(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) June 11, 2007 — Best-selling Inpop Records duo and one of the most sought after bands on college campuses and beyond, Shane & Shane, is poised to release their first studio album in nearly three years, Pages, August 28.
Their sixth album features 13 impassioned songs, plus a bonus track, and was co-produced by Shane Everett and Shane Barnard alongside Will Hunt (Bethany Dillon, Shawn McDonald, Robbie Seay Band). Recorded at Shane & Shane’s very own Spaceway Studios in Dallas, TX, Pages was named for a reference to the journal pages on which Barnard wrote much of the album and features the radio single currently climbing the charts, “We Love You Jesus.”
“I was looking out a coffee shop window, and I just got surprised with this song,” relays Barnard grasping for words to describe the experience. He had just finished writing all the songs for Pages when “We Love You Jesus” presented itself. “I’m sure that this song, if it’s playing in the heavens, is much better than I’ve relayed here, but the song came so fast, it felt like it happened without me.”
Opening up his Bible after “hearing” the song, he turned to 1st Corinthians Chapter 15. “Death oh death, where is your sting, it has been swallowed up in victory,” read Barnard. He did not realize that the verse and the song would come to mean so much to him as shortly thereafter his father, a new believer, died. “I remember singing this a week after my dad died and I had this moment of praise. While I hope the song does well on radio, I feel like the reason this song happened is because God let me see that my dad is getting to see Him for the first time with unveiled eyes. I feel like the song has been a sweet gift from the Lord.”
What manner of love is this that you would say
Your sin is mine - I'll take it to the grave (then rising)
Death oh death, where is your sting today?
Death is swallowed up in victory
We love You, Jesus!
“‘We Love You Jesus’ - the title alone conjures up so much emotion,” says Steve Etheridge, KPEZ (Austin, TX) music director. “Shane & Shane have managed to capture that emotion and deliver a beautiful song both lyrically and musically.”
One of the industry’s biggest concert draws, Shane & Shane will be playing “We Love You Jesus” and other fan favorites spanning its repertoire of hits while in concert this summer at numerous festivals, conferences, colleges and churches. Widely known for its engaging live performance, the duo also headlines the Pages 60-plus-city fall tour with acclaimed special guests Bebo Norman and Shawn McDonald. The tour begins mid-August and runs through mid-November.
Shane Everett and Shane Barnard formed the duo Shane & Shane soon after a mutual friend asked Everett if Barnard could borrow a guitar for a concert in 1997. In December 2001, they signed with Inpop Records, home to such notable acts as newsboys, Superchick, Mat Kearney, Tree63 and others. Since then, the acoustic-guitar wielding pair has become a college-circuit favorite with five label releases to its credit, hundreds of thousands of albums sold, Dove Award nominations, plus countless hours logged on the road, including headlining tours with Mat Kearney, David Crowder Band, Bethany Dillon, Robbie Seay Band, among others. The duo can also be found leading worship for the college bible study at Grand Prairie Bible Church in Grand Prairie, TX.