Nashville, Tenn.— Dove Award-winning artist Aaron Shust will release his new studio album for Centricity Music, Doxology, Friday, August 28th. The project was recorded in Nashville and was produced by the David Crowder Band’s renowned drummer, Christian Paschall. The record contains 10 new songs, with eight that were co-written by Shust, including “Nothing More” that features labelmate, Lauren Daigle. The album delivers Shust’s signature style of corporate worship in a festive and celebratory frame that honors the good news of the risen Christ. The project will be available at all online music outlets.
The joyous recordings on Doxology reflect the aftermath of the previous four tumultuous years when Shust dealt with the serious health problems of his two youngest sons. Having come through that time with two healthy sons today, Shust is celebrating the promise of God and His faithfulness.
“In the first chapter of Job,” Shust explains, “we see that Job was able to worship even in the midst of his grief, but he wasn’t ready to celebrate yet. I can relate to that. Four years ago I could worship, even in the midst of suffering, but I wasn’t ready to celebrate. It’s not that circumstances aren’t still hard sometimes. I still have to remind myself that God’s promises are true. But having walked through what we’ve walked through as a family, and having experienced God’s comfort and faithfulness in deeper ways than we ever had before, there’s an air of celebration and expectancy that wasn’t there before.”
Doxology was inspired by Shust’s current role as worship leader for his hometown church in the Pittsburgh, PA area. “I have always been a part of the local church, and my new album Doxology is inspired by my time leading worship in the church. A doxology is a liturgy of praise to God, like a short exaltation at the end of a New Testament letter, or a song sung at the end of a church service. These songs are like a playlist for a praise & worship ‘after party’ at the end of time, around the Throne, celebrating the crowning of Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
These songs reflect the diversity, yet the continued joy throughout the record, with the hymn-like “Oh Praise” coming from a writer’s retreat where Shust knew it had to be on the new album after hearing it for the first time. “Never Gonna Let Me Go” was co-written with Benji Cowart after the death of Shust’s friend. The friend wanted a praise celebration upon his death instead of a sad funeral, so the song is based on John 10:29 that celebrates Christ’s victory over death. The upbeat “It Is Finished” was a song title that Shust had been working on for a while, so instead of the tragedy of the crucifixion, the song embraces the declaration that Christ has won.
Doxology Track Listing:
1. “Always Will Be”
About Aaron Shust
Dove Award-winning artist Aaron Shust has been embraced by Christian radio since his debut project in 2006, which contained the mega-hit single “My Savior, My God” that rose to No. 1 on six charts. Shust’s first project for Centricity Music, This Is What We Believe, launched with the biggest song of his career, “My Hope Is In You,” which stayed at the top of the AC Monitored chart for 14 weeks. Shust’s previous studio album, Morning Rises, released in 2013, and the first single, “God Of Brilliant Lights,” reached Top 15 at AC Radio. The second single, “No One Higher,” became a 7-week No. 1 hit for Shust on Billboard’s Soft AC/Inspirational chart. In October 2014, Shust released the first Christmas project of his career, Unto Us, which features the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Shust remains an active touring artist and launched his Morning Rises Tour in Spring and Fall of 2014. He has shared the stage with such artists as Mark Schultz, Big Daddy Weave, NewSong, Jeremy Camp and Casting Crowns. Shust has received seven GMA Dove nominations and was honored in 2007 with three Dove Awards for Song of the Year (“My Savior, My God”), Songwriter of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.