Singer and songwriter April Shipton returns with her brand new Homegrown Worship single "Take Salvation's Way."
Shipton writes: "Take Salvation's Way is a wake up call with an air horn. It's an ice bucket challenge before you're out of bed. It's also crazy catchy and such a fun little song! It's got the classic Andy Baker "can't get it out of my head" effect, and co-author Rob Troman's direct urgency. We hope you love it!"
Co-writter Rob Troman shares the story behind the song: "Jesus's return, referred to in Paul's letter to Titus as the blessed hope of the church, will be when Jesus comes back with his saints to rapture the church. A recurring theme in a number of my lyrics and a compelling sense that world events are fast approaching the Day has given an increasing urgency for us as a sleeping church to tell the Good News of salvation and eternal life through song to a public that no longer hears the Gospel in our lands.
'Take Salvations Way' was a frank outpouring of that lament. A directness that came to me with the first line on forgiveness for whatever we have done and became more urgent with a longing to tell out Salvations message for today - simply and boldly. Jesus's parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:16-20) is disarmingly direct: he thought he had plenty of time to enjoy life, but God had news for him: "This very night your life will be demanded from you" (verse 20). Inwardly we may think we can put off accepting Jesus but none of us knows when our time on earth is up. We have today-we have the present moment-and, if we are hearing his voice we should not harden our hearts and keep putting off our need of repentance and saving belief in God's Son . The line 'Tomorrow may be too late' is unequivocal. Wisdom tells us "Today is the day of Salvation". We ignore it at our eternal peril.
Andy Baker's foot-tapping tune and April's straight-from-the-shoulder treatment may rattle some cages but certainly gets right to the point. I can't get it out of my head!"
About April Shipton:
April's songwriting is as skilled as it is heartfelt. She is no stranger to struggles, having suffered with anorexia and depression as an adolescent, but she experienced the mighty power of Jesus when a Christian friend prayed for her healing, and her mental health problems stopped immediately. Her testimony and songs are a powerful combination which she brings together during her acclaimed performances, including on the BBC stage at the internationally renowned Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in 2017.
BBC Introducing's Hereford and Worcester presenter Andrew Marston said, "April has some incredible stories to tell and some very deep and meaningful lyrics. A rising star on the local scene, with inspiring songs from somebody who just wants to help others." His words reflect the profound response April has received from listeners across the UK and beyond. Reviews on social media have been unanimously 5 stars, and recommendations include: "You are a wonderful inspiration to so many."
For new and growing Christians seeking faith-building, authentic Christian music, April Shipton is one to watch and Panoramic is a must-add to your playlist.