(Nashville, TN) March 12, 2009 – Belfast, Ireland-based modern worship band Bluetree scores another No. 1 in the U.S. as its highly anticipated debut album, God Of This City, gains sales and captures the top Christian Retail and Praise & Worship chart positions for the second consecutive week. Released last week on the Lucid Artist label, the album also lands at No. 113 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, up 12 positions from last week as fellow Irish band U2 takes No. 1.
In addition to the sales success, Bluetree's God Of This City continues to gather widespread critical acclaim:
"…this band is a blue tree and one of the freshest sounding worship outfits to come around for a long time…Bluetree's debut plays out like a graceful drama…even if you know this song already ["God Of This City"], check out the original version; it's as good, or better, than all the covers." – Worship Leader
"Have you ever heard a new group and thought, 'This music is going to be important to me,' even though you're not sure why? I felt the same when I first heard Delirious?' King of Fools—it was unexpected, and some of it I wasn't quite ready for, but it was exactly what I needed. God Of This City is one of these albums. It's going to be important. Find an opportunity to share Bluetree with others!" – CBA Retailer + Resources (April issue)
"The production work on God Of This City is top-notch – great sounding project here! Bluetree is a band full of passion, that know how to take a song and build big, powerful hooks…Bluetree rises above the limitations of the genre with God Of This City, an album that preserves a creative rock sensibility while delivering an often-passionate, engaging and – yes – worshipful experience…" – Soul-Audio.com
"[Bluetree is]…one of the great bands of this generation, with a stunning debut album." – Belfast Telegraph quotes journalist and broadcaster, Mike Rimmer.
"This band of Irish brothers in Christ, with its rock and ballad-style songs, is sure to be the next big leader in bringing new songs to worship services around the world. The band's fun rock sound, backed by strong lyrics that glorify God, is definitely their strength." – CBN.com
One of Bluetree's songs that are already being sung in churches across the world is the new album's title track, "God Of This City." With the Willow Creek Association recently concluding its worship pastor seminar with the song, it was also recorded by Chris Tomlin and Passion and became the name and theme for the latest Passion project and world tour.
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 and beyond.
Already an R&R Most Added hit single in the U.S. and gaining momentum at radio, Christian Music Weekly further champions "God Of This City" in its current issue:
"…it features a mix of folk, rock, and Celtic flavors, with a bit of U2 thrown in for good measure, making for a good modern worship experience. This is more intense than the Passion version, for sure, with a few more production elements…"
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," says Aaron Boyd, Bluetree lead vocalist/guitarist. "And as Christians we're called to stand out, to be different—like blue trees."
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