Kingsway, the music arm of the David C Cook family, is pleased to announce the April 19, 2011 release of Love Shine Through, the first studio album in four years by British worship artist Tim Hughes. Sharing Tim’s heartbeat to see songs of substance strengthen, inspire, and build the church, Kingsway is delighted to add these fresh sounds of worship to their already very successful offering of worship music.
Steve Nicolle, Kingsway’s North American director, says, “Interest in the church as we know it has been waning for years, especially with the youth culture. Our desire at Kingsway is to provide life-changing music that God will use to draw people to Himself… and to His church. Tim’s Love Shine Through, I know, will be an effective tool in the hands of worship leaders and worshippers everywhere to do just that.”
Despite the overall decline of product sales in the music industry, Kingsway reports continued success with retail sales and an ever-increasing demand for engaging, substantive worship music. Both Kingsway and Hughes believe that this quest for quality music and a deeper worship experience reflects the hungry heart of the worshipper to forego the polish and performance of calculated worship and return to honest, heartfelt praise and worship.
“I feel like we’re on the cusp of a fresh move with worship,” Tim explains. “In some ways it feels like we’re a bit stale. Maybe we’re in danger of settling on a formula in congregational worship. There’s been a great challenge of late for pursuing excellence in production, visuals, lights, and a bigger use of creativity, which I love. My fear, though, is that we miss the raw, messy, spirit-led type of worship that leads people to engage with God.” Tim adds, “The songs on this album articulate that longing to engage with God and a desire that in all things His love would shine through.”
Hughes, the director of worship at Worship Central/Holy Trinity Brompton, London, has become one of the most prolific songwriters and anointed worship leaders of his generation. The popularity of his song, “Here I Am to Worship,” arguably the biggest modern worship anthem ever, and his subsequent Dove Awards established him as a premier voice to worship leaders and songwriters as well as to countless church congregations worldwide. Love Shine Through holds the promise of becoming another church-essential, supplying songs today that very well may become world-renowned worship classics tomorrow.
Love Shine Through is a full-length studio album filled with songs of daring belief and faith, encouraging listeners to rise up and take a stand for their convictions. Produced by Martin Smith (Delirious?) and featuring a duet with Kim Walker-Smith and guest appearances from Rend Collective Experiment and Jesus House Choir, the album also features musician Jerry Brown (Girls Aloud), Michael Guy Chislet (Hillsong United), and Marc James (Verra Cruz).
David C Cook/Kingsway provides the most sung worship music in churches every week all over the United States and in translated languages across the globe. Kingsway promotes the philosophy that “worship should never exist to serve itself, but that songs should feed the church with a message that changes the world.” These are precisely the kinds of songs Tim Hughes delivers this spring on Love Shine Through, with substance enough to feed the world a bountiful buffet of worship for many years to come.
Since 1875, David C Cook continues to be a leading nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Co, with offices in Elgin, Illinois, Paris, Ontario, Canada, and Eastbourne, UK, David C Cook resources are published in over 150 languages, distributed in more than 80 countries, and sold worldwide. The Kingsway music division produces over 30% of the top 500 praise and worship songs sung around the world. For more information, visit www.davidccook.com.