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CHRIS RENZEMA RELEASES LET THE GROUND REST –B-SIDES

EP Recorded Live In Nashville’s The Smoakstack Studio, Produced by Paul Moak

YouTube Premieres “The Smoakstack Sessions” Video Documentary




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NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media
January 8, 2021

Singer, songwriter and Dove Award-nominated Chris Renzema  releases Let The Ground Rest – B-Sides today (Jan. 8, 2021) at digital and streaming outlets internationally. The EP features five live studio performances, including three versions of songs from Renzema’s widely acclaimed sophomore LP and Centricity Music debut, Let The Ground Rest, along with two new songs thematically connected to the album: “Tear My House Down” and the American Songwriter-featured single “Mercy.”

The new Let The Ground Rest versions on B-Sides include the title track, “God Is Love,” and the Air1 Radio Network-featured “Springtime.” Each of these songs were also captured on video for The Smoakstack Sessions video documentary, which was premiere-streamed this week on YouTube.

With B-Sides recorded in the famed Nashville studio The Smoakstack and produced by five-time GRAMMY-nominated Paul Moak, the new music is a window into how the songs were formed while on tour. 

“The first couple projects that I did were recorded in various studios around Nashville and piecemealed together,” reflects Renzema. “What’s cool about working out of The Smoakstack is that we got to play together as a band. Making music as a group feels less mechanical and more human,” something that was especially fulfilling for the artist this year.

“2020 has been really hard,” states Renzema. “I think it has been a journey for me as a writer and a person, discovering what it even means to be content, what it means to let your plans change.

“A lot of what I wrote for the last project has taken on new meaning in the pandemic,” continues Renzema, “and singing about waiting on a season to change or sitting it out through a hard time means a lot more to me now that it did then.”

Like the Let The Ground Rest LP that has received more than 90 million streams since its April 24 release, the heart behind the B-Sides EP is the idea that growth comes from periods of rest, of barrenness.

“It’s really easy to think that God is in the growth, but that He’s not in the empty field. It’s an unfortunate thing that we tie together the barren field as somehow a sign of a lack of favor or of God’s presence, but things need to rest in order to grow,” shares Renzema. “You can be upset that your plans got destroyed or you can find a new way forward.”

Receiving a 2020 Dove Award nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” Renzema is continuing to offer new music to his growing base of fans worldwide. Logging more than 8.75 million streams across multiple platforms in its first week at retail and streaming outletsLet The Ground Rest caused Jesusfreakhideout.com to label Renzema “one of the best-kept secrets of the independent music scene” while NewReleaseToday.com says the recording “speaks to hope” in this season the world is in. In between the opening and closing tracks, Renzema shares real-life, hopeful messages along with worship in singles like “17” and “Better.” The latter song was written “as a sort of ‘get well soon’ card to the world, having no idea I’d be releasing it during a worldwide pandemic.”





With authentic artistry that continues to resonate with an ever-growing audience, all the latest Chris Renzema tour, music and more news can be found at http://chrisrenzema.com/FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeSpotify (702,000 monthly listeners) and Apple Music.

About Chris Renzema:

Shifting seamlessly from indie rock to folk worship to Americana, Renzema’s voice and lyrics cut to the bone singing about hope and echoing the universality of both pain and praise. With more than 36 million audio streams of his first album, I’ll Be The Branches, over one million Spotify track saves over the last 12 months and Pandora naming him a 2020 “Artist to Watch,” Renzema’s groundswell continues to build, all organically. “The music we’re making isn’t being engineered to hit any playlists or radio or anything like that,” says Renzema. “The strategy is to let it hit the people that want it already and let that inform where it’s going. We’re taking the toolbox we have and refining it, not adjusting or changing or moving it.”

About Centricity Music: 

Centricity is an independent Christian music company based in Franklin, TN. Founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity, its artist roster includes Andrew Peterson, Apollo LTD, Caitie Hurst, Chris Renzema, Coby James, Jason Gray, Jonny Diaz, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle, Neon Feather, North Point Worship, PEABOD and Unspoken. Providing label and publishing services, Centricity is a family-owned organization, and they like it that way. The committed work of its staff and artists has yielded successes such as Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, Dove Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, and multiple Gold and Platinum Albums and Singles. For more information on Centricity Music, visit www.centricitymusic.com.


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