- Thanks everyone who helped us get to our goal early! And thanks to others who are still jumping on board. Yes, you can continue to contribute and qualify for the limited edition gifts if you pledge before 10pm EDT on March 18.
City Church Eastside has commissioned singer-songwriter Troy Bronsink, in collaboration with other local musicians, to record an indie album of original songs and arrangements. The project will be recorded professionally beginning with live performances the weekend of March 24, followed by studio recording, mixing, and mastering. All the artwork –from concert promotion to CD art and web materials– will be original work of City Church folks as well.
Songs to Pray By will be an album expressing that place where contemplation meets inspiration. For months now a four piece band has preparing for this by tightening the arrangements of the songs that we sing at City Church (as well as a couple newbies). Soon the band will add additional instrumentation and vocalists from City Church and the wider Atlanta artistic community to prepare for a larger sound, akin to that of Band of Horses, Swell Season, and Wilco.
Thanks to the donation of time by so many artists we are able to keep the total project costs down to $10,000. The church is gifting $5,000 of that from their general budget but for this project to happen, we need to raise the additional $5,000 from you through Kickstarter by March 18.
- Stay tuned for other gifts at the $100 level that may include concert posters or photography
We are in the process of narrowing down a show set list from about 20 songs. Then the album will be compiled from that show list. The songs range from: more ambient repetitive phrases (Hold on to These Things & Love, Love, Love), new settings of hymns with original choruses (Be Thou My Vision, Canticle of the Turning), original congregational praise songs (Wildest Imaginations, O Blessed God), and americana/indie songs that refer to pray and contemplation (Listening, Hoping For Forgiveness).
Neither, the album will be something that captures unique band writing and playing, but there will be places where the congregation will be especially called upon to take the whole chorus or to sing multiple parts, verses or descants (think Feist meets Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park). Also, the band formed by playing in a very cavernous gallery space, and so, while we are a rock band, we have developed a very open and ambient sound similar at times to Kurt Vile's War on Drugs project.
We're looking into that. Let us know in the comments if this is something that interests you.
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