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THE BEATITUDES PROJECT SHINES HOPE AMIDST DEEPEST HUMAN SUFFERING

 
 

 

 

Stories Of Death, Loss, Mourning Inspire “Carry On”

Featuring Michael W. Smith On 5-Star Acclaimed Beatitudes Album

 

“When all hope seems lost, when we can’t fix it, when we are grieving the absence of righteousness and justice, when there is no joy— God is on our side.” – Stu Garrard

 

 

Stories found in The Beatitudes Project resonate with the most overwhelming of human emotions. While all humanity has dealt with, or will deal with death, loss, this project reveals the upside-down message of the Beatitudes that God is found in the midst of mourning, and promises to bring comfort.

 

That message of hope is especially found in the song “Carry On” written by Stu Garrard, Ian Cron and multiple GRAMMY Award-winning, Platinum-selling recording artist Michael W. Smith in the wake of Smith’s father’s death. The song fleshes out Matthew 5:4’s “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

 

“I love the chorus of the song: Rolling waves of sorrow, rivers of grief. In the valley of the shadow, I feel you walking with me,” shares Smith who calls his dad one of the greatest men he’s ever known. “When I think about ‘blessed are those who mourn,’ I think about presence. I think about Emanuel, God with us… anybody who’s a God follower, if they were extremely honest with themselves, they probably feel the presence of God in the deepest valley of their lives.”

 

“There will always be this ache and lack and longing,” adds Garrard of the grand irony of humanness, our need for certainty in a world where it doesn’t really exist. “These are not conditions to be fixed. It’s not about finding a ladder to climb up, but about understanding that God is with us… I hope that this project can lift up some heads and encourage people in all kinds of tough situations to keep going with the realization that God is on their side.”

 

“Carry On” is featured on The Beatitudes Project 5-star-acclaimed, multi-artist Beatitudes album that has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo! Music, Apple Music, CCM Magazine, NewReleaseToday.com, National Catholic Reporter, JesusFreakHideout, Christian Musician magazine and many others, and which released to digital and physical retailers worldwide from Stugiology Music with management, marketing and distribution through The Fuel Music.

Michael W. Smith is pictured at The Smoakstack recording studio while recording “Carry On” for Beatitudes.
Pictured is Beatitudes “Carry On” lyrics, as well as artwork by noted musicians/artists Jimmy Abegg and Cory Basil.
The project is also a book, Words From The Hill (An Invitation to the Unexpected) available now from NavPress, and a documentary film, View From the Hill, currently in production. It is the culmination of GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award-winning musician, producer and author Stu Garrard’s (Stu G) 15-year excavation of these “blessings at the bottom of life.”

 

In addition to those that mourn, The Beatitudes Project reveals a wide world of connected stories: real people from all faiths and walks of life who embody mercy, poverty, meekness, the hungry and thirsty, the mourners, the peacemakers and the pure in heart—as seen, heard and experienced through a 21st century lens.

 

Garrard’s own seasons of mourning are chronicled in chapter 2 of the book, “Mourn—The Grief of Change,” where he writes about the untimely death of his friend Joe Cox, his family dog Buddy, and his next-door neighbor. He also writes about a lesson in God’s presence from actor, activist and Catholic Martin Sheen, and about the loss he felt following the end of his band Delirious? in 2009.

 

“I missed the raw passion, the vision, the sense that we were going somewhere and saying something,” writes Garrard in Words From the Hill. “I missed playing the music we’d written together, and I missed standing alongside Martin [Smith] at the front of the stage, helping to steer a movement with prophetic vision.”

 

Remarkably, Delirious? lead vocalist Martin Smith joins Garrard to write and record “Holy Troublemakers” for Beatitudes, marking the first time these two have recorded together since their band disbanded.

 

Other artists featured on the album include Amy Grant (“Morning Light”), Hillsong UNITED (“The View from Here”), Matt Maher (“Oh Mercy”), John Mark McMillan (“Heaven Is Around Us”), Audrey Assad, All Sons & Daughters, Amanda Cook, Propaganda (“Make A Little Trouble”), The Brilliance, Anthony Skinner (“Oh Blessed”), Terrian Bass and Becky Harding. Collectively, these artists have sold more than 62 million records, won 11 Grammy, 90 Dove Awards and amassed dozens of hit songs and millions of followers on social media.

 

For all the latest news and information regarding The Beatitudes Project, go to www.thebeatitudesproject.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

 

About Stugiology Music:

Stugiology Music is a record label formed by Stu Garrard, who is perhaps best-known as the guitarist / songwriter for the RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning British band Delirious?. He is also a founding member of One Sonic Society (although no longer with the band) and recorded and released his first solo project in 2013, Of Burdens, Birds, and Stars. When not touring with Michael W. Smith or adding his sonic paint to Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Meredith Andrews, All Sons & Daughters, Amy Grant and many others’ recordings, Garrard is writing, recording, speaking, leading worship and working with JHS on a custom line of guitar pedals. He lives in Nashville with his wife Karen. For all the latest Stu Garrard news and tour information, go to www.stugworld.com.

 

About The Fuel Music:

Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management Co., LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. 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.

 

About NavPress:

The NavPress mission is to advance the calling of The Navigators by bringing biblically rooted, culturally relevant, and highly practical products to people who want to know and love Christ more deeply. Through The Message Bible and other insightful resources, NavPress seeks to bring positive spiritual movement to peoples’ lives. In January 2014, NavPress entered into an alliance with Tyndale House Publishers to strengthen and better position NavPress and its rich content for the future. NavPress provides books and other content that bring spiritual impact, life transformation, and help lead in the mission of making disciples. A NavPress resource published in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., NAVPRESS and the NAVPRESS logo are registered trademarks of NavPress, The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO.

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