SEATTLE, WA...July 9, 2009...Alternative worship band, The Glorious Unseen has just completed recording their sophomore album on BEC Recordings aptly titled "The Hope that Lies in You" releasing on August 25th. With a grassroots following from fans of hard rock bands like Underoath, Haste the Day, Classic Crime and mewithoutyou, The Glorious Unseen has written a new collection of authentic reflections dealing with the ups and downs of Christian life.
This upcoming album serves as a battle cry of optimism in our increasingly pessimistic world. The Glorious Unseen wants to encourage listeners to not live in fear and isolation--even when the media is saying everything is a disaster.
"If you sit and listen to the news, it's very, very depressing," shares worship leader Ben Crist. "You feel like you don't even want to leave your couch because there is no hope outside. It gets us in a mode of isolation. But when we're out there worshipping, everything is alive. God is alive--and moving. The title track is a reminder of the hope that lies in us as believers--and the hope that lies in God."
It was in his personal chaos that Crist found worship music and the birth of The Glorious Unseen. After college, Crist was searching for his next step when his former youth pastor started a Sunday night small group for anyone seeking community.
"When I showed up, everyone was just really honest--really authentic in direct pursuit of God," he says. "There was no fluff. No schedule. No agenda. We didn't pass an offering plate. It was refreshing because we were just getting together to connect with God in worship."
It was in this community of believers that Crist soon fell into the role of worship leader. "I'll never forget the first night I ever led worship. I was scared out of mind, but excited at the same time. But I felt like the Holy Spirit showed up, and it was a really intense night with this brutally honest worship."
Fast forward a few years and a label debut project later and The Glorious Unseen is ready to introduce new, fresh worship songs with their upcoming release. Serving as an anthem to the questioning soul is "Heavy Hearted," the album's first single hosts a melodic sound with pensive, thought-provoking lyrics.
"Whether we've grown up in church or are relatively new in the faith, we all feel like we're under God's judgment sometimes--whether that's accurate or not," Ben shares. "Maybe we feel like God doesn't like us. Or that He's disappointed in us. Heavy hearted is how we feel when we're struggling or dealing with various addictions we go back to time and again." Yet in those heavy hearted moments, Crist wants to remind listeners that there's still Hope in the midst of them.
The Glorious Unseen will be touring around the country; visit their MySpace for tour dates. The Glorious Unseen includes Ben and his band, which includes guitarist Ryan Stubbs, bassist Ben Harms, drummer Jon Todryk and pianist Patrick Copeland.
For more info on The Glorious Unseen, visit the JFH Artists Database.
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