Giving us another preview to his new album, recording artist and songwriter Chris Renzema has released a new single "Better." The new song will be available on 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/letthegroundres.
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.
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."