Among Christian music’s most recognizable faces and voices for more than two decades, singer/songwriter, author and New Zealand native Phil Joel releases “Arms Around The World” today (Aug. 11) at digital and streaming outlets globally from The Fuel Music. The single is the fourth in a series of new songs to debut from the multi-artist A New Heaven And A New Earth project that is slated to premiere winter 2023 / 2024.
Written by Joel and produced by Brent Milligan (Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman), “Arms Around The World” is a pop anthem meant to ignite people’s enthusiasm for embracing creation care.
“This is the planet that God’s given us, and we need to be good stewards of it,” suggests Joel. “Sadly, I don’t think we’ve really done a great job in the last 50 years, but thankfully God always provides ways to see things restored, redeemed and replenished. Just like we understand with our own lives, God’s filled the earth with all kinds of ways to regenerate itself… This gets me excited. It’s not doom and gloom at all. We can be a part of creating a new heaven and a new earth.”
Send up a flare
Let it linger in the sky
Let her know we see the tears she cries
I wanna throw my arms around the world
Throw my arms around the world
(Lyrics from “Arms Round The World”)
With his son Eden joining him on the song on both guitar and drums, and his daughter Phynley singing background, Phil shares, “My son is 19, and my daughter is 22, and they want to know that people of faith care about some of the things they care about, which includes looking after this environment, making sure that they have a future, and making sure that their children’s children have a future on this planet that we look after.”
Along with his music, Phil and his wife Heather recently opened The Green Room in Franklin, TN, an earth and people-friendly store in Franklin, TN, selling non-toxic, cruelty-free, sustainable home goods, gifts and furnishings meant to be a part of the solution.
Joel’s single follows the A New Heaven And A New Earth tracks from GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award-winning Building 429 lead vocalist Jason Roy, “It’s All Yours,” recording artist, actress and producer MŌRIAH, “You Mean The World,” and two-time Dove Award-winning, three-time No.1 Billboard-charting, Stellar Award-nominated Aaron Cole, “Together.”
Additional songs have been produced for the A New Heaven And A New Earth project by well-known Christian artists that felt led to participate, responding to the call to write and record a song on taking care of Creation. The songs, collectively covering rock, pop, hip hop, R&B, indie, folk/ Americana and more musical genres, are being released as singles monthly through November 17, 2023, with a full A New Heaven and A New Earth album slated to launch this coming winter.