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Audrey Assad Draws Song Inspiration From Middle East Martyrs

      Critically lauded singer, songwriter and author, Audrey Assad, internationally releases her second independent album, Inheritance, Feb 12 on Fortunate Fall Records with Tone Tree Music distribution. A collection of hymns and original songs that both pay homage to her childhood heritage and to her Catholic faith and charismatic spirituality, three of the album’s tracks are available now to immediately download through a special iTunes pre-order: “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “It Is Well with My Soul” and “Even Unto Death.” The highly anticipated album has also already been pre-ordered by more than 4,000 fans through  PledgeMusic.

      Approaching all the songs on the new album with a sense of delicate appreciation balanced with artistic integrity, the inspiration for the original song Even Unto Death,” which was co-written with Matt Maher, came after Audrey heard of yet another martyrdom in the Middle East.

      “I thought of the many martyrs around the world, but especially those in the Middle East, and wondered to myself what would be running through my head if I knew my life was about to be taken because of my faith,” Audrey shares. “And so I began to write the song, praying for the martyrs and hoping for even a shred of their courage. That’s something I would want to sing about on Sundays.”

Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You

(From the chorus of “Even Unto Death”)

The song “It Is Well With My Soul” is featured on Inheritance as a special dedication to honor Audrey’s late grandmother. “My grandmother Helen’s tiny Jersey City apartment was fragrant at all times with the spices of her homeland, because she spent so much of her free time cooking food for her children and grandchildren—any other spare moments were spent praying or painting,” remembers Audrey. “If her tumultuous experiences leaving Syria and coming to the US affected her daily emotional life, we never knew it—she was a bastion of confidence in God’s providence and a quiet force of stability that anchored us all. When she died, we tearfully sang her favorite hymn, ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ at her funeral, and that song will forever ring out in my heart with her face and her spirit attached to it.”

The album and pre-order also features a cinematic take on Reginald Heber / John B. Dykes’ “Holy, Holy, Holy,” which begins in a whisper and ends in a burst of organs and vocals joining together in one triumphal flare of joy. This song, like all the tracks on Inheritance, infuse a modern sensibility with Audrey’s influences to form something entirely new.

       “I knew that Inheritance had to be much more than me going into the studio and simply doing pretty renditions of hymns we all know and love,” says Audrey. “I couldn’t be satisfied with that—I had to make something both bright and dark—colored honestly with my own doubts and weaknesses, so that the Lord who inspired these songs could be even more visible in it. Inheritance is an offering I am humbled, privileged and challenged to make—and I pray it will be a gift to anyone who hears it.”

For more information on Audrey Assad and Inheritance, visit the following links:

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About Audrey Assad:

Lauded by the New York Times, multiple Dove Award nominee and iTunes Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year recipient (The House You’re Building, 2010) Audrey Assad releases music she calls “soundtracks for prayer” on Fortunate Fall Records, which she co-owns with her husband, William G Price III. In addition to her own albums, Audrey has written songs for Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, Brett Younker, Sarah Hart, Meredith Andrews and others, and is featured on Chris Tomlin’s RIAA certified Gold record, Glory in the Highest (2009). Having toured with Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Jars of Clay and others, Audrey also speaks about art, faith, womanhood, justice and pornography addiction at Catholic and evangelical events such as Q Ideas, Focus Conferences and more. She has further been featured at an IHOP One Thing conference, Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, and during the Papal Event “World Meeting of Families,” and writes reflective and devotional entries for the likes of Christianity Today, the Magnificat and Blessed is She.

About Tone Tree Music:

Established in 2010, Tone Tree Music offers sales, retail marketing, distribution and project management for its artists. Tone Tree Music has represented such acclaimed artists as The Civil Wars, Lindsey Stirling, Holly Williams, Matthew Perryman Jones, Leagues, Mindy Smith, Paper Route, Peter Bradley Adams, Jars of Clay, Ruelle, Nashville Indie Spotlight, Jillian Edwards, The Vespers, The Saint Johns and more. (www.tonetreemusic.com)

About Maddy Agers (204 Articles)
Editor and founder of The Digital Breakdown. Coffee and tea drinker. Enjoys reading, writing, and music blaring.

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