Album Release: AP’s Above These City Lights (Live)

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I’m pleased to announce the release of a new album: Above These City Lights (Live). (Get it here.)

We recorded it last fall on the Counting Stars release tour, and then things got busy. Not only did we immediately hit the road for the Christmas tour, I spent all Spring writing The Monster in the Hollows. Meanwhile, the indubitable Todd Robbins (who mixed Resurrection Letters II and engineered Counting Stars–not to mention DC Talk’s Jesus Freak, but who’s counting?) took all the files from the live show and made them sound even purtier.

The project was originally intended to be an EP that highlighted a few of the songs from Counting Stars but when we heard how “High Noon”, “After the Last Tear Falls”, and especially the Rich Mullins masterpiece “Calling Out Your Name” turned out, we decided to make it more of a full-length record. At long last, the album is ready for your ears.

One of my favorite things about this album is the cover. My son Aedan is an unabashed Bird Nerd. He loves ornithology. He also loves painting and illustration. The starling on the cover is one of his excellent paintings–that it made the cover is all the more delightful because he’s only twelve years old. I paid him $25 for it. (Don’t tell him that that’s way lower than the going rate. I don’t want him to get too big for his britches.) He and his pal Cooper have an art blog called The Crimson Phoenix, and they’ve been displaying their drawings there for a long time. By all means, drop in and drop them a line of encouragement. I’m so proud to see how hard they’re working at their craft.

It goes without saying that Ben Shive and Andy Gullahorn are amazing. I’m reminded of that all over again when I listen to their tasteful, skillful performances on this record. As much as I love studio work, and as much as I love songwriting, my real pleasure is the exchange between you and I at a live concert. The connection is the thing. I hope you can hear the gratitude we felt as we played these songs, and I hope that somehow, thanks to the wonder of all the ones and zeroes that make up an MP3 file, they’ll connect with you, too.

Thanks also to Centricity Music for putting this whole thing together. I’m so grateful for them. And not just because they make short films that exploit my vast nerdiness.

I hope you enjoy the music.

AP

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As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


20 Comments

  1. Will Livingston

    yes!

    Nothing like a surprise album and cool weather to inspire some guitar building progress. Thanks.

    For your next trick, I’d pay double for a compilation album from You, Ben, and the Andys.

  2. Thaine Norris

    I am having trouble with the order process. There is some kind of error on the credit card page when it tries to fill in the shipping info, and then on the next page it says I must have Javascript enabled–and yet I already do! I tried Chrome, 64-bit IE9, 32-bit IE9, and finally went to another computer with IE8. All had the same error.

    I want so much to order the new music!

    Thank you in advance for looking into the problem!

    But thank you more for letting God use you so powerfully in word and song.

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    Pete Peterson

    @pete

    Thaine,

    I’m sorry you’ve encountered this problem. It occurs when you mistakenly enter your email address instead of your street address during account creation. (Your browser’s autofill function probably did this for you.)

    If you’ll send me your email address (at orders@rabbitroom.com) I’ll be happy to look up your account and correct it for you. Once corrected, you’ll be able to check out normally.

  4. Derek

    So good and what a great surprise yesterday (via Spotify).

    I especially liked the intro to “Planting Trees”.

    Hearing this intro and song came at a most opportune time for me. Yesterday, my sister-in-law (mother of 3) had a rough day with the school in which her 5th grade daughter attends. I will spare you all the details, but she felt like certain people were trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and not appreciating the unique qualities of her daughter., even though at times those unique qualities can be a challenge. Does that make sense?

    So I sent her the lyrics to this song this morning to uplift and encourage her that by ‘planting trees’ in the roots of Christ, that her kids will most certainly bless those around them sooner than later, even when others don’t yet see it.

    Thanks Andrew for such a great intro to this song on the live record. Always loves those intros as it gives me a new appreciation for the deep meanings of each song you write.

  5. Dan R.

    Listening to this cd was like listening to all those songs “for the first time again.”
    One more reason why I love live shows so much.
    Thanks very much for putting this out!

  6. yankeegospelgirl

    My comp. isn’t playing the samples for the new album. šŸ™

    That Centricity vid. is the best installment yet. Gosh, you’d never know John Mays co-wrote “Love In Any Language” from watching that stuff… crazy!

  7. yankeegospelgirl

    Ah, wait a minute, it doesn’t matter because I found it on iTunes. šŸ˜€

    The bit I heard of “Calling Out” sounds great. Very different from the original. My heart is still with Rich’s version though–I have a soft spot for hammered dulcimer.

    Question: Isn’t it “from the place where morning gathers,” not “in the place where morning gather?”

  8. MikeP

    Seriously Andrew? That cover is a painting? That kid has some chops. From the image here, it looks like a photo of a backlit starling. Wow.

  9. Loren

    What! Another new album? I just splurged and got A Way to See in the Dark along with finally getting Counting Stars. The Rabbit Room has definitely affected my pocketbook this year (though the dent is far outweighed by the joy and quality I’ve been able to share with family and friends). I’ll wait on this one for now. The anticipation will be worth it.

    …And your son’s painting is amazing.

  10. Marsha Panola

    Hey, Andrew, we love your Centricity video! Perfect. Especially the part about the mithril shirt, and the toothy cow on the desk, and trying out wardrobes at least a hundred times, and the way you look so convincingly like a little kid and….Thanks for the fun!

    Lovely album cover! I’m looking forward to hearing the record.

  11. Eddy Efaw

    The guys from Memphis (Wes, George, Rusty and Eddy) listened to this on the way to Hutchmoot. Nice work! LOVE the intros to the songs. It makes me feel better about all the shows I miss across the country. Avery and I will be at Hope Church on Friday to see you with Steven Curtis Chapman. Looking forward to it for sure! Have a safe drive over.

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