One of Christian music’s premiere bands, Downhere, is scheduled to release their eagerly anticipated new studio album, On The Altar Of Love, August 23, 2011 on Centricity Music. The album once again teams the group with Grammy and Dove award-winning producer Mark Hiemermann (Michael W. Smith, Tait, Stacie Orrico). The new CD is a pop-driven project that offers a positive outlook for our future, while maintaining the integrity and artistry of Downhere. All songs on the CD were written by Jason Germain and Marc Martel.
Let Me Rediscover You, the first single from the album, was written by Marc Martel two weeks before Downhere entered the recording studio for On The Altar Of Love. The song is already resonating with listeners and radio programmers, as it’s New & Active at AC Monitor (#3) and at #28 on AC Indicator. Thirty one radio stations are currently playing the song including; KSBJ/ Houston, WCIE/Tampa, Sarasota, FL, WBSN / New Orleans, LA, New Life Media, WBFJ / Winston-Salem, NC, KSGN / Riverside, CA.
On The Altar Of Love is being described as one of the most “pop-friendly” albums that Downhere has recorded to date, with heartfelt lyrics that are a return to the core of Christianity. The CD kicks-off with Only The Beginning that focuses on how our Christian walk of new life and continual mysteries always feels like a new beginning, while the hard rocking Seek describes how God searches for us “like a kid with a crush” in order to make us whole, and the title track says to lay down your possessions and obsessions. Love will ask of you more than treasure/When you’re willing to trust/Blessing far outweighs the loss/When you lay it all at the altar of love.
“On the Altar of Love is really a proclamation of faith,” explains band member Jason Germain. “It’s an encouragement to continue on regardless of circumstance, to continue this journey with joy and celebration, because we have a promise. We know where the journey ends. And we know that we’re not alone as we make our way. We have the companionship of Christ, and we have this vast family of brothers and sisters, and we have this great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, who are cheering us on. So we want to cast aside the distractions, return to what is essential, and spend ourselves completely in response to the love we’ve been given.”
During their illustrious eleven-year career, Downhere has garnered 11 Covenant Awards, 3 Juno Awards and a Dove Award for Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year. Fans and radio continue to keep their singles at the top of the charts with “Here I Am” and “Hope Is Rising” peaking at #5 and #17 on the AC charts, while “My Last Amen” peaked at #5 on the CHR charts. All of the songs are from Downhere’s previous project Ending Is Beginning that media heralded as their strongest studio album at that time.
Downhere released their first Christmas project in 2009, based on the enormous success of “How Many Kings” that peaked at #4 on the charts. While Downhere was songwriting for On The Altar Of Love, Centricity Music released Two At A Time that featured 9-B sides and 2 brand new songs, including their last single, “You’re Not Alone.” For more information on Downhere please visit their website, www.downhere.com or www.myspace.com/downhere.
About Centricity Music
Centricity Music is an independent recording and publishing company based in Bellevue, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee. The company’s mission is to enable our artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. Centricity Music’s artist roster includes Downhere, Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, High Valley, Jaime Jamgochian, Sixteen Cities and Me In Motion. For more information about Centricity Music visit online at www.centricitymusic.com.
On The Altar Of Love Song Listing:
- Only The Beginning
- Let Me Rediscover You
- Turn This Around
- Living The Dream
- Glory By The Way Of Shame
- For The Heartbreak
- For Life
- The Altar Of Love
- Reveal The Kingdom