishing, Authentic Publishers and many more. Capitol Christian Distribution is a division of Capitol Christian Music Group, which is part of Universal Music’s Capitol Music Group. For more information, visit capitolchristiandistribution.com.
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