Oct. 2, 2008 – sixstepsrecords artist and Passion worship leader Charlie Hall
is enjoying enthusiastic reviews from leading Christian music publications for
his fourth studio album, The Bright Sadness. Released Aug. 19, the
record, which looks at life amidst sorrow, has captured the heart and attention
of industry critics everywhere.
A collection of songs that
reflect his current journey, “The Bright Sadness,” according to Hall,
“comes from me understanding my ordinary human condition and my deep love for
Jesus and the life He brings. It is the accepting of my brokenness and that in
the world around me while never losing sight of Christ’s closeness, His free
fellowship, His redemption and compassion, His Brightness.”
What the critics are saying
about The Bright Sadness:
Produced by band member
Kendall Combes along with David Hodges (Evanescence), who also produced Hall’s Flying
Into Daybreak (2006), The Bright Sadness delivers the band’s
signature modern worship sound paired with earnest, often very personal, lyrics
on songs. The album contains a number of songs that Hall and his band debuted
at the Passion Regional Events and on the Passion World Tour gatherings,
including “Chainbreaker,” “Mystery,” “Walk the World” and “You Are God.”
Hall will take The Bright Sadness on the road this fall playing at
universities and churches across the country. For more details on the
following tour dates, visit www.charliehall.com.
10/1 Chicago, IL
10/3 Columbia, MO
10/5 Little Rock,
10/8 Newark, DE
10/10 Athens, GA
College Station, TX
Colorado Springs, CO
Oklahoma City, OK
collection of songs that reflect his current journey, The Bright Sadness,
according to Hall, “comes from me understanding my ordinary human condition and
my deep love for Jesus and the life He brings. It is the accepting of my
brokenness and that in the world around me while never losing sight of Christ’s
closeness, His free fellowship, His redemption and compassion, His
by band member Kendall Combes along with David Hodges (Evanescence), who also
produced Hall’s Flying Into Daybreak (2006), The Bright Sadness
delivers the band's signature modern worship sound paired with earnest, often
very personal, lyrics on songs like “My Brightness” which readily confesses: Well
I’ve been hit from every corner/ I’ve been thrown from side to side/ And I’m
cracked up on the inside so I come to you for life. Similarly, “Knit My
Heart” expresses Hall’s most heartfelt desire to be one with God: Knit my
heart to you/ I’ll dream what you dream and see what you see/ Knit my heart to
you, I will move in you and you move in me.
explains, “The human experience can be really beautiful or really messy,
sometimes at the same time. I try to take those experiences and put them into
prayers or statements of faith in terms that don’t deny the experience, but
views them through the constant reality of Jesus. “
on the album are a number of songs that Hall and his band debuted at the
Passion Regional Events and the current Passion World Tour
[www.passionworldtour.com] gatherings, including “Chainbreaker,” “Mystery,”
“Walk the World” and “You Are God.” These and others fulfill his intent to “use
music to connect people to God, to give them prayers to sing, and words to use
the boundaries of what worship music is and can be, The Bright Sadness
beautifully reflects the life-giver these songs applaud,” comments Louie
Giglio, sixstepsrecords founder and director. “As
the title vividly portrays, Charlie continues to write from that fragile space
most of us have come to know as life in a broken world. Yet, in the reality of
it all, Charlie always stretches us to lift our gaze and cling to the
confidence that God's love is shaping our steps and holding our hearts.”
Hall's refreshingly honest and compelling songs of worship have deeply
connected once again with The Bright Sadness,” says EMI CMG Label Group
President Peter York. “We at EMI CMG are blessed to partner in Charlie’s
journey as he speaks to a generation with an inspiring transparency that is so
rare in our industry."
debut single from The Bright Sadness, “My Brightness,” will go for adds
at all Christian radio formats on July 25, 2008. For more information on
Charlie Hall, visit: www.charliehall.com
reprinted from CCM with permission
Passion artist-worshiper Charlie Hall's new album, FLYING INTRO DAYBREAK, has released to a wave of passionately supportive media reviews. Journalists are calling the set Hall's best work yet.
ChristianMusicToday.com says, "Producer David Hodges (Evanescence) helps forge a fresher sound here for both Hall and modern worship in general—somewhere between David Crowder Band and Delirious. Consider ‘Song of the Redeemed,' which combines strong melody with an urgent electronic rock beat and intriguing production effects that recall Mute Math, yet the song remains conducive to group singing. ‘Micah 6:8' stands as a thrilling match of Scripture to prayerful rock, while ‘Bravery' and ‘Sum of Beautiful' work as poetic art pop resembling The Choir . . . FLYING is Hall's best effort to date, the rare worship album that succeeds in creativity, accessibility, and practicality for the church with equal measure."
Worship Leader magazine writes, "There are some artists that have such a breadth of musical scope that your first listen of their newest album is like a journey through nature—at any moment, there is a chance you will come across something majestic. Hall's FLYING INTO DAYBREAK is one of those journeys, and the payoff is outstanding."
Christian Retailing calls Hall's work "an example of excellence in modern worship."
TRu.dAT.music describes FLYING INTO DAYBREAK as "remarkable . . . combines a brash rock feel with brilliant pop touches and an overall heart for worship. The album proves to be Hall's best expression of his creative talents to date, definitely worth checking out."
Hall is currently featured on the Student Life Tour with pastor Erwin McManus and drama team All Things To All People and will also lead worship at the upcoming Thirsty 06 conference. For a complete list of appearances and developing news about FLYING INTO DAYBREAK, visit CharlieHall.com.