(Nashville, TN) March 5, 2009 – Belfast, Ireland-based modern worship band Bluetree hits U.S. shores with its highly anticipated debut album, God Of This City. Releasing this week on the Lucid Artist label and already climbing to the top of the sales charts this week, the album hit No. 1 on the Christian Retail and Praise & Worship charts, and No. 125 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
“An Irish-invasion is happening this week!” exclaims Greg Lucid, Lucid Artist CEO referring to Bluetree and U2 albums released Tuesday. “Bluetree has crafted an album full of songs that are already being sung worldwide in churches and by music fans everywhere. With the album sales and growing success of the radio single, ‘God Of This City,’ I believe a new breakout band is on the horizon. As the lyrics to the album’s title song say, ‘Greater things are yet to come…’”
In addition to the sales success, the critics are also cheering the new album and the “heart” of Bluetree:
“Bluetree were clearly ready for their moment of discovery, and hearing the group for the first time, it sounds like it may be positioned to take up the mantle for Delirious? as the longtime British worship leaders prepare to disband. Like those guys, and another band from Ireland that releases an album today, Bluetree is inspired and inspiring.” – Lexington Herald-Leader
“…these Belfast rockers are anticipated imports thanks to compelling musicality and introspective songwriting…Sounds like the modern worship stylings of Chris Tomlin, Delirious? and the David Crowder Band crossed with the alternative aura of Oasis.” – ChristianMusicToday.com
“…you might just get delirious listening to [God Of This City], delirious in the power and majesty of God. But don’t miss the message of Bluetree: it’s time to get up and get moving to be God’s hands and feet so that God’s kingdom would come to this earth, to heal the sick and free the captives. What kind of tree will you be?” – HollywoodJesus
“Since writing [‘God Of This City’], the band’s momentum has been nothing but fast and furious ever since.” – Gospel Music Channel
“The music of Bluetree is an experience. This experience may well be loud, bold and energetic. It may also be soft and so quiet you can hear the heart beat of the person beside you. You may be blown away by the powerful thud of the kick drum or the hypnotic wail of the electric guitars. However, if this is all you experience then your time with them may very well have been wasted. Through all the noises and beats, all the melodies and harmonies, what they want you to experience is the overwhelming presence of God.” – StereoTruth.net
Bluetree members have never been interested in writing feel-good worship songs that may incite a few goosebumps on Sunday morning, but don’t exactly inspire change and action once the church service has ended. And in this case, their own action led to the creation of a song that inspires both.
Written by Bluetree during a mission trip and while the band was on stage performing worship songs in the Climax Bar, a club which doubles as a brothel in the Red Light district of Pattaya, Thailand, “God Of This City” became a message of hope for the people of Pattaya.
“Growing up in Belfast means that we’ve grown used to people crying in church, begging God to change our city,” says Boyd. “I don’t know whether you become numb to it all, but I do know that I had never really had those kind of feelings for a particular place. It all changed that night in Pattaya. The feelings of compassion took over and I started just to sing out what I knew was true about who God is to the people of the city.”
Resonating with people everywhere, the song has now also become an R&R Most Added hit single in the U.S. as scores of stations nationally begin playing the song. The song is also being sung in church services around the globe, was recorded by Chris Tomlin and Passion, and became the name and theme for the latest Passion project and world tour.
Bluetree is all about being unique in a world that often reveres conformity. “If you’re in a forest and there’s nothing but green trees —everything being as you’d normally see it—but then you see a blue tree with blue bark, blue leaves, blue branches, well, it would catch your eye,” Boyd says. “And as Christians we’re called to stand out, to be different—like blue trees.”
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