Nashville, Tenn. July 13, 2010... Audrey Assad’s freshman release is proving to be a hit with critics as The House You’re Building debuts at retailers nationwide today.
Below is just a sample of what the reviews are saying...
“At the intersection of Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant, in a summer cottage once owned by Carole King and occasionally rented by Dido, you'll find Audrey Assad, perhaps casually assembling a casserole from leftover strains of Lisa Loeb and Sade. And if you can imagine such a thing, then you've probably got a pretty good feel for Assad's latest contemporary Christian release, The House You're Building.” – www.The-Trades.com
“A gold nugget ... that is the best description I can think of for The House You’re Building. In a culture where oftentimes, the look of the Christianity ‘mask’ that people wear is more out front than their faith, Audrey Assad doesn't just refuse to wear the mask, she bares herself down to her core for us all to see. This amazing young woman has a lot to say and we're all the lucky recipients of it.” -www.christianmusic.about.com
“… The House You’re Building is quite Impressive.” – www.CCMmagazine.com
"Audrey Assad has created something beautiful with her debut album. Her emotive voice takes you to the high places and the deep spaces that are as unexpected as they are welcome." – C. E. Moore, www.TheChristianManifesto.com
“… her personality and lyricism seem a bit more believable than a lot of her peers in the contemporary genre that she falls under. It's one thing to have a technical skill, it's a whole other ballgame when you can sell it with artistic ability and a delicate honesty is portrayed." – www.ChristianMusicZine.com
"Since hearing 'Winter Snow' on the radio last Christmas, I've been eagerly awaiting new music from Audrey Assad. Her lovely voice and poetic lyrics bring something refreshing, honest, and beautiful to the sound of worship music. A beautiful start to a promising career... this talented singer/songwriter is one to watch." – Jen Rose, www.Jesusfreakhideout.com
Listeners are already responding to The House You’re Building lighting up twitter this morning with early praise for the new CD.
“Check out this great new artist, friend and guest on #theshelter. Gorgeous music!” - @jarsofclay
“Do not. I repeat DO NOT hesitate to purchase this album! Unless you don't like amazing...” - @mikedonehey (tenth avenue north)
“Just bought the new @audreyassad album and so should you”
“I love the CD! Everyone should go get this album”
“I just bought @audreyassad new album "The House You're Building". Do yourself a favor and get it now.”
Assad’s promo tour kicked off in Orlando and will be making stops in Jacksonville, FL, Tampa, FL, Grand Rapids, MI, Birmingham, AL, Baltimore, MD, Indianapolis, IN and others throughout the week visiting radio stations and talking about the debut project and radio single “For Love of You.” Also, Assad teamed up with fellow Sparrow Recording artist Britt Nicole for Disney’s Night of Joy preview parties with concerts taking place across Florida.
The standout track “Restless” has been selected as Audrey’s next single from The House You’re Building to hit AC and CHR radio in August. The song, co-written with Matt Maher, has already received early recognition from the worship community at this year’s re:create conference and has proven to be a fan favorite on the road.
Produced by Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Natasha Bedingfield, Bethany Dillon, Brooke Fraser), The House You’re Building features collaborations between Assad and everyone from Maher, LaRue and Ben Glover (Britt Nicole, Mandisa, Gloriana) to Marc Byrd (Hammock, Third Day, Kutless, Leeland) and Sarah Hart (Amy Grant, Adie Camp, Robbie Seay Band). Additional lyrical inspiration came from Assad’s love of literature and her memories of middle school; Audrey turned to favorite poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Francis Thompson, to the works of St. Augustine and C.S. Lewis, and to her own feelings of still not quite fitting in. Assad has already toured with industry elites Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher, Tenth Ave North and more. The 27 year-old, Phoenix-based singer songwriter also landed a duet with Chris Tomlin with “Winter Snow” on his Glory in the Highest Christmas album as well as sang with Brandon Heath on 2 songs from forthcoming Jars of Clay Shelter project.
For the most up to date tour information, stay tuned to http://www.myspace.com/audreyassad.
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