Every Third Day album for the past twenty years has been included in Youth Leaders Only and it has been a great privilege to connect these ministry driven guys directly with thousands of youthworkers at conferences, festivals and on their tour dates. Their newest project, Revival, was recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama – where some of the biggest mainstream artists (Allman Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Paul Simon, the Rolling Stones, Mac Davis) have worked. The raw roots southern rock sound will be refreshing to a big cross-section of your students.
Your group will appreciate the song even more when you use it with this complete youth group session.
Go behind the scenes at FAME Recording Studios as Third Day creates Revival.
Celebrating a powerful and uplifting 20+ years since the original independent release of the band’s GOLD selling self-titled debut album, THIRD DAY - which Billboard has called “one of the best rock bands, period” - forges new but familiar ground on its upcoming 12th studio album, Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship. Looking beyond the extraordinary stats and accolades including 30 #1 singles, more than 8.5 million albums sold, 24 GMA Dove Awards, four GRAMMY®s, an American Music Award and being honored as a Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee, the band is focusing on the spirit of worship and a pure consistency that has driven all of its recordings and live performances, and has always inspired its loyal fans to draw closer to God.
Mac Powell (lead vocals), Mark Lee (guitars), Tai Anderson (bass) and David Carr (drums), extol the eternal virtues of “Our Deliverer” and “Maker” while asking Him to “Lead Us Back” to the passionate faith that all believers had at the beginning of their walk with Christ. Fashioned by its producers, The Sound Kids (Nashville based artists Jonny Macintosh and JT Daly), as a worship experience with THIRD DAY at the center of a “friend choir,” the 12-track devotional features members of Powell’s home church choir; prominent guest vocalists Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant and Michael Tait (featured on “In Jesus Name”); background vocals by David Crowder, Daniel Bashta, David Leonard and Leslie Jordan (All Sons & Daughters); and a featured vocal on “Your Words” by emerging female indie artist, Harvest.
“Thematically, many of the songs on Lead Us Back include references to the Hebrews leaving the slavery of Egypt to enter the Promised Land, with strong parallels between Moses leading God’s people and Jesus bringing us back to where we should be in relation to God,” says Powell, who generally initiates the band’s collective songwriting process.
Powell continues, “We’re all God’s people, people of faith trying to follow God. As in “Our Deliverer,” we need Jesus to bring us from the captivity of sin to spiritual freedom and salvation. Like the Ancients, we sometimes complain that things were better ‘back home,’ like we would be better off if we didn’t have to deal with the challenges of following God. We don’t believe that is true and this album is our way of sharing the idea that the excitement, that freedom from bondage we felt in the beginning, is something we can rediscover every day, with God’s help.”
Carr adds that while we need Jesus to bring us back to that initial point of faith, it’s all in the spirit of moving forward with our lives in Him: “It’s interesting to unpack the title we chose for the album and to reflect on what it means to us and what we hope it will bring to our fans. He’s leading us back, but in essence we’re not going back. We’re moving ahead, arriving there with the youthful, exuberant feeling of our first encounter with Christ.”
THIRD DAY’s first dedicated worship album in 12 years, Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship is the latest in the band’s storied tradition of recordings in the increasingly popular genre.
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