The new Let The Ground Rest versions on B-Sides include the title track, “God Is Love,” and the Air1 Radio Network-featured “Springtime.” Each of these songs were also captured on video for The Smoakstack Sessions video documentary, which was premiere-streamed this week on YouTube, and can be viewed below.
With B-Sides recorded in the famed Nashville studio The Smoakstack and produced by five-time GRAMMY-nominated Paul Moak, the new music is a window into how the songs were formed while on tour.
“2020 has been really hard,” states Renzema. “I think it has been a journey for me as a writer and a person, discovering what it even means to be content, what it means to let your plans change. A lot of what I wrote for the last project has taken on new meaning in the pandemic and singing about waiting on a season to change or sitting it out through a hard time means a lot more to me now that it did then.”
“It’s really easy to think that God is in the growth, but that He’s not in the empty field. It’s an unfortunate thing that we tie together the barren field as somehow a sign of a lack of favor or of God’s presence, but things need to rest in order to grow,” shares Renzema. “You can be upset that your plans got destroyed or you can find a new way forward.”
Receiving a 2020 Dove Award nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” Renzema is continuing to offer new music to his growing base of fans worldwide. Logging more than 8.75 million streams across multiple platforms in its first week at retail and streaming outlets, Let The Ground Rest caused Jesusfreakhideout.com to label Renzema “one of the best-kept secrets of the independent music scene” while NewReleaseToday.com says the recording “speaks to hope” in this season the world is in. In between the opening and closing tracks, Renzema shares real-life, hopeful messages along with worship in singles like “17” and “Better.” The latter song was written “as a sort of ‘get well soon’ card to the world, having no idea I’d be releasing it during a worldwide pandemic.”
ATR News CCM Staff Writer Eric Sahlstrom in Grand Rapids, MI contributed to this report.