Kansas City, MO - Forerunner Music announced today the release of the first solo album from International House of Prayer worship leader and CCM artist Matt Gilman. Awaken Love will be available at all retail and digital music outlets on August 27, 2013, and the first single, “Fairer,” will go for adds at Soft AC radio late July. The project features eleven modern worship songs that were written or co-written by Gilman. Dove award-winning producer Ed Cash was at the production helm for the new album, which will be distributed by New Day Distribution with radio promotions being handled by James Riley at Shamrock Promotions.
“I want the music and the lyrics on this album to fascinate the listener with the beauty of God, His majesty and His humility,” explains Gilman. “As we engage with the heart of God in worship, we, as believers in Jesus, should feel confidence and boldness to approach His throne because of His unending mercy. At the same time, we should have a trembling heart before this holy One who dwells in unapproachable light. At the end of the day, I want the Word of God written on hearts, and for people to love Jesus more after hearing these songs.”
Awaken Love showcases the strong vocal and acclaimed songwriting talents of Gilman, whose song “Holy” was recorded by Kari Jobe and Kim Walker of Jesus Culture. The new project features Gilman songs that have been sung by tens of thousands through the International House of Prayer ministry over the past several years. The album launches with “As the Deer,” a powerful, mid-tempo song that spotlights the walk of the faithful as they reach and yearn for God; “Eyes of Mercy” showcases the wonderful grace of God and how He sees the good in His followers; the title track is a powerful ballad, a love song to God in gratitude for His eternal love; the new single, “Fairer,” was co-written by Gilman and Cash and displays the majesty of our Lord. From the heights to the seas/You stand alone in majesty/From the crown of thorns to Your heavenly throne/You are God and God alone.
In support of Awaken Love, Gilman will embark on a 45-city Reset Movement Tour sponsored by Nick Hall’s Pulse Movement. This year’s tour launches September 18 in Phoenix, AZ, and will also feature Rend Collective Experiment, Lacey Sturm (former lead singer of Flyleaf), Hip-Hop artist Propaganda and DJ Efechto. The tour will visit 200 cities in three years and is expected to impact over 2.5 million people. The goal of the tour is to rally a generation around Jesus and call for a supernatural reset in our lives, culture and nation.