It’s with great excitement that Centricity Music announces the upcoming release for Andrew Peterson, Light for the Lost Boy, in stores August 28, 2012. The project, produced by longtime friend and producer Ben Shive (Jeremy Camp, Sara Groves, Matt Wertz), along with Cason Cooley (Katie Herzig, Mat Kearney, Audrey Assad), features ten new songs written by Peterson. The album will be available in three formats; CD, special edition CD with a 32-page booklet written by Peterson and seven acoustic extra songs, and on a vintage vinyl record. The special edition and vinyl projects will only be available online and at Peterson’s concerts. The album’s title and several of the songs reflect the growing up years of the Peterson children, while at the same time bringing a message of hope for us as we make our way in a broken world.
“When I think of my youth I remember carrying around this secret loneliness,” says Peterson. “Coming to know Jesus, being rescued by him from that loneliness is at the heart of why I write songs. C.S. Lewis said, ‘We read to know we’re not alone.’ One of the reasons I write is to tell people the same thing. My hope is that some fifteen-year-old kid out there—or some fifty-year-old kid—will hear Light for the Lost Boy and find some comfort, some assurance that he or she is known and loved by the great love of the universe.”
Light for the Lost Boy brings a familiar sound, but in a new way with stronger, fuller production that doesn’t jeopardize the intimate feel of Peterson’s vocal delivery. The first single from the album, “Rest Easy,” is going for adds at radio. “Come Back Soon” launches the album with a haunting opening line about the historic Nashville flood as seen through his family’s eyes, and closes with the plea that Jesus would hurry back and fix what’s broken. “Day By Day”, based on 2 Corinthians 4:16, was written after Andrew’s visit to London’s Kensington Gardens (made famous by Peter Pan), where he likened his exile from childhood to mankind’s exile from Eden. The album ends with the emotionally charged “Don’t You Want To Thank Someone.”
“The last song is the thought I most want to leave people with,” Peterson explains. “The music is a throwback to old Peter Gabriel and Rich Mullins—but the lyric was partially inspired by an old poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins called ‘God’s Grandeur’ which closes with the line: ‘But the Holy Ghost over the bent world broods/with warm breath and—ah!—bright wings.’ God is present; his Kingdom is all around us just as sure as it’s coming in its fullness.”
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