Recording artist and songwriter Chris Renzema announces the April 24 release of his sophomore, full-length album and Centricity Music debut, Let The Ground Rest. Available to pre-order / add / save now from https://chrisrenzema.lnk.to/letthegroundrest, the album's first single and opening track, "Springtime," is at digital retail and streaming outlets globally now.
With more than 35 million audio streams of his first album, I'll Be The Branches, over one million Spotify track saves over the last 12 months and Pandora naming him a 2020 "Artist to Watch," Renzema's acoustic, soul-stirring songs shift seamlessly from indie rock to folk worship to Americana; gritty but accessible, profound but listenable. His voice and lyrics cut to the bone as he sings about a hope that slices through life's inevitability, echoing the universality of both pain and praise.
"The heartbeat of whole album is the idea that growth comes from periods of rest, of barrenness. It's a process to see winter move to spring," conveys Renzema, reflecting on the theme behind Let The Ground Rest and first song he ever co-wrote, "Springtime," written with Hank Bentley. "It's a process to exist, to learn and understand God's love. While His love is not seasonal, we go through seasons as we understand and experience it. Spring is not spring without winter, and that process is a good thing."
With a groundswell of support from listeners flocking to his authenticity and messages of real-life hope, Renzema's momentum continues to build with over 700,000 listeners streaming his music monthly and thousands more experiencing his music live.
Following his first headline club tour that sold out venues coast-to-coast, Renzema embarks on his "The Boxer and The Bear 2.0 Tour" beginning in Memphis, Feb. 20, and hitting 27-cities in 18 states before wrapping up April 5 in Nashville. Remarkably, 40 percent of all available tickets to this upcoming tour are already sold with events in Denver, CO, Ames, IA and Grand Rapids, MI completely sold out.
See the full list of tour dates below:
2.20 MEMPHIS, TN The Hi-Tone Café TICKETS
2.21 TULSA, OK Vanguard TICKETS
2.23 LITTLE ROCK, AR Stickyz Rock-n-Roll Chicken Shack TICKETS
2.25 FAYETTEVILLE, AR George's Majestic Lounge TICKETS
2.26 AUSTIN, TX Parish TICKETS
2.28 BRYAN, TX Ice House on Main TICKETS
3.1 ROSWELL, NM The Liberty TICKETS
3.3 ALBUQUERQUE, NM The Jam Spot TICKETS
3.4 PHOENIX, AZ Valley Bar TICKETS
3.5 LOS ANGELES, CA Bootleg Theater TICKETS
3.7 SAN DIEGO, CA House of Blues San Diego (Presented by Cricket Wireless) TICKETS
3.9 SACRAMENTO, CA Harlows Upstairs TICKETS
3.11 SEATTLE, WA Tractor Tavern TICKETS
3.12 PORTLAND, OR Bunk Bar TICKETS
3.14 SPOKANE, WA The Pin TICKETS
3.17 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Kilby Court TICKETS
3.18 DENVER, CO Lost Lake Lounge TICKETS SOLD OUT
3.24 EVANSTON, IL Space TICKETS
3.25 MILWAUKEE, WI The Back Room @ Colectivo TICKETS
3.26 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7th St Entry TICKETS
3.28 AMES, IA The Maintenance Shop TICKETS SOLD OUT
3.30 GRAND RAPIDS, MI The Listening Room TICKETS SOLD OUT
3.31 PITTSBURGH, PA Club Café TICKETS
4.2 CINCINNATI, OH The Ludlow Garage TICKETS
4.3 CLEVELAND, OH Grog Shop TICKETS
4.4 KNOXVILLE, TN Open Chord Music TICKETS
4.5 NASHVILLE, TN The Basement East TICKETS
About Chris Renzema:
Hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, where he taught himself to play guitar and write songs while in high school, and now based in Nashville, Renzema's first indie album, I'll Be the Branches, includes the songs "How to Be Yours" and "You're the Only One" that have collectively racked up well over five million streams. The latter song was featured by Worship Leader magazine, and, like all of his early successes, this happened for Renzema organically through word of mouth and without any radio play or major marketing campaigns.
With his upcoming Let The Ground Rest, Renzema is resolute to stay focused on who he is as an artist. "The music we're making isn't being engineered to hit any playlists or radio or anything like that. The strategy is to let it hit the people that want it already and let that inform where it's going. We're taking the toolbox we have and refining it, not adjusting or changing or moving it."
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 Andrew Peterson, Apollo LTD, Caitie Hurst, Chris Renzema, Coby James, Jason Gray, Jonny Diaz, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle, Neon Feather, North Point Worship, 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 Awards, Billboard Awards, Dove Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, and multiple Gold and Platinum Albums and Singles. For more information on Centricity Music, visit www.centricitymusic.com.