Stevenson family also welcomes new baby girl on album release date
Last week, Gotee Records' Ryan Stevenson released his new studio album, “Wildest Dreams.” The new studio project was almost entirely produced by Micah Kuiper and Bryan Folwer for Man Cub Music House, along with production from Jordan Sapp and Tyrus Morgan. The first radio single, "Amadeo (Still My God)", is currently in the Top 10 on the Billboard Christian AC indicator and Top 20 Billboard Christian airplay and Christian AC monitored charts.
"These songs are a collection of deep prayers, brokenness, joy, victory, celebration, defeat, pain, grief and reflection," Stevenson shared. "It makes me feel so many things; most importantly, it moves my heart closer to Jesus! I pray it does the same for you and I'm so excited to share it."
A press release said, “ ‘Wildest Dreams’ will inspire the listener to move to a place of trust and dependence on God. In addition to honoring his mother on the album (‘When We Fall Apart’), Stevenson also wrote a song for his dad, ‘With Your Life,’ where he wanted him to know that he now realizes how much his dad loved him as he reflects on his own life as a father.”
During release week, Stevenson received much attention from digital platforms on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and Amazon Music as he was the cover image for features at each. His song, "Amadeo (Still My God)," was the No. 1 song on the Amazon Music's Divine Sound Playlist as well as Spotify's top Christian playlist. He was also featured on American Songwriter's homepage and featured on the New Release Today Podcast. On Friday, Stevenson will perform on TBN's “Grace with Max Lucado” show.
In addition to releasing his new album, Stevenson and his wife, Kim, welcomed their new baby girl, Birdie Rae, on the same day, June 5. She is joined by two big brothers who have actively prayed for a baby sister for years.
More About Ryan Stevenson
Following a nine-year stint as a paramedic, Pacific Northwest native Stevenson signed an exclusive agreement with Gotee Records in 2013 after capturing TobyMac’s attention by co-writing the No. 1 and Grammy-nominated single “Speak Life." His first recording for the label was the “Holding Nothing Back” EP in 2013. This was followed by 2015’s full-length album, “Fresh Start,” which featured the RIAA Gold-certified single “Eye of the Storm.” No. 1 for 16 total weeks in 2016, including nine weeks at Billboard’s Christian airplay/audience, "Eye of the Storm" was also at the top for 14 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Christian AC chart, and listed as the No. 2 Billboard Christian AC song that same year.
The song also won a Dove Award for Christian Pop Contemporary Song of the Year in 2017, and was nominated for two 2017 K-LOVE Fan Awards as well as a 2017 Billboard Music Award for "Top Christian Song."
In 2018, Stevenson released “No Matter What,” which featured collaborations with Bart Millard of MercyMe and Amy Grant, along with the top single “With Lifted Hands,” which became his fourth consecutive top 10 Billboard Christian Airplay single.
The press release noted, “With five No. 1 singles (three as an artist and two as a co-writer), a Grammy nomination, Billboard Music Award nomination, a Dove Award (2017), ASCAP honors and major tour bills with the likes of TobyMac, MercyMe, Newsboys and Matt Maher, Stevenson has already distinguished himself as a rare talent whose unique perspective guides his honest lyrics and sonic sensibilities.”
This summer, Stevenson will release his first book, "Eye of the Storm: Experiencing God When You Can’t See Him" (Harvest House). Paul Young, author of “The Shack," shared, “Ryan is deeply committed to the honesty of the journey. I am honored to be a witness to his courage and determination and his wholehearted pursuit of authentic truth-telling and creative craft.”