"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," shares Kim Walker Smith, President of Jesus Culture Music and Jesus Culture Publishing. "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 the first album recorded live in front of their congregation in their new city where they planted the local expression of the Jesus Culture movement. The church celebrated the first anniversary of the campus in September, and these new recordings will go from their home base in California to the nations with the release of Let It Echo. This album includes 12 new songs featuring Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, and more.
"As we chose to praise through every circumstance, we became even more aware of the eternal kingdom that we are anchored in," states Jesus Culture worship leader Chris Quilala. "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."
This is the first Jesus Culture live recording that will be released since the CCMG partnership with Jesus Culture Music. Jesus Culture will be debuting the new songs live at their annual conference in Sacramento on January 23rd-24th. To register please visit www.jesusculture.com. Their last release from Jesus Culture, Unstoppable Love (2014), climbed to No. 2 on the iTunes overall chart and debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and No. 1 on the overall Top Christian/Gospel Albums Billboard retail chart.
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