Desert Cry Album Cover (350)Singer/songwriter Jordan Elias’ “Springtime” video makes its world debut today on JCTV’s “Real Videos.” The video is the first from Elias’ new City of Peace Media CD, Desert Cry, which released last week through Provident-Integrity Distribution.

The “Springtime” video is a stunning allegorical representation of the battle between the Light and the Darkness produced by Elias’ brother, filmmaker Dustin Marcellino, for City of Peace Films. “Springtime” will debut on the show today at 9:30 p.m. PT and will re-air at the following dates/times before going into regular rotation:

· Saturday, May 15 at 9:30 p.m. PT
· Sunday, May 16 at 9:30 p.m. PT
· Monday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. PT
· Monday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. PT
· Saturday, May 22 at 2:30 a.m. PT

“I’m impressed with Jordan’s heart for ministry,” comments “Real Videos”‘ producer Mark McCallie. “I believe that his music and testimony are going to have a great impact on the lives of many young people for the kingdom of God.”

If there is such a thing as a music gene, Jordan Elias has it. A third generation music industry progeny, Elias traces his musical heritage back to his grandfather, legendary Motown producer Jerry Marcellino, who helmed projects for such superstars as Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Lionel Ritchie and The Commodores, Al Jarreau, Bobby Darin and Smokey Robinson. Jordan’s father, Yochanan Marcellino, cut his teeth in the music industry and went on to found several successful record labels, including Kerygma Records, Galilee of the Nations Music and City of Peace Media. With the release of his debut project, Desert Cry, Elias proves the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Co-produced by Jerry and Yochanan Marcellino, the music of Desert Cry is a refreshingly organic combination of old soul, Gospel and thundering Jesus rock. Elias delivers a one-two musical punch of raw, bare-knuckles rock ‘n’ roll guitars wrapped around thick, meaty melodies followed up by moments of sweetly nuanced, intimate piano-based worship ballads.

With three generations of musical history in one studio, it should come as no surprise that the end result would be a stunning package of intense, relevant, accessible yet thought-provoking songs. What may be surprising is the fire and passion Elias exudes. Fresh out of the gate, he proclaims the truth without pulling punches, sugarcoating nothing.

Elias, a Jewish believer, opens the project with the holy declaration, “Hear, O Israel,” based on Deuteronomy 6:4. Thundering rock guitars embellish Jordan’s autobiographical “Do You Want the Fire?” Gently meandering piano trills accompany the prayerful “Down Down,” while moody acoustic guitars and driving electric guitars provide the backdrop for the starkly honest confession of faith, “For the First Time.”

Elias’ outright passion caused Melody Green to comment that his song “Tickle My Ears Gospel” sounds like a song that her husband, the late Christian artist Keith Green, would have sung. That same passion for the Gospel permeates “Springtime,” a classic rock anthem about embracing the spiritual warfare required to push back the darkness.

Elias’ fresh, unvarnished sound supports a message that is as old as the Bible itself.

“The title of the album, Desert Cry, is derived from a pattern found again and again throughout the scriptures,” Elias explains. “It is the cry of the prophets, spanning from Moses, Elijah and Elisha, all the way down the line to John the Baptist and Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah Himself. These men, called of God, drew away into the desert, and there God gave them each the same message for their own generation: ‘Repent and return to the Lord.’ That’s what this album is all about. It is that very same message being declared to this generation: a call to ‘return to the Lord.'”

Jordan Elias’ Desert Cry is available on City of Peace Media, and distributed through Provident-Integrity Distribution. For more information on Jordan Elias and Desert Cry, visit JordanElias.com or CityofPeace.com.

“Real Videos” is the nation’s longest-running national Christian Music video show. Hosted by Grammy nominated rap star T-Bone, “Real Videos” features a variety of today’s hottest Christian music videos and interviews from Christian music’s biggest names. For more information, visit JCTV.org. To check for airtimes in your area, visit JCTV.org/flashindex.

Features

Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."

By

Full Feature
Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.

By

Photo by Quinsey Sablan

Full Feature
Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.

By

Full Feature
All Features