NASHVILLE, TENN. (October 13, 2023)
Renowned worship leader and songwriter Pat Barrett has a brand-new album, Shelter, available now. The 12-track album was a joy to create for this Atlanta-based artist mixing worshipful moments with simple, joyful songs that highlight the power of gratitude and the fleeting nature of time. With this album, Barrett acknowledges there is hardship in this world, but there is security in knowing who holds it all and who our Shelter is.
“The more life you live, the more hurt that stacks up and the more things don’t go your way. You have to put all of that somewhere, and I want God to be the One I turn to in all of that, that He becomes a shelter,” Pat Barrett shares. “What else could possibly hold the complexity and the intensity and the joy and the suffering? What other place can handle all that?”
The title track is inspired from scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5 and focuses on being children of light as we don’t belong to the darkness. The song was co-written by Barrett and Cody Carnes, and a live performance of the song is debuted today on YouTube.
Barrett adds, “I think the ‘belong’ word is a really important thing to remember regardless of what you feel in the moment. And we all experience things in our life that we wish didn’t happen or we wish we hadn’t said or we wish we hadn’t done, and it is always so powerful to go back to where you belong. This song reminds me of who I belong to and that’s been extremely liberating and beautiful and a freeing experience.”
As a respected songwriter and artist in the broader worship music community, Barrett has penned popular songs such as No. 1 Billboard Christian Airplay and Billboard Christian AC radio and RIAA Gold Certified single, “Build My Life.” He is also nominated as a songwriter for two GMA Dove Awards this year that will be held on October 17th. He is nominated for the No. 1 song, “Same God,” (Song of the Year) and “This Is Our God” (Worship Recorded Song Of The Year). Barrett has also co-written 23 songs on the current CCLI Top 2000 chart.
Barrett will be on the road this fall with Chris Tomlin on “An Evening of Worship with Chris Tomlin” tour. Click here for all of Barrett’s tour dates for the remainder of 2023.