Grammy-nominated and renowned worship leader Kari Jobe released her third studio album, "The Garden," on Friday. In celebration of the release of her new album, Jobe debuted an acoustic video this week for the title track.
The release follows Jobe's 2014's critically acclaimed live recording, "Majestic," which won a GMA Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year and produced the recently RIAA gold-certified single "Forever."
The new album is rooted in a series of personal transition and remarkable grief for the singer and her family. In the past two years, Jobe married her husband, Cody Carnes, and moved from her hometown of Dallas to Nashville, where the couple bought their first home and had a baby.
With due dates three months apart, Jobe and her sister, Kris, were excited to be pregnant at the same time. Yet, in the midst of happy life changes, heartbreak struck. Seven-and-a-half months into her pregnancy, Kris gave birth to a stillborn daughter, James Ivy. Jobe, four months pregnant with her son at the time, was devastated.
While the birth of her son was undoubtedly a milestone to celebrate, her sister's loss weighed heavy on her heart. As Jobe held Canyon in her arms, she stood looking out the kitchen window of her new home. And there in her backyard, she glimpsed the first signs of spring. That day, Jobe made her way through the garden - a stark reminder of God's faithfulness in all circumstances. Looking up, interwoven in the archway, she couldn't help but smile as she saw what only God could produce: thick, green ivy lacing its way overhead, immediately reminding her of her niece's namesake.
The experience yielded the title track for Jobe's new album and fresh healing for her soul.
"Those seeds were planted years ago for it to be the way that it was that day for me, because it wasn't just last year that they planted all this beautiful ivy. That took years," she observed. "Something in my spirit started to rustle. Life was coming back. What felt dead in my heart was starting to wake up. It was like I'd been in this place of being numb in my walk with the Lord, but something just started blooming in my heart."
Supporting this album, Jobe will be headlining her "The Garden" Tour with special guests Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Leeland and Jonathan David & Melissa Helser beginning Feb. 19 with a hometown show in Nashville. See the tour dates and respective opening acts HERE.