FUTURES | “I’m Yours” added to Reborn
Christian, worship, praise; Influencers Music – STREAM / BUY EP
For Futures, the worship movement at Influencers Church—a Hillsong family church—their desire is to raise up a tribe of fearless dreamers that would influence their worlds for Jesus with a creative expression that is captivating and powerful. A global effort, Influencers Church has six campuses in Australia, and four in the Greater Atlanta area.
TEREM | Beautiful Morning
Electronic, hip hop; Illect Recordings — STREAM / BUY EP
A first-class beat maker and producer, Terem—who makes his home in France—is renown for garnering sync placements by some of the world’s leading brands such as Microsoft, Nestea, MTV, FOX Sports, ESPN, NBA, L’Oreal, Tommy Hilfiger, Service Now, Cover Fx, Android & Apple Apps and Gary Vee TV, among others.
AARON BURDETT | “Dirt Poor”
Americana; Organic Records — STREAM / BUY single
Aaron Burdett’s award-winning songwriting tells stories about life as reflected through the eyes of a Western North Carolina working man. Still, it’s rare for one of his songs to be as close to the autobiographical bone as “Dirt Poor,” his latest single from Organic Records.
Recorded with a lean, yet irresistibly rhythmic acoustic sound, it’s an authentic, clear-eyed but loving look at the distance between yesterday and today.
“This song is in part about my parents and our family and my experience growing up in an old summer cabin in the woods in Saluda,” says Burdett. “But it’s also about their friends and the community in the aggregate. The people we hung out with were cut from the same cloth for the most part. Everyone had some version of a shack in the woods they were slowly fixing up and raising a family in. They all gardened for food and sewed clothes and baked bread and somehow made whatever they needed instead of buying. That line about ‘spent most days helping somebody out’ is how I remember it.”
“It was a simpler time,” he continues, “Or at least I think it was. That’s another element of this song I hope comes across: our perception and memory of times past. The nostalgia element, if you will. When I look at a picture of our life from 1979 it seems simpler, more relaxing, happier. I’m not sure that it was, but those old photos with the rounded corners and brownish tint make me feel that way. That day was exactly like today in at least one respect though—good-hearted people are doing the best they are able with what’s in front of them. Hoping ‘it’s gonna get better if we all live right.’”
Echoing the refrain of his previous single, “Rockefeller” (STREAM/BUY)—“I’ve been getting by with what is mine”—“Dirt Poor” offers a detailed portrait of friends and neighbors who make self-sufficiency a community, rather than individual virtue, all summed up in a resolute “we were dream rich/but we were dirt poor” chorus that rings no less true for being immediately memorable.
YANCY & LITTLE PRAISE PARTY | “Ready Set Go”
Christian, children’s/kids; Yancy Ministries — STREAM / BUY single
Some things you go through in life change you forever because of the mark that they leave. The inspiration for Yancy’s newest song “Ready Set Go” came after a life-altering trip to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Seeing the massive size of the ark Noah built, established a perspective that she couldn’t understand before. The big takeaway from the experience was OBEDIENCE. Noah obeyed! He heard God speak and he took action. Even when it didn’t make sense. Even when everyone else questioned him and probably laughed at him, he moved forward in faith and obedience.
STEPHEN MOUGIN | “A Place for a Fool”
Bluegrass; Dark Shadow Recording — STREAM / BUY single
A multifaceted artist and businessman, Stephen “Mojo” Mougin is the founder of Dark Shadow Recording, and best known musically as principal guitarist for Sam Bush. Dark Shadow, located in Nashville, is label home for bluegrass, folk, and country artists such as award-winning Becky Buller and up-and-comer Rick Faris.
ANDRE HENDERSON | The Pimp is Back
R&B; UOTH Productions — STREAM / BUY album
ADRIAN DAVIS | “Love Won’t Stop”
Christian; Divers Music — STREAM / BUY single
RELEASED THURSDAY, APR. 16:
MERLE MONROE | “God’s Still in Control”
Bluegrass group Merle Monroe is excited for the release of their brand new single, “God’s Still in Control.” Written as a response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the chilling ballad serves as the lead single from the band’s forthcoming sophomore project, slated for release in early 2021.
“God’s Still in Control” was penned by Merle Monroe co-founder Tim Raybon in mid-March when it became obvious that the COVID-19 outbreak would soon be wreaking havoc on the country. As it became apparent that festivals and concerts were beginning to cancel, a heartbroken Raybon took pen to paper after more and more people began getting laid off from work. Following the news of the devastating Nashville tornadoes paired with the passing of Country legend Joe Diffie, the Bluegrass singer had a clear message in mind.
“While writing, I was reminded throughout history how real God becomes when we personally, or as a country face a sudden tragedy like Pearl Harbor, 9/11 or a loss of a spouse or a family member,” explains Raybon. “I knew deep down God is in control of this. Nothing takes Him by surprise. And sometimes it takes earthquakes, floods, tornados and even something we have never even considered like this coronavirus to get our attention. I hope this song is a blessing to you.”
Merle Monroe’s upcoming second album will serve as the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut project, Back to the Country. Heavily inspired by their main influences Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe, that connection is on full display throughout the collection. To date, the project and its songs have gone on to hit No. 1 on multiple charts, officially putting the band on the map over the last year.
To learn more about Merle Monroe, please visit the band’s official website. Also, anyone who would also like to make any kind of donation to musicians in need can do so through the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund.