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SANDRA MCCRACKEN RELEASES GOD’S HIGHWAY SEPT. 9

 

Title Track, First Single “Steadfast”

Both Available Now With Preorder

 

McCracken Joins All Sons & Daughters for Fall Tour

 

Singer, worship leader, record producer and modern-day hymn writer Sandra McCracken, whose soulful, folk-gospel sound carries influences of artists like Emmylou Harris and Nora Jones, is set to release her eleventh independent studio album, God’s Highway, on Towhee Records with Tone Tree Music distribution.

 

While Sandra McCracken’s most recent and critically acclaimed Psalms album (2015) has served as a healing balm to audiences globally, sharing an honest conversation about suffering and faith, God’s Highway moves the conversation ahead with 11 new songs inspired by sacred Biblical poetry. A collection of prayer songs, the album reminds listeners that the circumstances of their lives can be both broken and beautiful, and that they can take great hope in a God who is with them even still.

 

“We are singing ourselves forward,” declares McCracken. “We are singing ourselves out of the shadows. The voices of the saints who have walked this path before us are in our ears and in our memories. And the shepherd’s voice is ever before and behind us, clear and beautiful—altogether trustworthy.”

 

For McCracken, who spent her childhood harmonizing in the church choir, accompanying groups on the piano, singing solos during the offertory and writing new hymns for her congregation to sing, and who now serves as worship minister for a small, Anglican church plant, God’s Highway feels like a ‘coming home’ to her heart for the church.

 

“When I wrote and recorded the Psalms album, it was like walking through a doorway into a new landscape,” says McCracken. “After many fulfilling years as an independent singer and songwriter, writing songs about my experiences and relationships, God began to recalibrate my heart more specifically toward writing songs for people to sing together.”

 

This intentional, communal aspect of God’s Highway is being encouraged through free song sheets and chord charts for the album that will be available from www.SandraMcCracken.com when the album releases. McCracken will also travel coast-to-coast sharing the new songs while on tour with All Sons & Daughters this fall.

 

McCracken was also joined by All Sons & Daughters’ Leslie Jordan, as well as Joshua Silverberg, to write “Steadfast,” the first single and video from God’s Highway that is available now with a preorder of the album on iTunes. The song calls attention to the faithfulness of God.

 

“It’s the Tom Petty-language of basically saying, ‘I won’t back down.’ It’s God’s defiance against all that is broken and His ultimate victory over those things,” says McCracken. “And the way He accomplishes that is by His own steadfast, unrelenting, pursuing love. So I am staking everything on that and it gives me confidence to sing it even on the days that I’m not so sure how I feel.”

 

The album also features the song “Love Will Bring You Home,” which highlights a believer’s ultimate destiny, while the title track, written with Thad Cockrell and available with preorder now, was sparked by a painful day in McCracken’s life. “In the pain, there was triumph and strength coming up around my heart, too. God’s strength was tangibly becoming my support…I know now how much I was being carried. I hope this song goes on with God’s Spirit, to carry others as well.”

 

The full Sandra McCracken, God’s Highway track listing follows:

 

01)     Steadfast

02)     God’s Highway

03)     Call Him Good (Psalm 104)

04)     Trinity Song (Feat. All Sons & Daughters)

05)     Love Will Bring You Home

06)     The Lord’s Prayer

07)     He Walks With Me (1 Peter)

08)     Come Light Our Hearts

09)     Be Still My Soul (Psalm 131)

10)     Doxology (Jude 23-24)

11)     Song For Rachel

 

“This is a record worth listening on repeat, and it’s full of great songs for the church to sing together,” says Mike Cosper, author and worship pastor at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY.” …Sandra has given us a wonderful gift.”

 

About Sandra McCracken:

Sandra McCracken’s prolific contributions as a songwriter, modern-day hymn writer, and record producer has brought grace and clarity to her soulful, folk-gospel sound. Whether in a theater or in a chapel, she is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what church music sounds like, captivating and inviting audiences to sing along. While many of her songs like “We Will Feast In The House Of Zion” and “Thy Mercy My God” have settled into regular rotation in Christian worship services internationally, she has also had songs recorded by All Sons & Daughters, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Audrey Assad, BiFrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She is further a founding member of Indelible Grace Music and Rain For Roots (children’s music) and has been a guest writer for Art House America, She Reads Truth, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, RELEVANT Magazine and more.

