Fire & Flood by J. Reynolds

_JReynolds_Header_FF

For singer-songwriter J. Reynolds, the release of Fire & Flood has been all about timing.

“This whole project was a lesson on God’s timing,” says Reynolds from his home in western New York State. “Honestly, I think it’s the first time I truly trusted him with something like this—these songs, the recording, the release—and just let go of my own agenda.”

When asked what brought him to this place, Reynolds is quick to cite the hardship that he’s experienced in life. “It’s really because of trials in my personal life,” he says. “I had no choice but to give this project to him from the start. Which isn’t that what a worship album should be about anyway?”

Any sooner or any later and it may not have worked.

The songs for Fire & Flood began when Reynolds started co-writing with longtime friend Brennan Blowers about 8 years ago.

“We started with We Lift You Up and Palm of Your Hand, which we played at our home church. The songs were so well received that we kept thinking we should write more and record them. It took seven years to get to a place where that made sense in our lives and our experiences. But any sooner or any later and it may not have worked.”

The album artfully marries organic with synthetic, drawing from Reynolds’ mastery of rich ambient tone combined with digital precision.

“There are acoustic guitars and other vintage instruments, but a ton of synths and programmed loops,” he says, pulling up a sample of Your Kingdom Come on his laptop. “I am very entertained and enamored with layers of sounds, so I and wanted to make a record that I would actually listen to as an artist.” True to Reynolds’ self-assessment, the song’s guitar parts dance effortlessly upon deeply layered pads. “However, at the end of the day, we wanted every song to be approachable enough for a solo guitar or piano with a room of worshippers.”

I lived a pretty safe and comfortable life, but going through some fires in the last year or two broke me down to where I knew I needed Jesus.

Reynolds notes that the record’s theme is about Christ carrying believers through life—through the fires and the floods of a broken world.

“This means some of the songs are dark musically,” he explains, “but that comes from a place of asking ‘Who am I, God, that You would know my name, and lift me up out of despair, and walk with my hand in Yours?’” But he insists that it’s those very same fires that help to refine Christians and deepen their acknowledgment of needing God. “I lived a pretty safe and comfortable life, but going through some fires in the last year or two broke me down to where I knew I needed Jesus if I was going to move forward.”

“The bridge in ‘Shelter’ sums it up for me every time,” he adds. “It says, ‘Every word that You have ever said is true / You are the rock that I have held onto / I know You hear me when I call upon Your name / You are my shelter’.”

When asked how he hopes the album will connect with people, Reynolds points out that “there are certain people for whom music is the best way to connect with God, but that they may not be satisfied by the usual flavors on the menu.”

“My hope,” he concludes, “is that the band and I were able to bridge a gap between the singable corporate worship songs that we all know and love with unconventional elements of surprise and wonder.”

Fire & Flood is available October 13, 2017 from online retailers everywhere. Visit jreynoldsmusic.com to listen and purchase. •

Fire Flood J Reynolds Cover

Weston Skaggs Signs Deal with Sprig Music

Weston Skaggs Sprig Music Signing HEADER v1

WATERTOWN, NY – Sprig Music is pleased to announce our partnership with recording artist and worship leader Weston Skaggs. As the newest artist on the Sprig roster, Skaggs comes with a long history of ministry to the church, as well as a deep reservoir of powerful songs that we believe the world needs to hear.

“I am so glad to be a part of the Sprig music family,” says Skaggs. “This team is full of incredibly talented and Godly people who have made me feel welcomed and encouraged.”

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Skaggs is known for his unique blend of indie folk music and American roots. Add to that his heart for the local church, and what comes out is a worship leader who’s able to paint pictures of the highs and lows of the human experience. His songs are deeply authentic and accessible, drawing from situations like the dramatic birth of his daughter.

“My wife, Amy, nearly died in childbirth with Paisley,” recounts Skaggs. “She lost 10 liters of blood due to hemorrhaging, and underwent a hysterectomy during a 4-hour life-saving surgery.” The implications of the surgery are far-reaching, as anyone can imagine. But Skaggs insists that God used the experience for good. “Some extraordinary things happen to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against them. Only one thing can account for it all—the love of God in Christ Jesus.”

And it’s precisely from this sort of place that Skaggs penned the lyrics to of his upcoming LP Joy & Sorrow Meet. “Out of the wreck I rise,” he says, “every single time.” The album pre-releases on Friday July 22, 2016 exclusively at Kingdom Bound at Darien Lake, NY with a full release the following Friday, July 29 on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and physically at Sprig Music Store.

“Being a church-founded, artist-centric label means that Sprig has no conflict of interest to tamper with their artists’ songs and personal calling,” Skaggs adds. “This has allowed me to feel very settled and free to create the most true expression of my art in the studio.”

For more information on Weston Skaggs, please visit sprigmusic.com/artists. For media interviews and booking, please contact Daniela Piña (315) 788-0825. •

Brothers McClurg to Release Christmas Album

WATERTOWN, NY – Sprig Music is pleased to announce that Brothers McClurg will release a new Christmas album entitled “Goin’ Back To Bethlehem,” on November 27, 2015, featuring a collection of brand new material as well as revisiting some old standards.

