“Across the River”
RECORD LABEL:Sonlite Records
Following the somber yet inspirational mountain sounds of “Like a Songbird That Has Fallen,” the first single from his upcoming roots-centered follow-up to the GRAMMY-nominated Beautiful Day, Christian singer-songwriter Mark Bishop returns with “Across the River,” a self-penned reflection on the promise of eternal life that leans more deeply into the project’s Celtic side.
Co-produced by Jeff Collins and backed by a group of musicians that includes multi-instrumentalist Jeff Taylor (accordion, penny whistle, bones), fiddler Andy Leftwich, percussionist Tony Creasman, legendary studio guitarist David Johnson and bassist and co-producer Mark Fain—with, like “Songbird,” Endless Highway’s Ally Griggs contributing a harmony vocal—Bishop delivers a crisp, heartfelt vocal that places his mastery of an Irish-flavored musical lilt in the service of an essential Christian vision: the heaven that believers know awaits “Across the River.” As the song unfolds, its intricate melodies are taken up by one instrument after another before, in a counter-intuitive yet just-right move, they fade away and Bishop’s voice moves front and center, unaccompanied, to reveal the lyric’s ultimate message.
“Gospel songs bring hope,” he observes. “Maybe our generation hasn’t had to deal with wars and forging a life in the wilderness like generations past, but today we have all new stresses and anxieties never before dreamed of. And, too, all of us in this life face death and loss. That never changes. I think that’s why Gospel songs that speak about heaven and a ‘better world to come’ will always resonate. ‘Across the River’ sings about God’s promises of no more tears, no more heartache, and joyful reunions some day. That’s a message that means as much today as it did a thousand years ago.”
KEY SELLING POINTS
- Mark received his first GRAMMY nomination with his 2020 album, Beautiful Day
- Over the past thirty years, Mark’s songs have been staples on gospel music radio, accumulating numerous hits on the national airplay charts