The sophomore, full-length album from UPPERROOM, Land of the Living, already hit No. 1 on iTunes' Christian / Gospel chart while gathering well over one million streams so far on Spotify alone since its global release March 20. The recording captures ten anthems recorded live across several Sunday services at UPPERROOM, the church in Dallas' creative Design District that started in 2010 and exists to plant praying communities centered around the Presence of Jesus throughout the earth.
Originally scheduled to release later this year, Land of the Living was revealed early as the team at UPPEROOM felt the songs were meant to inspire hope, peace and faith amidst a season where the world is struggling with Covid-19.
"The album has been done and we're releasing early, not because we are rushing anything, but because the timing is right," shares UPPERROOM Global Director, Autumn Williams, during a podcast at https://podcast.upperroom.co/episodes/land-of-the-living.
"I feel like this is going to impart hope to a lot of people who may be struggling with hopelessness," adds Elyssa Smith, who leads worship at UPPERROOM's main church campus in Dallas, TX. "For it to drop at this moment, having no idea six, seven months ago that we would be living in this time, I see the intentionality of the Lord. And I feel the absolute honor and humility of the Lord trusting our community with these types of songs, knowing that this week was coming for the nation and the earth."
Like its Good Morning America-featured "Surrounded (Fight My Battles)" featured on its acclaimed debut album, To The One, UPPERROOM's Land of the Living songs have been uniquely curated by its songwriters as they gathered together to expand melodies and lyrics spontaneously received in the ministry's Morning/Noon/Night Prayer Room. Produced by Matt Fish and Oscar Gamboa, the new album also includes the title track that began in a night of deep despair for worship leader Cody Ray Lee.
"As I cried out to God that night the verses came to me instantly and they felt like the deep intercession of my soul being poured out to God," says Lee. "The more I sang the verses I started realizing that the chorus was going to be David's declaration in Psalms 27:13: 'I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living,' a declarative statement for all who need/desire God's goodness.
"My encouragement to those listening is that no matter the state of being we are in, we can remain confident that God's goodness will always shine through," continues Lee.
The new album further features "Into The Battle," a prayer against anxiety and depression, "Oh The Cross," a declarative response to the rescuing work of Jesus led by Smith and co-written by Jeremy Riddle, "Rest On Us," which honors the Holy Spirit and the day of Pentecost, and "Unto the Lamb," inspired by Colossians 1:15-18 and Revelation 5.
The full Land of the Living track listing and respective songwriters, follows:
1. Rest on Us (Live) - Elyssa Smith, Anthony Brown, Brandon Lake, Harvest Bashta, Jonathan Jay, Rebekah White
2. Land of the Living (Live) - Cody Ray Lee, Elyssa Smith, Oscar Gamboa
3. Move Your Heart (Live) - Elyssa Smith, Oscar Gamboa, Joel Figueroa, Dante Bowe
4. Oh the Cross (Live) - Lindy Conant-Cofer, Elyssa Smith, Jeremy Riddle
5. Into the Battle (Live) - Matt Fish, Cody Ray Lee, Julian Gamboa
6. King of Kings (Live) - Brett Bell, Beau Maddox
7. I Just Love You (Live) - Matt Fish, Oscar Gamboa, Abbie Gamboa
8. Unto the Lamb (Live) - Joel Figueroa, Sebastian Suarez, Oscar Gamboa
9. Emmanuel (Champion of the World) (Live) - Eniola Abioye, Oscar Gamboa, Joel Figueroa, Sebastian Suarez
10. History (Live) - Jonathan Lewis, Matt Fish, Julian Gamboa, Sebastian Suarez, Oscar Gamboa
For more information on UPPERROOM and its new music, go to https://www.upperroom.co/music, YouTube (291,000 subscribers), Spotify (676,000 monthly listeners), Instagram (148.000 followers), Facebook, Twitter and www.urdallas.com/podcast.
UPPERROOM is the music ministry of Upperroom Global, a prayer and worship movement that exists to see God's presence transform cities. Founded by Senior Pastors Michael and Lorisa Miller with campuses in Dallas and Frisco, TX, Denver, CO and Delhi (India), Upperroom Global's mission is to be an equipping engine for ministry to the Lord through planting local churches, events, training, funding modern-day Levites and creating online media resources for the masses. Opening its doors ten years ago without much fanfare, people around the globe are now singing its songs as around 100 vocalists, songwriters and musicians contribute their talents to leading people in worship three times a day, six days a week.
Although UPPERROOM has been leading people in worship and prayer for a decade, it was only recently that they began to release their music to the culture at large. Last year, UPPERROOM launched its debut album, To The One, featuring Surrounded (Fight My Battles)," a song that was initially birthed in UPPERROOM's Prayer Room and has since circled the globe, including Michael W. Smith singing it live on ABC's "Good Morning America." All the UPPERROOM songs showcase authenticity and are a poignant snapshot of what's been taking place at UPPERROOM for some time.