GMA Dove winners and former MSN “Artist of the Year” David Crowder*Band will release their fifth studio album, “Church Music,” on Sept. 22 from sixstepsrecords and EMI CMG Label Group.
Aptly titled, the band hopes their self-produced recording will prompt listeners to recognize the continual evolvement of music within the church as well as transport them into an awareness that we exist within the very presence of God, therefore allowing “church music” to happen anywhere.
“I hope this album serves as a reminder of music within the Church, of its richness and its broadness and the tension that exists in using elements of cultural language to express our collective experience and also still remain a transformative presence that is set apart,” admits band front man David Crowder.
To add to the uniqueness of the album, the 17 songs on the album play continuously from beginning to end with one song blending into the next. In order to accomplish this, the band poured an immense amount of work into the process, sequencing the tracks before anything had been recorded so keys and tempos could be finalized. The result: 73 full minutes of music and 17 tracks, which ably stand alone, while at the same time seamlessly join together.
The band’s first single received a warm welcome on iTunes capturing the No. 1 spot on the Christian and Gospel Singles chart the week it was released. “How He Loves” just debuted at No. 26 on the AC Indicator chart.
With more than 23,000 followers on Twitter and an active MySpace and Web site, David Crowder*Band gave fans the opportunity to follow the making of “Church Music” through live 24-hour studio web-cams and viral videos titled “Rockumentaries.”
With around 50,000 views, the four short films include parodies chronicling everything from a Twitter obsession to battling guitar solos for the new record.
On the heels of the highly successful Remedy Club tour which sold out notable clubs and theatres across the United States, David Crowder*Band will headline the Church Music Tour with opening acts Danyew and Seabird starting this October. Appropriately titled, most of the tour’s 32 stops will take place in churches across the country.
To view David Crowder*Band’s “Rockumentaries,” visit www.YouTube.com/DavidCrowderBand.