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 andBecky 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 towww.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 atwww.thefuelmusic.com.
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