(Nashville, TN) March 25, 2009 – Belfast, Ireland-based modern worship band Bluetree has for the fourth consecutive week captured the top positions with God Of This City on the Christian Retail and Praise & Worship sales charts while moving up three slots this week to land at No. 103 on the Billboard Top 200. The sales successes have firmly placed the band as the best selling new artist this year at Christian retail.
Released March 3 on the Lucid Artist label, God Of This City has also sparked a radio hit as its title track continues to ascend the R&R AC Christian Monitor chart, leaping six slots this week to land at No. 24.
“Amazing! God is truly doing something wonderful here,” says Bluetree producer/engineer Paul Mills (Jason Morant, Third Day, Lincoln Brewster), reacting to the sales and radio successes. “We can all look back at this and realize that this is so much bigger than humans could pull off. God’s miraculous blessing made this happen!”
As the successes mount at radio and retail, the band continues to give away for a limited time its compelling, congregation-ready song “Each Day” from its acclaimed God Of This City debut album. The free song can be found at http://www.givmusic.com/bluetree. There is also a compelling acoustic video performance and explanation of the song, “God Of This City,” by Bluetree lead vocalist/guitarist Aaron Boyd on the site.
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. The song is also being sung in churches across the world, with the Willow Creek Association recently concluding its worship pastor seminar with the song. It was further recorded by Chris Tomlin and Passion and became the name and theme for the latest Passion project and world tour.
With an unabashed attitude of worship running through all of the songs on God Of This City, the album also reflects the highs and lows that inevitably come with the journey of faith. And that’s exactly what Boyd hopes that listeners will experience when listening to Bluetree—hope not necessarily dictated by circumstance—the moment when God does some of His best work and shaping.
Critics from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Belfast Telegraph and StereoTruth.net to Worship Leader, ChristianMusicToday.com, CBN.com and CBA Retailer + Resources and more are heralding Bluetree’s God Of This City, describing it as “stunning debut album,” “inspired and inspiring,” “an experience,” and calling the band the “next big leader” and “freshest sounding” with “compelling musicality.”
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