Tony Cummings reports on the eagerly awaited new JESUS CULTURE album
The first album since the internationally acclaimed worship revivalists Jesus Culture severed their link with Redding, California's Bethel Music and set up a new church, record label and home base in Sacramento, will be released worldwide on January. 'Let It Echo' will be released on 15th January 2016 through Jesus Culture Music and their recently forged deal with Capitol Christian Music Group. Said Jesus Culture's singer, worship leader and the president of Jesus Culture Music, Kim Walker-Smith, "This last year was a tough season for us as a community and the songs we wrote for this album reflect the breakthrough, the victory and the growth we have experienced through that. I believe there is a new maturity in our writing that comes from a place of deep intimacy with Jesus. My hope is that as people listen to the album they will encounter Jesus and be filled with hope, life, joy and fresh passion for his presence. I pray that the message of life and Jesus that fills these songs would echo within the hearts of the listeners and across the nations."
'Let It Echo' is Jesus Culture's ninth live album but the first recorded in their new hometown. The album features 12 new songs featuring Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, Bryan & Katie Torwalt and others. Said Quilala, "As we chose to praise through every circumstance, we became even more aware of the eternal kingdom that we are anchored in. Music and song have been healing for my soul and as I began writing my heart was renewed with the truth that God is always good and always with us. One of the most rewarding moments of the year was the privilege of leading these songs at our new church. The church has been such a huge support through the hardest season of my life, and hearing them proclaim these songs at the top of their lungs felt like a beautiful sound of victory, not only for myself but for us as a community."
Jesus Culture will be debuting the new songs live at their annual conference in Sacramento on January 23rd-24th. Their last release, 2014's 'Unstoppable Love', climbed to number two on the iTunes overall chart and debuted at number 25 on America's mainstream Top 200 chart and number one on the overall Top Christian/Gospel Albums Billboard retail chart. Jesus Culture have sold more than one million albums since their debut project in 2005 and garnered over 34.5 million views on YouTube.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.