Forerunner Music Releases Jon Thurlow’s “Different Story” Today


Full-Length Studio Album Produced by Multiple GRAMMY,  Dove Award-winning Brown Bannister

In his first full-length album since 2013, longtime International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) worship leader and songwriter Jon Thurlow addresses themes of redemption, trial and hope on Different Story releasing today (Nov. 17) from Forerunner Music, IHOPKC’s official record label. The album is available for purchase now at iTunes, and other digital retailers internationally, as well as directly at the Forerunner Bookstore where an exclusive vinyl version of the record may also be purchased.

Following the release of his Forerunner Music debut, the live Stand in Awe album in 2013, as well as appearances on numerous Onething Live albums, Thurlow took some time to craft the songs for Different Story. The inspiration flowed from personal challenges and transitions that included the birth of his and his wife Kinsey’s first child, a daughter, in late 2016.

“With any birth, there’s challenge,” says Thurlow. “It’s intense, but so worth it. Like the birth of our daughter, the journey to this new album was intense, but it led to some beautiful music and inspired songs.”

The title track to Thurlow’s first-ever Nashville-based recording was influenced by his first time working with legendary multiple Grammy, Dove Award-winning producer Brown Bannister, and multi-talented Ben Shive (Laura Hackett Park, Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman, JJ Heller, Andrew Peterson.)

Thurlow recalls, “I had a melody and some lyrics, and was talking to Brown about how the Lord takes our messed up, broken stories and He redeems—He rewrites them through Jesus. It’s a very hopeful song, an anthem.”

Other album highlights include the first studio recording of “Shout Your Name,” title track to the 2015 Onething Live album, “Your Love is Better,” an IHOPKC prayer room favorite, and a full band version of “Still Looking Back at Me” from Thurlow’s Walking Through the Night EP. The latter song is sung from God’s perspective to a hurting woman who refuses to quit.

“My hope for listeners is that the songs be an on-ramp for them to connect to the Lord, whether in prayer or with the song coming from the Lord’s heart back to us,” shares Thurlow. “I want them to feel a pull back to Jesus – that it would be a connection point.”

The full Different Story track listing follows:

1. Your Light

2. I Want You

3. Different Story

4. For You

5. I Want Your Heart

6. Your Love is Better

7. Closer

8. Power of Your Love

9. Need To Know

10. Shout Your Name

11. Still Looking Back at Me

About Different Story:
Street Date: November 17, 2017
CD UPC# (Physical) 00821827000277 Physical SRP: $13.99
UPC# (Digital): 00821827000277 Digital Price: $9.99 Digital Track Price: $1.29
*Vinyl version available exclusively through the Forerunner Bookstore, $20.00

About Jon Thurlow: After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in sacred music from Nyack College, Jon Thurlow came to the International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) in 2004 to attend Fire in the Night, a three-month NightWatch internship. As an intern he was in the prayer room from midnight to 6:00 am each night. After Fire in the Night, he joined IHOPKC staff and has served faithfully as a worship leader for many years leading a team of singers and musicians in six two-hour sets per week.

Jon began leading worship as a teenager. When he was seventeen, he felt a stirring in his heart to use music to draw people’s hearts into the Lord’s presence. Jon believes this is the essential purpose of music. He’s passionate about creating music that will magnify the Lord’s awesome name while connecting people with His heart.

For all the latest information on Jon Thurlow, go to or visit the official Different Story page at

About Forerunner Music: Forerunner Music is the official record label of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, Mo., an evangelical missions organization centered on 24/7 worship and prayer. Having released more than 165 albums since its inception in 2001, the label has produced records for artists such as Misty Edwards, Laura Hackett Park and Cory Asbury. Forerunner Music albums have reached as high as No. 9 on the Billboardcharts and No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian & Gospel charts, and have received two GMA Dove Award nominations. Visit for more information.

About the International House of Prayer of Kansas City: The International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) community exists to partner in the Great Commission by advancing 24/7 prayer and proclaiming the beauty of Jesus and His glorious return. Since September of 1999, bands averaging 10 or more singers and musicians have led an unending cycle of two-hour prayer-and-worship sets—all day and night—in the ministry’s Global Prayer Room. The ministry streams this continual worship and prayer live on its website and mobile apps that is watched by tens of thousands of people each day around the world.

IHOPKC includes a university (IHOPU) with ministry, worship, media and missions schools. The organization is committed to justice and compassion outreaches involving human trafficking, inner-city programs and adoption. IHOPKC’s vision is to work in relationship with the wider Body of Christ to see the release of God’s power and to walk out the two great commandments: to love God and to love people. It is an evangelical missions organization with a growing community of about 4,000. Visit for more information.

SOURCE: Hoganson Media

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