Timmons wrote "I Belong" during a church retreat along with other talented writers: David Leonard and Leslie Jordan (of All Sons and Daughters), Jacob Stillman, Ethan Hulse (Zach Williams, Tauren Wells), Sarah MacIntosh (Matt Redman, Michael W. Smith), Andrew Ripp (Ryan Cabrera) and Stephanie Skipper ("The Voice" contestant). Besides sharing her voice, Amy Grant had a poignant part in the development of the song as well.
Timmons, who met Grant many times when he was a child, shares, "Her music literally shaped me as a musician and as an honest songwriter. She is the exact person you'd hope she'd be - kind, generous, thoughtful, and truly gifted. Amy has become a good friend, so when I thought about who should sing with me on the song, I just thought why not ask her?! We ended up writing the bridge together. I'm so honored by her and her friendship."
"I Belong" is a portrait of Timmons' own awakening and an invitation for every listener to discover the abundant life beyond religion. "What could happen if we grasped how much we're all loved and accepted by Jesus no matter what, and then lived like it was actually true?" Timmons proclaims. "What if we were found singing from the mountain tops 'Hallelujah, I belong' even on our worst day? That would be a game changer."
The single is the first song out of the gate for Timmons' next season and written in a difficult time for his community when shame, loneliness, doubt, division and fear were the overarching narratives. "The eight of us got together to write a song that would help our church community sing bold prayers," he recounts. "This prayer has been life-giving for all of us. And the more that we live like this is true, we are finding freedom, rest and joy where there once was none. This is the kind of prayer that I want my kids and their kids to remember and shout out: Hallelujah, I belong here. In Your presence safe and secure. I see hope coming on the horizon, there's no need for hiding, because I belong."
Along with writing his own music, Timmons has penned songs for other artists such as MercyMe and their GRAMMY and Dove-nominated single "Even If." Co-written with Crystal Lewis and MercyMe's Bart Millard, the track took home the "Song of the Year" award at the 2018 K-LOVE Fan Awards held this past summer. Timmons toured with MercyMe this past spring and will hit the road with them again this fall for the band's Imagine Nation Tour along with Tenth Avenue North. The tour kicks off October 4 in Indiapolis, IN and will wrap November 4 in Bangor, ME.
Two years ago, Timmons founded 10000 MINUTES, a non-profit equipping ministry that invites people to practice Jesus' words and principle in every minute of their week, not just the 80 minutes that the church is gathered each Sunday. Executed through various creative outlets such as live performances, weekly blogs, a podcast, videos, songwriting, devotionals, worship leader interaction, speaking, and film/TV production and conferences. 10000 MINUTES reaches nearly 8,000 people via email and more than 10,000 via text weekly. Through the ministry, Timmons has been able to release a children's EP, Who I Am, that he's been able to share with thousands of kids each summer. To learn more about 10000 MINUTES or to read Timmons' weekly blog, be sure to visit 10000minutes.com.
Timmons also currently serves as the Small Groups Pastor at Journey Church in Franklin, TN. more information, please visit TimTimmonsMusic.com and on his social links.
Fall tour dates with MercyMe*:
Oct. 4 - Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 5 - Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 6 - Bourbonnais, IL
Oct. 7 - Ypsilanti, MI
Oct. 11 - Jackson, MS
Oct. 12 - New Orleans, LA
Oct. 13 - Tyler, TX
Oct. 14 - San Antonio, TX
Oct. 19 - Salisbury, MD
Oct. 20 - Charlottsville, VA
Oct. 21 - Charleston, WV
Oct. 25 & 26 - Independence, MO
Oct. 27 - Wichita, KS
Oct. 28 - North Little Rock, AR
Nov. 1 - Newark, DE
Nov. 2 - Utica, NY
Nov. 3 - Portland, ME
Nov. 4 - Bangor, ME
*Tour dates subject to change; check Tim Timmons' tour page for the most updated schedule
Source: Merge PR