Nashville, TN (October 25, 2019)
Integrity Music and The Porter’s Gate, a sacred ecumenical arts collective, release their second project, Neighbor Songs, today (click here). Artists featured on Neighbor Songs include Josh Garrels, Audrey Assad, Casey J, Leslie Jordan (from All Sons & Daughters), Zach Bolen (of the band Citizens), Urban Doxology, Diana Gameros, Latifah Alattas, Lauren Goans, and Paul Zach, among others.
“We wanted to involve the people who are really dealing with the pressing questions and issues of our times—the people who are coming face-to-face in a daily way with people’s doubts and struggles and questions about the Christian faith—and put those people in a room with other songwriters and worship leaders,” Isaac Wardell shares. “In many cases, we actually paired theologians and songwriters together in the songwriting process. We had a lot of beautiful, surprising moments of really coming up with things that could not have been written any other way except having that group of people in the room.”
In celebration of the album release, The Porter’s Gate shared the official live video of their song, “Daughters of Zion,” led by Casey J, Urban Doxology and Paul Zach in tandem with the album’s studio recording featuring Josh Garrels and Casey J.
“Songs of Lament are all over the psalms, but in recent times, lament has lost its important place in many of our worship services,” shares Wardell. “The song ‘Daughters of Zion’ is a song of lament inspired by the third chapter of Zephaniah when the prophet foresees a day when the Daughters of Zion will rejoice and eat and sleep with no fear. In a time when there are so many ways that women in the church are abused and silenced, we hope that this song is an opportunity to pause and to lament that many of God’s daughters continue to await the day of rejoicing in the house of the Lord. Come, Lord Jesus, we pray.”
“Daughters of Zion” live video: