Dove Award-nominated recording artist, songwriter and award-winning author Andrew Peterson releases the long-awaited album Resurrection Letters, Vol. I March 30 from Centricity Music. Releasing in time for Easter, the album is also available for preorder beginning today at iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Play and more digital outlets internationally through https://AndrewPeterson.lnk.to/RLVol1Preorder.
Resurrection Letters, Vol. I features songs like "I've seen Too Much," "His Heart Beats" (heard on Peterson's Behold the Lamb of God tour last year) and "Is He Worthy," which becomes the first video from the album premiere-streaming today from The Gospel Coalition at http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/andrew-peterson-resurrection-letters/.
Filmed at Scarritt Bennett's Wightman Chapel in Nashville, the video's one continuous take is meant to add visual beauty, simple elegance and serve the message of the song. Elements like the choir, strings, worshippers and drums are introduced fluidly as the declaration in the song is represented.
"The word 'liturgy' means 'the work of the people,' so a liturgical service implies community-not just listening to a pastor (though that happens) but edifying one another by reaffirming what we believe again and again. I wanted to write a song that did the same," says Peterson regarding the impetus behind "Is He Worthy."
"Revelation 5 contains one of the most beautiful and dramatic scenes in scripture, and is centered around the question, 'Is anyone worthy?'" continues Peterson. "The resounding answer is, 'Yes! And his name is Jesus.' That's what this whole album is about."
Produced by Ben Shive, Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is the prequel (think Star Wars) to the highly acclaimed album Peterson released and Shive produced in 2008, Resurrection Letters, Vol. II. While Vol. II is more about the implications of Christ's resurrection victory over sin and death in our own lives, Vol. I begins with the heartbeat of the resurrected Christ while exploring the resurrection itself and its centrality to Christianity. Ten years in the making, the celebratory new volume is meant to move listeners to a greater gratitude, awe and love for God.
"My dream for Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is that it would be the kind of record people turned up to eleven on Easter Sunday, when Christians all over the world celebrate something that happened-it really happened-two millennia ago," says Peterson.
But leading up to the celebration on Easter Sunday, Peterson offers his 5-star-acclaimed Resurrection Letters: Prologue, a collection of five "waiting songs" meant to remind listeners of the gravity of the crucifixion and to pique longing for the moment when morning breaks and Christ triumphs over the grave.
Available now from digital retailers everywhere and through https://AndrewPeterson.lnk.to/Prologue, Prologue was recently discussed on the Colson Center's"Breakpoint Podcast" and CCM Magazine calls the EP in its 5-star review "the finest poetry Peterson has written, set to a cinematic soundscape sometimes appropriately sparse and sometimes jarringly hopeful." Jesus Freak Hideout lauds, "it's hard to think of how Good Friday could be better and more-succinctly encapsulated than [with] this Prologue."
See more of Peterson's explanation of how the three-part Resurrection Letters came about, including why Vol. II came first and why the new volume was so long in the making, in a blog post at The Rabbit Room.
The most congregational songs that Peterson has ever recorded, Resurrection Letters, Vol. I and Resurrection Letters: Prologue will be available as digital-only releases along with a physical-only Deluxe Edition that will combine the music of both projects.
About Andrew Peterson:
Recording artist, songwriter, producer, filmmaker, publisher and award-winning author of The Wingfeather Saga series, Andrew Peterson is also host of the popular creative community known as The Rabbit Room (www.RabbitRoom.com) and recently launched a film and TV production company, Shining Isle Productions to produce the animated film based on his bestselling books. Peterson's studio album, The Burning Edge of Dawn (2015), debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Current Contemporary Christian Top Albums Chart becoming his highest charting record to date. Known for songs like "Dancing In The Minefields," "Be Kind To Yourself," "The Reckoning," "Don't You Want To Thank Someone," "The Silence Of God," "Nothing To Say," "You'll Find Your Way" and more, Peterson has also been named "one of the foremost singer/songwriters around" and has received multiple "best album of the year" nods from critics along with two Dove Award nominations. Taking his hits and fan favorites on the road, Peterson's touring draws capacity crowds at venues around the world, including several sold-out events at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
About Centricity Music:
Centricity is an independent Christian music company based in Franklin, Tenn. Founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity, its artist roster includes Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Caitie Hurst, Carrollton, For All Seasons, Jason Gray, JJ Weeks Band, Jonny Diaz, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle, Neon Feather, North Point InsideOut, Peabod and Unspoken. Providing label and publishing services, Centricity is a family-owned organization, and they like it that way. The committed work of its staff and artists has yielded successes such as Grammy nominations, Billboard Awards, Dove Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, a Gold Album and Gold Singles. For more information on Centricity Music, visit www.centricitymusic.com.