Singer, songwriter, and author Sandra McCracken releases her brand new album Carry Each Other. The album features McCracken putting her own signature touches to 10 cover songs. Carry Each Other was produced by Tyler Chester and engineered by Mario Ramirez and Sam Weber at Sonic Ranch and Paperchaser Studios NoHo.
"We are each carried by certain songs through pivotal moments of our lives," McCracken reveals. "Alongside my love for songwriting and old hymns, I'm so excited to share this collection of songs written by some of the modern, musical truth-tellers who have carried me through some of my own life-seasons."
"I hope these recordings will shine light as you listen, reminding you of some of the songs that have carried you, too."
"Only Love Can Break Your Heart" - Neil Young
"Most of the Time" - Bob Dylan
"Everybody Hurts" - R.E.M.
"Heart of a Girl" - The Killers
"Anthem" - Leonard Cohen
"Fairest of the Seasons" - Nico
"Weather with You" - Crowded House
"It Ain't Me, Babe" - Bob Dylan
"You Can Never Hold Back Spring" - Tom Waits
"What'll I Do" - Irving Berlin
Born and raised in the Midwest, Sandra McCracken has since firmly planted her musical roots as a singer-songwriter and producer in the Southern soil of Nashville, Tennessee. Through and through, she is a musician by craft, trade, and gifting, but ultimately, she is a storyteller at heart. Keenly attuned to the thin line between the temporal and eternal, her storytelling has always invited audiences-whether found in clubs or coffee shops, churches, or the Mother Church of Nashville's own Ryman Auditorium-to consider their own humanity in relation to both creation and its Creator.
Over the course of her 14 critically acclaimed studio albums (including two projects with London indie label, Shell Records, and producer Peter Collins), Sandra has developed a body of work that encompasses hook-driven melodic pop, No Depression-style Americana, contemporary recastings of classic hymns, and even children's music as part of the Nashville alt-folk group, Rain for Roots, which crafts Scripture songs for children alongside collaborators the likes of Ellie Holcomb and Sally Lloyd Jones. Both she and her music have long held a remarkable appeal to a wide variety of audiences, whether as a vehicle for congregations across the globe to worship God in their church communities, or in placements for film and network television shows like Grey's Anatomy.
Sandra's development as a songwriter, along with her love for hymns and Scripture, culminated in 2015's Psalms, an album written and recorded during a particularly difficult time in her personal life. Throughout this season, she found herself returning to Psalm 43 and the psalmist's desire to praise God and remember Him as the refuge He truly is, even in the midst of heartbreak. After recording Psalms, she felt a new calling, one she says, "felt like coming home to something I didn't know I was missing"-leading others in worship, which led to serving as a worship leader in a local church for over five years.