Singer and songwriter Jared Anderson has just released his new single "Arrival," a new song to help us celebrate Christmas. Anderson will be performing this new Christmas song as well as other Christmas favorites at a "Friends of Club 21" concert on December 15th. Friends of Club 21 exists to support children with Down Syndrome in South Africa.
Anderson writes on Facebook: "I want to tell you about an event that's coming up Tuesday December 15th, 2015 that's actually called 15th of December. It's a family event with holiday music, children performing, Santa and his wife, carols and singing, cider and cookies. The concert is a benefit for Friends of Club 21 which helps support a school for children with Downs syndrome in South Africa.
Earlier in the year, on March 31st, Anderson released Where I Am Right Now which features a combination of new material and songs that were made famous by other Christian artists, such as "Almighty" that was recorded by Chris Tomlin. Grammy award-winning producer, Seth Mosley, was at the production helm for Where I Am Right Now and the title track was the lead single.
"During the songwriting and recording of this project, I've come to realize that a genre of music exists because a lifestyle exists," explains Anderson. "People who write country music don't just write it, they live it. Christian music is the same. Our ears respond to our values. To be a disciple of Jesus is the highest job description anyone will ever have. I pray that my music will expand people's imagination about God."
With a mixture of strong ballads and rhythmic up-tempo songs, Where I Am Right Now spotlights such selections as "Forgiven," with lyrics that make you feel the embrace of Christ's love, while "Sweet Salvation" delivers a steady percussion backbeat with harmonies that are reminiscent of the 60's doo-wop groups, and "We Are Free," a pop infused thank you to Christ for his redemption. The title track delivers a powerful message of being content of where we are at the moment. I'm called to be where I am right now/In the middle of a storm but I have no doubt/You are here with me/You are here with me/I won't give in or second guess/I'm trusting you with every step/Father you are here with me."