 

For all the latest information on Sandra McCracken, including her touring, free chord charts and more, go to www.SandraMcCracken.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

About Tone Tree Music:

Established in 2010, Tone Tree Music offers sales, retail marketing, distribution and project management for its artists. Tone Tree Music has represented such acclaimed artists as The Civil Wars, Lindsey Stirling, Holly Williams, John Mark McMillan, Matthew Perryman Jones, Joy Williams, Audrey Assad, Peter Bradley Adams, Jars of Clay, Ruelle, Nashville Indie Spotlight, Jillian Edwards, Halfnoise and more. (www.tonetreemusic.com)

HOUSEFIRES III KINDLES EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSE

HOUSEFIRES III KINDLES EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSE, ALBUM

TOPS CHARTS AMIDST ACCLAIM IN ITS DEBUT WEEK AT RETAIL

 

HOUSEFIRES’ “Good, Good Father” Garners Two Dove Award Nominations

 

HOUSEFIRES Plays 5-Star Acclaimed New Music On Outcry Tour With

Hillsong Worship, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, More

 

 

HOUSEFIRES, a group of musicians from Atlanta, GA who pursue authentic worship of God, released their third full-length album, HOUSEFIRES III, amidst 5-star acclaim August 12 through The Fuel Music. In its debut week at retail, the album hit No. 1 on the SoundScan Praise & Worship, No. 3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums, No. 2 on the UK Official Christian & Gospel Albums and No. 24 on Australia’s overall Aria Digital Albums charts. The album also held onto the No. 1 position on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Albums chart in the U.S. all week while hitting as high as No. 6 on the iTunes overall Albums chart.

 

 

HOUSEFIRES III perpetuates the organic root and sound of the unique Grace Midtown church worship community that consists of almost 50 house churches—small gatherings of regular people who meet in individual homes—in and around metropolitan Atlanta.  HOUSEFIRES organically formed out of this movement in 2014 and is perhaps best-known for their song from HOUSEFIRES II, “Good, Good Father,” a modern classic anthem popularized by Chris Tomlin that has spread like wildfire worldwide.

 

Remarkably, “Good, Good Father,” written by HOUSEFIRES members Pat Barrett and Tony Brown, also garnered both a “Song of the Year” and “Worship Song of the Year” Gospel Music Association Dove Award nomination the same week that HOUSEFIRES III released. The nominees for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced Aug. 10 from Lipscomb University, which is where the awards show will take place Oct. 11 and will air Oct. 16 on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

 

With a 5-star average from multiple reviews on iTunes, and as HOUSEFIRES III streams now on RELEVANT Magazine’s “The Drop,” here is how the critics are responding to the album:

 

“Anyone who needs to remember God’s fierce love in their lives will benefit from the songs in III, as HOUSEFIRES have created an uplifting atmosphere of worship on this album.” – NewReleaseToday.com

 

“Meaningful, resonant songs… HOUSEFIRES are set to become a familiar, welcome name for albums to come.” – CCM Magazine

 

“Once again HOUSEFIRES have created a live worship album that is parallel to none.” – JesusWired.com

 

“In a world full of overly-studio-manipulated ‘live’ worship albums, it’s refreshing to hear one that sounds like it’s in a real room, at a real church, with real people worshiping…the musical tightness is acclaim worthy. God is revealed and God is praised on this album.” – WorshipTeachCoach.com

 

“…HOUSEFIRES’ mission to create music that finds its way into homes, bringing them alive with the light of Christ, will be realized with these songs of worship.” – TheChristianBeat.com (5-star review)

 

Theologically astute, lyrically refined, intimate and joyful, HOUSEFIRES III reflects the near-intangible warmth of live worship unencumbered by any agenda other than to create space for the Spirit of God to move.  “Our hope is that these songs would spark fires that burn bright in ordinary houses all over the world,” says HOUSEFIRES members collectively.

 

Taking their new songs and worship favorites on tour, HOUSEFIRES is being featured on the major market Outcry Tour, which continues in Phoenix, AZ Aug. 24 and hits San Diego, CA, Las Vegas, NV and Concord, CA, before wrapping up in Anaheim, CA Aug. 29. The tour also features Hillsong Worship, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Elevation Worship and more.

 

For all the latest HOUSEFIRES news and tour information, go to www.housefires.org, Facebook.com, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

 

About The Fuel Music:

Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC, is one of the leading independent distributors of music though all physical and digital channels internationally and enjoys a growing base in artist merchandise sales. Based in Tennessee, the Fuel team brings nearly 70 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations, major label distribution and marketing, and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY Award nominated, multi-platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at www.thefuelmusic.com.