Modern worship songwriter/artist Brenton Brown, best known for anthems like “Everlasting God,” “Lord, Reign in Me,” “All Who Are Thirsty,” and “Your Love Is Amazing,” releases today his third full-length album, the acclaimed Our God Is Near from Kingsway with distribution in North America by EMI CMG.
Produced by Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp, Our God Is Near features the musical collaboration of Brenton and his band, The Worship Republic members Daniel Ornellas (bass), Scotty Murray (guitar) and Ben Showalter (drums). Rich with compelling anthems and prayers set in highly singable, modern-edge melodies, the album also features Brenton co-writing with some of the finest worship songwriters of the day, including Paul Baloche, Marty Sampson, Matt Maher, Eoghan Heaslip and Jason Ingram. The resulting album showcases the undercurrent infusing Brenton’s music and life; his desire to seek and discover the nearness of God, to see His Kingdom at work in the world.
“Our God Is Near is bent on spanning the chasm between joy and death. Those two ideas seem totally disparate and juxtaposed, like they could never go together, but that’s what makes the good news good news,” analyzes Brenton. “When God is near, things change. He can literally bulldoze the mountains in our lives out of the way if he chooses to. We can’t fully understand it, and our language cannot describe it, but peace can come even in the fellowship of suffering. That we can die in him and rise in him confounds the trials of the world. Our music struggles to contain this idea.”
Brenton sets the tone on the album with the opening track, “Our God Is Mercy,” followed by the first radio single from Our God Is Near, “Joyful,” with its driving, modern spin on the famous hymn, and “We Lift You Up,” which was picked by Worship Leader to be featured on its Song DISCovery disc in May.
“In the spirit of Paul the Apostle, this is just for the Lord in the end, an honest offering,” says Brenton about the album. “All I need to do, all I ever want to do is pray some honest prayers and sing some things that are true about who God is.”
And that authenticity heard on the album has the critics praising Our God Is Near:
“Brenton Brown’s sung prayers are treasures that have graced the Church with hope, encouragement and transcendent worship.” – Worship Leader
“Don’t miss any of these great new songs. Brenton’s best overall work is this excellent new album Our God Is Near.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com
“Anyone looking for another solid worship album would do well to add Brown’s latest,” – Soul-Audio.com
“…there is an epic-ness that pulls the whole album together…” – Louder Than The Music
“Our God Is Near is surely Brenton’s best album yet…The whole album is beautifully produced…the guitars are bolder, drums fuller… a fantastic album and one definitely worth buying if you love energetic, fun heart-warming music…” – M-Brio Music
“…Our God Is Near is an album of contagious, worshipful melodies and is sure to be hit…Brown’s skills as a worship leader and songwriter are showcased well through his new release.” – Alpha Omega News
A South African-raised Rhodes scholar who studied at Oxford University, was worship pastor in England’s Vineyard Church and now resides in Malibu, CA, Brenton Brown has written nine CCLI Top 500 songs that are being sung by millions in churches all around the world. His song “Everlasting God” was honored by ASCAP as one of the most performed songs in the USA in 2007 across all genres, marking the first time that a worship song has been recognized with such an honor.
To learn more about Brenton Brown, see www.brentonbrown.com/blog/tag/south-africa
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