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Passion's new album encourages listeners to 'Follow You Anywhere'

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Fri, Jan 4th 2019 03:25 pm
Passion (Melodie Malone, Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker) Photo courtesy of The Media Collective.
Passion (Melodie Malone, Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker) Photo courtesy of The Media Collective.

Live record released at Passion event held in four venues to nearly 40,000 people

Helmed by Passion (comprised of Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone), “Follow You Anywhere,” released this week, unveils a new, 10-track album that features the trio alongside Crowder and Sean Curran.

“Follow You Anywhere” dropped at the sold-out Passion 2019, where nearly 40,000 young adults from across the globe filled arenas in Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, D.C. The collection of music is perennially created for the thousands of 18- to 25-year-olds who unite for the Passion gathering, but the intention of each song is to empower worshippers around the world.

The project marks the first time a Passion record has been recorded at the conference's home base, Passion City Church in Atlanta. A physical release of “Follow You Anywhere” will hit shelves on Feb. 1.

“So much hard work and heart went into writing these songs over the last year,” Stanfill said. “Our band, the songwriters, our design team and our sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG team all leaned in together to make this album what it is. To now lead these songs at Passion 2019 and see a real love and devotion to Jesus come to life in these students is a beautiful thing. It’s why we do this. It’s why we write these songs. We believe that God is calling us to join him in the story he is telling in this moment and in this generation.”

A live video version of “More To Come” is available exclusively on Apple Music.

“Follow You Anywhere” accompanies a long line of chart-toppers. The previous album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's top Christian albums chart, making “Whole Heart” the ninth release from Passion to do so.

Attendees gathered in Atlanta’s State Farm Arena and Infinite Energy Center; The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas; and The Anthem in Washington, D.C., for Passion 2019. In addition to the live gathering, Passion 2019 was live-streamed simultaneously from the four locations to students from hundreds of universities and 36 countries. Passion founders Louie and Shelley Giglio and Passion Music were joined by guests Christine Caine, Matt Chandler and Chad Veach. Worship leaders and bands included Passion Band, Crowder, Lecrae, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes, Travis Greene, Andy Mineo, Mosaic MSC, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Trip Lee. 

Passion believes worship and justice go hand in hand, so students serve as well as worship. In the past few years, attendees have given some $8.3 million to fight modern-day slavery through Passion and The END IT Movement, assisting in awareness, prevention, rescue and restoration. Ending modern-day slavery was still a focus of Passion 2019, however, Passion is also calling students to give toward the Deaf Bible Society as part of Hope in Every Language. 

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