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What’s NeW by Andy ArgyrAkis
Just a year after debuting with 2011’s Dove Award-nominated Come Home, Luminate makes considerable artistic and lyrical strides on its sophomore CD Welcome To Daylight. Besides crisp modern rock production from Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Britt Nicole) and Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Phil Wickham), the songs were crafted amidst a year of numerous challenges, but also wedding preparations for singer Sam Hancock and Emily Smith (Michael W. Smith’s daughter). Catch more from the front man in a conversation with CCM just prior to kicking off a fall tour opening for Newsboys.
CCM: There seems to be exponential musical growth on this project. To what do you attribute that? Sam Hancock: This record was birthed out of a challenging place. Stress on relationships, illness and lack of motivation were always trying to dampen our spirits. We had two options. One was to give in and write a depressing record. The other was to dance through the storm and sing the truth that God gave us. We chose to dance! The overall feeling of the record is celebratory.