Plumb has been a staple in Christian music for over eighteen years, and it seems that she has no plans of slowing down her musical career any time soon. With seven studio albums under her belt, Plumb proved a long time ago that she was here to stay. With her newest release, Exhale, the album takes a slightly different route and revolves around her struggling marriage, how her and her husband were able to reconcile, and how her faith played a huge role during this time.
I had the privilege of attending Plumb's album release show this past week, which was held at a local church in Nashville, TN. Upon arrival, the parking lot was already filled, and there was a line of anxious fans wrapped around the building. Standing in line, I could overhear the chatter and feel the excitement amongst the crowd, knowing that they were eager to see and hear Plumb's new record.
Once inside, my friends and I were fortunate enough to snag a few seats towards the front of the room. The entire auditorium was packed full, with even more people trying to get inside. To kick off the night, JJ Heller and her husband opened the show. The Heller's performed a series of acoustic tunes, with JJ on vocals and her husband, Dave, on the guitar and ukulele. Throughout their set, the couple shared stories and pictures about their lives and their tour with Plumb, and during their last song, they brought their two daughters on stage to help sing. Their set was very laid back, humorous, and family-orientated, and it was a perfect way to warm the audience up for Plumb.
Soon after the Heller's departed, Plumb came out to share some background for the record and to talk about the different ministries she's involved in. Given the nature of the show, the set change was relatively short, so everything ran fairly smoothly and quickly. Once everything was finished, Plumb left the stage and the lights dimmed. Soon after, a backing track started to play and Plumb's band emerged from the side stage, adding to the anticipation for the woman of the hour.
Plumb soon arrived back on stage, and started right into "Champion," which is fresh off her new release. She then went into "I Don't Deserve You" and "Smoke," also off of Exhale. In between songs, she continued to share the inspiration behind the album, going more in-depth about how God provided grace and strength during that time of need. She primarily sang tracks off of Exhale, but also included her hit single, "Need You Now" in the set list. She continued to take time to encourage the audience and let them know that they are not alone in their struggles, and that God is always there for them. All too soon, Plumb closed out the night with a slower tune off of Exhale titled, "When You Walk Into the Room," and encouraged everyone to join in worship. She ended her set with a 'thank you,' before she left the stage, even though the audience was cheering for an encore.
Not only did Exhale's release show serve as a vessel to launch the record, but it was also a night filled with hope and positivity. It seemed that both artists wanted the audience to leave uplifted and encouraged, and, judging the reaction after the show, that was exactly how they left.-- Cortney Warner, 5/6/15
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