Creative Soul Records artist Leslie McKee is set to release a new single today when "What You're Made Of" goes for adds at Christian INSPO and Christian AC radio. The song, produced by internationally-acclaimed producer Eric Copeland, was written by hit songwriters Molly Reed, Jeff Pardo, Justin Ebach, and Robbie Earle. The single is off McKee's new album, which is garnering rave reviews, titled "Another Mile."
JesusFreakHideout.com, which compared McKee to Francesca Battistelli, said: "Leslie McKee's faith and love for Jesus really shines through in her music, and 'Another Mile' is the latest example of her desire to share this with others. It's an album that could hold its own against some of the bigger names in the CCM world, and those looking for some encouragement would do well to pick up a copy."
McKee has shared a message of redemption, restoration, and relationship woven through songs and stories from her heart and life since releasing her debut EP, "True to You" on Creative Soul Records in 2009. Her single, "What Love Looks Like", was produced by Grammy and Dove Award-winning producer Phil Naish, and was included on the 2013 "We Are Creative Soul" project celebrating the 15th anniversary of Creative Soul Records. In December 2016, McKee released a Christmas single titled "Jesus Born on This Day," which is also included on another Creative Soul Records compilation project, "Timeless Christmas."
On "Another Mile," McKee has partnered with Copeland and some of Nashville's finest musicians, producers, and writers on a project that delivers a mix of pop-infused tunes and powerful ballads.
"'Another Mile' is the culmination of the many miles traveled to work on this project and the many places my heart has journeyed over the past few years," McKee said. "My desire is that my life experiences will be used as a platform to shine the light of Jesus into the dark places...that the songs on this album will offer hope to the broken in spirit and will encourage those who are weary to keep holding on."
While McKee reveals a whole new side to herself artistically on the new album, what hasn't changed is her desire to share the love of Jesus with those around her. She doesn't shy away from talking about real life and hopes that by doing so, others will know they are not alone in their struggles.
"Life has a way of coming at us, sometimes good, and sometimes hard," she said. "In those hard times, it may take all we have to get up in the morning and will ourselves to breathe. We need something or someone to hold on to, and that something is hope and is found in the person of Jesus Christ. There have been many times when I've felt like giving up, but I've come out on the other side alive and full of hope. I want to be able to encourage others to hold on!"
In addition to having an active concert ministry, McKee is a respected worship leader. She has served in church music ministry in different capacities for more than 25 years and has focused on worship leadership for the past 15 years. Her passion and sensitivity to the Spirit are evident through the worship times she plans and leads.
McKee is currently touring throughout Pennsylvania this summer in support of the new music.