For decades, The Inspirations have served God, using their music to minister and spread the gospel. Though the Biblical messages stay the same, the stories never get old for those who hear them and are uplifted by God's promises. On their latest album, Ever Old, Ever New, The Inspirations once again tell that good news with their signature sound. The album, now available for pre-order, will be released April 10 on Horizon Records.
Inspiring the album's title, the first single "Forever Settled" captures that theme of God's truth never changing. Featuring Roland Kesterson on the verses, the song then breaks into a true traditional quartet style, with Marlin Shubert stepping out on the bass vocal.
The Inspirations sing about keeping the Church traditions alive on "1945" and "I Like The Songs That Mama Sang The Best." A reminder of a simpler time, "1945" features Archie Watkins singing about keeping the tenets of church alive, and not losing the power of services. "I Like The Songs That Mama Sang The Best," a remake of an Inspirations classic, takes listeners back in time with vivid memories of hymns that have become traditional in church.
On Ever Old, Ever New, The Inspirations also explore how to live a faithful life that will get us to heaven. "Show Them Love," written by Sandy Knight and producer Jeff Collins, explains that the best way to answer the call to share the gospel is to act in the image of Jesus and love everyone you meet. The upbeat "Enter In" features a country sound and Wyatt Austin on bass vocals. After living a faithful life, Jesus will welcome you as you enter into heaven. "Then What" caught Watkins' ear because of how it tells life's story. People plan and work hard throughout life, but rarely do they give life after this one much thought, even though it is inevitable.
The only instrumental on the album, the classic "I'll Fly Away" features Luke Vaught playing guitars, keyboards, pedal steel, upright bass, mandolin, dobro and fiddle.
Other songs include "He Turned When I Touched Him" about reaching out to God to be made whole; "Home Is Sounding Sweeter," written and sung by Kesterson; "Knowing You're There" a reminder to thank God for blessings featuring Eddie Deitz; and "On The Right Side," which closes the album with the crucifixion story and finding salvation through Christ.
While keeping their signature style, The Inspirations have crafted a collection of songs that speak powerfully to those who hear them. Ever Old, Ever New reaffirms The Inspirations' place as one of Southern Gospel's most beloved groups.
Pre-order Ever Old, Ever New HERE.
About The Inspirations
The Inspirations first formed in 1964 in Bryson City, North Carolina and became full time in 1969 after hosting their first "Singing In The Smokies" event. With a number of hit songs through the 1970s, the group rose to national attention and joined the Gospel Singing Jubilee Television program. In January of 1970, they secured their first #1 song on the Singing News Chart, "Jesus Is Coming Soon," marking just the beginning of their chart-topping success. In November of 1973, The Inspirations held the #1 spot for 12 months with "Touring That City." It was followed with the success of "When I Wake Up To Sleep No More" in 1974 and "Jesus Is Mine" in 1976. In 2001, The Inspirations recorded their first album with Horizon Records, titled Pure Vintage. The album's first song, "I'll Not Turn My Back On Him Now," returned the group to the top of the Singing News chart after 26 years. It was followed with more #1 tracks with "I Have Not Forgotten" and "If You Only Knew." The Inspirations are Archie Watkins, Eddie Deitz, Marlin Shubert, Roland Kesterson, Wyatt Austin and Luke Vaught.