This album is about surrender.
And surrender is about trust. It is about trusting in the goodness of God and believing He has wonderful things in store for us. It's about the joy that comes from a completely surrendered life.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." With that wonderful promise comes the subtle temptation to misinterpret the verse to mean that God will always let us know exactly what His plan is. :) But when life is uncertain, a good balancing perspective is found in Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
I was laying awake one night, newly married, still trying to figure out what to do with my life. I wrestled with that question through the night and came out the other side with a prayer and a song:
I surrender my life to Your blood
I surrender my name for Your glory
I surrender my heart to Your will
I surrender my dreams to the plans You have for me
Thank You for showing me the emptiness of all I held onto
I surrender it all
I surrender my everything for you...
In a way, this is my own fleshing out of Philippians 3:7-10, in which the Apostle Paul says that he considers everything he once valued to be worthless compared to the joy of knowing Christ Jesus as his Lord.
Flash-forward to now...
It's hard to believe that was nearly 10 years ago. In April of this year I left my full-time job and started working as a self-employed artist - this EP is my first project since beginning self-employment (read, "Please help me make this faith-venture work!").
Recording-wise, I've learned a bit since going into the studio to record "I Surrender" the first time, and I really wanted to give this song (as well as "I'm In His Hands" and others) the treatment it deserves. And even though this is an EP, I've got some pretty cool things happening in the way of collaboration.
First up, my friend Damien Horne will be singing with me on a track called "Love's Reflection" (co-written with Jason Pope). Damien is blowing up huge at the moment as 1/3 of the Nashville-based trio The Farm, but more importantly than that, Damien has a heart of gold and loves the Lord.
Next up is a gospel choir from Sweden called Vasa Gospel. These guys are super-talented and have a great witness, touring the world and singing and sharing the good news of Jesus both inside and outside church walls. They are currently touring Australia and I am really stoked about the possibility of them singing on this EP!
Finally, we're contracting the fabulous Sydney Lyric Orchestra to provide a string section for the recording and give this EP a little bit of class! Man, I love strings - can't wait to get in the studio to hear them record.
There are several other surprises in store and also some familiar faces that will be helping out. Thanks so much for making this album possible! Can't wait to share the new songs with you...
- (33 days)