April is a big month for Sojourn music. To kick of the excitement, we’re happy to announce the CD release of the Jamie Barnes / Brooks Ritter split record. Though this album has been available online for several weeks, this is the first we’ve been able to offer it on CD – available exclusively through our Bandcamp site and at Sojourn book tables. CD’s are shipping now!
Jamie and Brooks each serve as music directors at Sojourn campuses – Brooks at the Midtown campus, and Jamie at the East Campus (though Jamie still shows up for occasional evening services at midtown). They’ve long collaborated on musical projects both inside and outside Sojourn, gigging around the city and sharing musical ideas.
It seemed appropriate to bring their work together, though each side of the record has it’s own sonic footprint. Jamie’s record is definitely a studio project – a cinematic soundscape of strings, horns, and voices. Brooks’ record is more straight-forward rock, recorded mostly live at The 930 Art Center.
The record is a hybrid of songs – some meant for worship, some that are more like meditations and snapshots. Two Isaac Watts hymns make an appearance: Jamie’s “Absent from Flesh” and Brooks Ritter’s “Whom Have I in Heaven,” co-written with Rebecca Elliot, with whom Brooks also wrote “In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross” (from Before the Throne).
Jamie’s side also includes “Jealous Arm,” a song written during Sojourn’s Old Testament series, and “A City No Longer Forsaken,” written during our vision campaign, when we spent several months as a church reflecting on how we long to see the gospel transform our city. Brooks’ side includes Augustus Toplady’s wonderful hymn, “Rock of Ages”, and three original meditations on the gospel, “Good Day,” “The War”, and “Waters of Forgiveness (Hymn of a Changed Heart).”
Get yours today! If you order through our website, the purchase includes the immediate digital download of the record. Albums are shipping immediately! Get ‘em while they last.