Audrey Assad hit the music scene back in summer 2010, and has left a lasting impression in the ears and hearts of listeners and artists alike. She brought a fresh sound, yet stayed true to her Nashville roots, receiving multiple Dove Award nominations for her work. And she was the first Christian artist ever selected to record iTunes’ Live from SoHo project.
Fans of Assad, needless to say, have been waiting in anticipation for a follow-up album to her debut, The House You’re Building. Well, the wait is over, and it was well worth it—Heart shatters the jinx that many sophomore albums bring.
“It’s so simple,” Assad said in a recent press release, “and yet so beautiful a picture, to know that my life is witnessed in all its frailty and wonder by God—and all of it, even my most secret suffering, matters.”
In that spirit, the album commences with “Blessed Are the Ones.” The soulful singer proclaims that all of humanity has a breaking point that leads them to loneliness and despair. She professes our internal desire for hope and redemption.
Humanity’s desire for hope becomes the fuel for the opening song. Coupled with a high-energy drum backdrop and a racing acoustic guitar, it also sets the tone for an uplifting musical journey.
The musical intensity and redemptive message continue with “Even the Winter.”