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The Porter's Gate links with Integrity Music to release second collective project: 'Neighbor Songs'

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Mon, Aug 26th 2019 09:55 am

Releasing Oct. 25; debut single "Nothing to Fear (Feat. Audrey Assad)’ available

Integrity Music is partnering with The Porter's Gate, a sacred ecumenical arts collective, to release its second project, titled “Neighbor Songs,” on Oct. 25. The first track, "Nothing to Fear (feat. Audrey Assad)," is available (click here). 

The Porter's Gate was founded in 2017 by Isaac and Megan Wardell, with a mission to be a "porter" for the Christian Church – one who looks beyond church doors for guests to welcome. Isaac also works as director of worship arts at Trinity Church.

It started as a group of 50-plus songwriters, musicians, scholars, pastors and music industry professionals from a variety of worship traditions and cultural backgrounds gathered for meaningful conversation about worship and vocation. The result was the release of “Work Songs.”

In January, the collective gathered again over three days for a series of discussions about the challenges of worshipping across lines of difference. This group consisted of Christians from all theological backgrounds, denominations, worship traditions, as well as cultural and racial difference. As they discussed challenges, they composed new worship songs and hymns with the hope of providing the church with more songs that “specifically celebrate God's call to love our neighbors as ourselves.”

"We were so pleased to have so many songwriters who spoke different languages and came from such different worship traditions all sitting around tables and learning from one another and writing new worship music together," Isaac Wardell said. "We hope that the result is something that will be really useful to churches looking to welcome in neighbors of all backgrounds."

Artists of The Porter's Gate such as Audrey Assad, Casey J, Diana Gameros, Josh Garrels, Latifah Alattas, Lauren Goans, Leslie Jordan, Paul Zach, Urban Doxology and Zach Bolen gathered to record the new album, “Neighbor Songs.” The upcoming project features stripped-down song arrangements that range in style from gospel, to contemporary Christian, to neo-classical to Mexican ranchero.

A release said, “In the current times of political and civic strife and polarization, it is the hope of The Porter's Gate that these new songs will help churches continue to grow in worship practices that unite worshipers around the good news of the gospel – that God is truly redeeming all things.”

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