GMA Song of the Year Dove Award winning artist Tim Hughes releases his fourth, full-length studio album, Love Shine Through, from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. Writer of “Here I Am To Worship,” “Beautiful One,” “Happy Day,” “Jesus Saves” and many more modern worship anthems sung by tens of millions every week in worship services around the world, Hughes’ first studio album in four years is being heralded by critics as his best album to date.
Produced by Martin Smith (Delirious?), Love Shine Through is Hughes’ most collaborative project yet, featuring co-writes with Smith, Stu G (Delirious?), Ben Cantelon, Phil Wickham, Nick Herbert, Nikki Fletcher and Keys Kraayenoord. Additional guest musicians adding their unique stamp on the album include members of Rend Collective Experiment on various instruments, Jesus Culture’s Kim Walker-Smith adding her distinct vocals, Michael Guy Chislet (Hillsong UNITED) on guitars, Josiah Sherman (The Listening) adding his keyboard work and Marc James (Vineyard, Verra Cruz) on slide guitar, background vocals. Additional backing voices on the album include: Jerry Brown, David Grant, Fay Simpson and Jesus House Gospel Choir. The album was mixed by Sam Gibson (Pearl Jam, Jesus Culture, Elvis Costello) and mastered at Abbey Road. There is also a bonus track, “At Your Name,” produced by Nathan Nockels (Brenton Brown, Chris Tomlin, Passion).
The first track on the new album, “Counting On Your Name,” written by Hughes, Herbert and Cantelon, is being offered as a free download this week by Gospel Music Channel (http://www.watchgmctv.com/music/download) and HearItFirst.com (http://www.hearitfirst.com/1clickdownloads/download.aspx?iid=1051093), where you can also hear a full stream of the album now. The song’s companion video is airing at broadcast outlets internationally and can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hwZnJdcJjU.
“The song captures so much of what faith comes down to; that we’re nothing without God. We try to rely on so many things - finances, health, friendship, love, sex, happiness, whatever - but none of these physical things are eternal. Only God is the one we can really depend on…I hope the song captures a sense of desperation, a rawness, a sense of it being all or nothing,” says Hughes.
Another standout song on the album, “Jesus Saves,” which was also recorded by Jeremy Camp and released as a radio single, received a Most Performed Song award during the 33rd Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards held last month.
“Love Shine Through is both a prayer for change, and a statement of truth,” states Hughes. “In my walk with God and my expression of worship, I’ve been pushing myself to be more real, daring and honest. I guess these songs are an attempt to articulate that longing for more of God; that belief that He is everything and the desire that in all things, His love would shine through.”
The response to Hughes’ offering has gathered cover features from Worship Musician (May/June 2011) and Encounter Magazine (early 2012), as well as current or upcoming feature stories from CCM, NewReleaseTuesday.com (which is also streaming the album), Cross Rhythms, Baptist Standard and more. Here is what media are saying about Love Shine Through:
“It’s exciting to see Hughes put his beliefs into such magnificent action on Love Shine Through…his broadest and richest effort to date.” – Foursquare Leader
“Overall this album is a great mix of styles and sounds, with strong songs produced creatively…if this is how the fresh wave of worship is going to sound, then the future looks exciting. Tim hasn’t settled for a safe mediocre album. He has gone for songs that are bolder and stronger than anything he has written before; the most complete album Tim has ever made.” – Louder Than The Music 5-Star review
“This is one of the top worship albums of the year and the best overall album by Tim Hughes... Love Shine Through is chock-full of several great new worship anthems…” – NewReleaseTuesday.com
“Four years since his last release, Tim Hughes is back and going strong with powerful worship anthems adoring Jesus for saving us. He’s great at what he does, both musically and lyrically, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one or more songs on this record become worship service standards in the near future.” – Indie Vision Music
To listen to Hughes giving his first-person overview of the album, see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTwdOc9kRNU&feature=youtube_gdata.
Artist-worshipper, songwriter, author and UK-native Tim Hughes encourages listeners to take worship further than Sunday morning by freely worshipping Christ in every thought, action and aspect of daily life. Having received two GMA Song of The Year Dove Awards for “Here I Am To Worship,” the song has also been recorded by artists such as Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Rebecca St. James, Jeremy Camp and Passion. The Director of Worship at London’s Holy Trinity Brompton (home of the Alpha Course), Hughes is also an acclaimed author of the Regal Books release, Holding Nothing Back.
Tracing its music heritage to 1969, Kingsway today is known as a leader in Worship Music. As the creator of Thank You Music, and later in partnership with EMI, its catalogue includes songs such as “Here I Am to Worship,” “In Christ Alone,” “Everlasting God” and “Blessed Be Your Name” to name a few.
Kingsway’s songs are sung in more than 300,000 churches worldwide accounting for over 30% of CCLI’s (Church Copyright Licensing International) bestseller list. With writers and artists like Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, Delirious?, Graham Kendrick and Stuart Townend, Kingsway is dedicated to feeding the Church with songs that will change the world. As the music arm of David C Cook, a non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, CO, a significant portion of the profits that Kingsway and David C Cook generate are used to provide discipleship and music materials free of charge to church leaders in developing parts of the world who wouldn’t be able to get them any other way.