The GRAMMY ® nominated group, Gungor, will release their latest record Ghosts Upon The Earth on September 20. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Beautiful Things project was composed as a full narrative celebrating both the beauty and frailty of existence.
Produced by the group’s namesake, Michael Gungor, Ghosts Upon The Earth was primarily written by Michael and his wife Lisa who is also a featured vocalist in this musical collective. Recorded in numerous locations, including the Gungor’s home, the album also includes seventeen players, four additional vocalists, a six-person string ensemble and a boy’s choir. Inspiration for the album was orchestrated from Gungor’s weeklong meditation in Assisi where he was inspired by the Saint’s view of the world, as well as from the birth of their daughter last year.
Using lyrical metaphors and allegories, along with unique time signatures and distinctive instruments, Ghosts Upon The Earth creates a musical odyssey for its listeners. Starting with a startling musical imagining of the creation of the universe and traversing subjects like the “fall of man” and the imperfection of our religious systems, the album leads the listener through a roller coaster of emotion that eventually leads us back to wonder and the thankfulness for this beautiful gift of life. Songs such as “Brother Moon,” “The Fall,” “You Are Beauty” and “Every Breath” are placed in purposeful order to tell a full story in the 12 track album.
Ghosts Upon The Earth takes its mysterious title from an allegory by C.S. Lewis titled The Great Divorce, in which the “ghosts” of a grey town encounter a heaven that is astonishingly, even painfully, real. “Sometimes it seems like the most real thing is what we can see and experience with our senses around us – this life, the tangible,” explains Michael Gungor. “Ideas like love, like God, these things sometimes feel more disconnected and ethereal, like that’s the ghostly realm. This is turning it on its head, recognizing that God is real, love is real, and we are the ghosts walking upon the earth, wanting to become more real.”
Known for their innovative live performance, Gungor will take to the road with fellow GRAMMY ® nominees David Crowder*Band alongside John Mark McMillan and Chris August for “The 7 Tour.” This final leg of shows will mark the last tour for the David Crowder*Band, and will hit over 30 major markets this fall. For the latest tour information, visit www.GungorMusic.com.
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GRAMMY ® nominated Gungor earned critical acclaim with their latest record Beautiful Things (Brash) upon its release in February 2010. Amidst appearing at well known Passion and Catalyst conferences and headlining the unique “Beautiful Things Events,” this musical collective hailing from Colorado has earned two GRAMMY ® nominations as well as a GMA Dove Award nomination. Worship Leader magazine named Beautiful Things their top CD release of 2010 while both Relevant magazine and CCM gave the record honorable mentions in their celebrated year end lists. Gungor is set to release Ghosts Upon The Earth this September.
“The 7 Tour” Dates:
* all dates subject to change, visit www.GungorMusic.com for latest tour information.
9/28 Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre
9/30 Houston, TX – House of Blues
10/1 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/4 Lubbock, TX – City Band Auditorium
10/5 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/6 Phoenix, AZ – Grand Canyon University Arena
10/7 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/8 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/9 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/11 Portland, OR – The Crystal Ballroom
10/12 Seattle, WA – The Moore Theater
10/14 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/15 Lawrence, KS – Lied Center / Univ. of Kansas
10/16 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10/20 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue Mainroom
10/21 Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
10/22 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
10/23 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/25 Lafayette, IN – Long Center
10/26 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room – Old National Centre
10/27 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/28 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
10/29 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/30 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/1 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
11/3 Greenville, SC – McAlister Auditorium / Furman Univ.
11/4 Lynchburg, VA – Vines Center / Liberty Univ.
11/5 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
11/6 Sarasota, FL – Manatee Civic Center
11/10 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
11/11 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
11/12 Panama City, FL – Marina Civic Center
11/13 Jackson, MS – Jackson Academy PAC