In conjunction with the full-length album, we’ll be releasing six music videos over six weeks, beginning this Friday, November 13th. Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

From the entire Sprig Music family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Brothers McClurg Signs Record Deal With Sprig Music

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
JANUARY 5, 2015

DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE PDF

__________________

Brothers McClurg Signs Record Deal With Sprig Music

By Victoria Peryer

WATERTOWN, NY – Henry Ford famously said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” And while Brothers McClurg and Sprig Music won’t be fabricating automobiles anytime soon, they will be making records together. Which, more than likely, will be played in plenty of automobiles.

Sprig Music is announcing its newest partnership with recording artists Brothers McClurg, signing a two-album record deal this month, as well as a comprehensive booking agreement.

“It feels like a very genuine and fresh approach to musical partnership,” says Brothers McClurg co-founder Chris Hoisington. “Partnering with Sprig is a natural next step for our season of ministry.”

The band, with four previous albums, is ramping up for the release of their newest LP (yes, it will be on vinyl too), entitled Home. The record was going to be independently released following the band’s amicable parting with Integrity Music, but now finds its home on the Sprig label.

Additionally, the band will be heading into Sprig Studios later this month to record a second release entitled Around The Mic. The project is anticipated to be a studio-capturing of their notable “around the mic” unplugged acoustic sets which fans of all ages have been requesting for years.

Producer and recording engineer Peter Hopper will be in the driver’s seat for Around The Mic—or at least calling shotgun to man the radio dials. With over 6,000 recording projects to his name, and a career spanning more than 50 years, his expertise is a perfect fit for the vintage sound the band is looking for. “We’re printing this to two-inch tape,” Peter says, speaking of Sprig’s two vintage Studer analog tape machines, which marry seamlessly with the studio’s Amek console and ProTools rig. “It doesn’t get any fatter or warmer than that. We’re just thrilled to be working with such wonderful guys to make wonderful music for Jesus.”

Paul Mitro, a fellow studio owner and live mixing engineer, will also be working alongside Peter on production for Around The Mic. Having worked closely with Brothers McClurg for years, his contributions will help maintain the sound and consistency the band has worked hard to achieve.

The deal takes the band/label partnership into 2016 complete with renewal options.

Anthony Hoisington, brother to Chris, expressed excitement over their new label affiliation. “Sprig Music is setting a precedent of how the music industry can function in the new age. It’s nice to have a grassroots approach and feel. Like making music on the front porch and drinking a nice sweet tea.”

Chris agrees, nodding with his iconic afro. “Our partnership works in a way that our handshake and friendship means more than the music that we’re making. It’s humbling to have people that believe in the power of music and the power of Christ.”

Both albums will release physically on Friday, March 27, hallmarked by an album release party in Buffalo, NY (venue TBA), while a digital release date of Tuesday, March 31 will be commemorated with a live streaming concert inside Sprig Studios.

“What we’re all involved with is a fresh and smart approach to ministry through the arts,” adds Jeremy Thompson, another of the band’s key members.

“Sprig is a liberating model of how a label, a Church and a band can come together and make Christ honoring music,” says Chris.

Subscribe to the band’s email list for news on the upcoming releases, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for a look behind the scenes as they record at Sprig Studios later this month.

And if you frequent an automobile, we highly recommend you add these upcoming tunes to your road-trip playlist.

Media:
Victoria Peryer
victoria.newlifenny@gmail.com
+1 (210) 452-1385

Booking:
Clarissa Collins
clarissa.newlifenny@gmail.com
+1 (315) 788-0825

Left to right: Christopher Hopper, Chris Hoisington, Anthony Hoisington, Kevin Bish, Peter Hopper, Jeremy Thompson.

Left to right: Christopher Hopper, Chris Hoisington, Anthony Hoisington, Kevin Bish, Peter Hopper, Jeremy Thompson.

Left to right: Kevin Bish, Jeremy Thompson, Chris Hoisington during final negotiations.

Left to right: Kevin Bish, Jeremy Thompson, Chris Hoisington during final negotiations.

Left to right: Peter Hopper, Chris Hoisington, Christopher Hopper, Anthony Hoisington, Jeremy Thompson, reviewing demo recordings in Sprig Studios’ control room.

Left to right: Peter Hopper, Chris Hoisington, Christopher Hopper, Anthony Hoisington, Jeremy Thompson, reviewing demo recordings in Sprig Studios’ control room.

Left to right: Peter Hopper, Christopher Hopper during final negotiations.

Left to right: Peter Hopper, Christopher Hopper during final negotiations.

Left to right: Anthony Hoisington, Jeremy Thompson, Chris Hoisington in Studio A tracking a test demo.

Left to right: Anthony Hoisington, Jeremy Thompson, Chris Hoisington in Studio A tracking a test demo.