Nashville, TN (August 15, 2018)
A lot of artists talk about chasing their dreams, but for Christian recording artist Mark Schultz, it’s never been about the chase. Instead, it’s about following God’s call. Incidentally, this has led to what looks like any artist’s dream: two million records sold to date, ten No. 1 singles, a Dove Award as well as multiple nominations.
“Whatever season I’m in, that’s the call I’m following,” says Schultz. Since his last album release in 2012 things slowed down on the music and touring side of things, but not on the family side. Schultz and his wife now have three kids, ages six, four and two. And while he is still following the call of fatherhood, God’s call has also led Schultz back to music with a new energy, new perspective and a new album aptly titled Follow.
This live album is a mix of new songs and fan-favorites—worship anthems “God of Glory” and “I Am” both appear on the album. Recording the album live was appropriate for this musician who thrives in that environment. “Most people thrive in the studio,” says Schultz, “but for me, I love the live shows so much…I just love the energy of people.” It was this energy that convinced Schultz to choose “Follow” as the first single. The powerful title track parallels how Schultz navigates his life, not by his own will, but God’s. Originally inspired by a story Schultz heard about a girl with a rough upbringing and no father-figure, Schultz discovered “Follow” was farther reaching than he knew: “As I lived with the song, I thought, ‘This isn’t just for her; this is for me. What do I follow?’”
“My biggest deal is to write what is real to me…I want to pull it out of real life, make art out of it and hand it back to people.” This is exactly what the album Follow is, a collection that is equal parts an extension of Schultz and an offering to listeners—listeners who, if they haven’t already, will follow Schultz’s music for years to come and, more importantly, the One he sings about.