NASHVILLE, TENN. (JULY 07, 2023)
GRAMMY®-nominated Cody Carnes releases two new songs, “Plead The Blood” and “The Dove,” from his forthcoming album, Firm Foundation, which will release on August 25th. The live performance video for “Plead The Blood” is premiering today.
The earnest prayer of petition in the song “Plead The Blood” is an anchor track that Carnes co-wrote with an all-star group of writers comprised of Chris Davenport, Brandon Lake, Pat Barrett and Alexander Pappas. Lyrically, the singer draws a line of protection around his family, guarding against the schemes of the enemy, and even integrates a modernized version of “Nothing But The Blood” into the bridge.
“I think great songs for the Church are the songs that are a blend of familiar and fresh,” Carnes says of the ballad that melds both old and new. “I pray it’s a song that’s used in counseling sessions and hospital rooms and places where there’s spiritual warfare happening, where there’s a fight going on — and that it can be used as an applicator in those situations.”
“The Dove” was co-written by Carnes and his wife Kari Jobe, Austin Davis, Andrew Holt and Joshua Silverberg.
“‘The Dove’ is a heart cry about The Holy Spirit,” shares Carnes. “It connects Genesis to John to Acts…all places we see the Holy Spirit threaded in scripture, often ‘like a dove’. These moments in scripture share a common thread of new creation and affirmation, and while writing, we found it really beautiful and profound that this same Spirit can live inside of us because of the blood of Jesus. God has invited His people into the same new creation and affirmation. My favorite lyric in the song says ‘Let the Dove of heaven rest upon the Christ in me.’”
Firm Foundation was captured last summer during a two-night live worship event at his church home base, The Belonging Co., in Nashville. The special event produced his first-ever live album, God Is Good!, which was released last year and produced his first radio No. 1 single “Ain’t Nobody.”
This month, Carnes will continue his “God Is Good!” Tour with Benjamin William Hastings followed by the Summer 2023 tour with Kari Jobe, Leeland, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, and Sean Curran. The “Blessing Tour” with Kari Jobe will pick up again this fall for the Europe and UK dates. Click here to see all of his upcoming tour dates.