Ten years and nine records since critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Phil Wickham released his first worship album comes a bold new project focused on the forward movement of faith. This new studio record, The Ascension, releases September 24 and draws Phil’s compelling vocals and spiritual sensibilities into a community of music that has always been a passion for him: worship. The Ascension was inspired by the Songs of Ascent passages in the book of Psalms, songs sung by the Jews when they would ‘ascend’ to visit the Holy Temple for festivals. Phil’s modern Songs of Ascent bring together melodic hymns and vibrant lyrics and is present in the album’s 11-tracks. The album’s lead single “This Is Amazing Grace” is currently at radio and speaks on God’s unfailing love and amazing grace. Check out the lyric video here.
Phil shares on The Ascension, “God no longer dwells in the city or in the temple. But the Church has become the city. The Church has become his temple. Every time we get together as a body—whether it’s a home fellowship or in a mega-church—his temple is gathering together. He’s living inside of us, creating a special moment that’s been ordained. I wanted to write modern Songs of Ascent.”
Producer Pete Kipley, who has had a long history with Phil, returns to collaborate on The Ascension to create a brilliant collection of soaring tracks, skilled guitar licks and unexpected yet sing-able melodies. Phil’s skills as a songwriter create beautiful imagery and paint the picture of each of us ascending the mountain of God with powerful tracks like “Carry My Soul,” and “Mercy.” This Fall, Phil will be touring across the country, for a complete list of show dates visit www.PhilWickham.com.
Track Listing for The Ascension:
1. The Ascension
2. Holy Light
3. Carry My Soul
4. This Is Amazing Grace
5. Over All
6. When My Heart Is Torn Asunder
9. Tears of Joy
About Phil Wickham:
Phil Wickham is at his core a humble and sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush that he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listeners’ hearts and minds. The evidence of this gift has been apparent on all four of his critically acclaimed efforts: Phil Wickham(2006), Cannons (2007), Heaven & Earth (2009) and Response (2011). The critically acclaimed artist released his most recent studio album Response, last year. The album hit No. 1 on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Albums Chart, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top Christian & Gospel Albums chart, No. 4 on the Christian Soundscan Chart and peaked in the Top 25 on the iTunes® overall albums chart.