28 February 2023 – Nashville, TN
On Friday, February 24th, Mitch Wong released his debut album, a beautiful ending, a blessed beginning. The first full-length project from the Nashville-based Australian worship leader takes listeners on a journey from burial to bloom. The concept revolves around the theme of surrender – allowing our old nature to die – and the beauty of resurrection, reminding us that death isn’t the end but the Divine doorway into fulness of life and joy.
From an early age, Wong felt a passionate calling to write songs. But it’s in recent years that he wholeheartedly embraced this intrinsic desire to spread his music and let his voice be heard. From a sleepless night two years ago, where songs, lyrics, and melodies came together as a beautiful and consistent story, ‘a beautiful ending, a blessed beginning’ was born.
The album opens with ‘Burial‘, a song written with Cody Carnes, which celebrates the centrality of surrender and takes inspiration from Jesus’ teaching that to lose one’s life is to find it. “I felt that it was important and indeed countercultural to begin the album with a death; death to our old ways, our old thinking and our old burdens,” Wong says. By opening his record with profound words from the Apostle Paul – “to die is gain” – Wong makes a powerful and inspiring statement that no resurrection can come without a grave.
From there, ‘a beautiful ending, a blessed beginning’ expands into songs filled with gospel influences, pop soundscapes, and R&B accents, featuring artists such as Steffany Gretzinger and Lindy Cofer, as it approaches themes like loss and grief. Though the new album tackles weighty themes, Wong harnesses music to change perspectives so that we may see these topics as celebrations instead of burdens.
With ‘a beautiful ending, a blessed beginning’, Mitch Wong helps the Church dream of the brighter promised future we have in Christ, and sets out to remind us of the beauty and hope that exists in each season of life because of Him.