Arden, NC (May 15, 2020)
Southern Gospel group the Down East Boys use powerful music with themes of hope, love and faithfulness to spread God’s word on their new album, Faithful Still, now available from Sonlite Records. The release follows a year and a half of the group gaining the attention of fans and tastemakers with three number one songs from their album, One Day In The Past.
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“We are so excited for the release of this new project Faithful Still. With so much success from our last album with three consecutive #1 songs and award nominations, we knew we had a lot to live up to,” says lead singer Ricky Carden. “From the day of final song selection to the final mix day, we felt like we had succeeded in making another project that will inspire, encourage, and most of all, point people to Christ.”
The first radio single, “Amazing Amounts Of Amazing Grace,” begins the album on an upbeat note, with all four Down East Boys singing with an Oak Ridge Boys country feel. Stating “Every day the Lord displays amazing amounts of amazing grace,” this song reminds listeners to not overlook God’s presence in their daily lives.
“Those Hands” features Carden and tells the story of his grandfather, who was a source of strength throughout his life, helping and comforting others despite life’s hardships. “They’ve felt worn / They’ve felt alone / They’ve been places far from home / They’ve helped neighbors / They’ve helped friends / And they’ve shown me how I should live.” The song shifts, describing Christ as an even greater source of strength, no matter how many times we have to rely on Him.
The Down East Boys tell stories of the cross and resurrection on “I Hear,” which details the Easter story from Christ’s entry into Jerusalem through the resurrection; and “A Story That Began At The Cross,” written by Kenna Turner West, Sue Smith, and Jason Cox, about how life today all goes back to the sacrifice Christ made.
“What Love” with Doug Pittman taking lead, and “God Will, Yes He Will” featuring the whole group, describe God’s all-encompassing love and care for us and how no matter what’s going on, His goodness will carry us through and lift us up. Other songs include “Fall Like Jericho,” “Church Of The Living God” and “Bottom of The Basket.”
The album closes with “Sweet Journey,” an uptempo song about savoring life with Christ at your side as a rock you can always rely on.
“The songwriters who contributed to this project gave us their best and our producer Jeff Collins challenged us vocally more this time than ever,” Carden adds. “Our prayer is that people will receive the message in these songs and that in the end, lives will be changed for the cause of Christ!”