Integrity Music announces the release of “Patient Kingdom” from Sandra McCracken, a singer, songwriter, and modern-day hymn writer. “Patient Kingdom” is McCracken's first full-length album of new songs with Integrity Music, following her holiday album released last season, aptly titled “Christmas.”
A press release said, “Including 12 tracks written or co-written by McCracken and produced by Ben Shive and Tyler Chester, each is a stirring, reflective soundtrack of faithfulness and patience, speaking directly into the uncertainty amidst everything going on in today's world. Her writing reflects how we’ve had to not only slow down our plans and agendas, but to adjust or completely dismantle and rebuild them.
“To achieve this, patience is required and is the common thread woven throughout the entire project. From God's patience for us to pursue him, the patience he granted us before, during and after the cross, his kingdom moves in upside-down ways, but it always turns out better than we expected.”
McCracken shares, "There's a lot I don't know, but I know I can affirm praise to God, to be in humility of asking God questions, and to be patient – to have kingdom patience."
With “Patient Kingdom,” McCracken's deepest desire remains clear: to faithfully steward the passions, giftings and callings God has placed on her life, whether through song, word and story, or conservation and social justice work.
“If a part of my story can be a conduit of seeing God as the most faithful, steady presence we can know, those are the stories I want to tell,” she said.
Born and raised in the Midwest, McCracken has since firmly planted her musical roots as a singer-songwriter and producer in the Southern soil of Nashville. Through and through, she is a musician by craft, trade, and gifting, but ultimately, she is a storyteller at heart. Keenly attuned to the thin line between the temporal and eternal, her storytelling has always invited audiences – whether found in clubs or coffee shops, churches, or the Mother Church of Nashville’s own Ryman Auditorium – to consider their own humanity in relation to both creation and its creator.
Over the course of her 14 critically acclaimed studio albums (including two projects with London indie label Shell Records and producer Peter Collins), McCracken has developed a body of work that encompasses hook-driven melodic pop. Both she and her music have long held a remarkable appeal to a wide variety of audiences, whether as a vehicle for congregations across the globe to worship God in their church communities, or in placements for film and network television shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy.”
McCracken’s development as a songwriter, along with her love for hymns and scripture, culminated in 2015’s “Psalms,” an album written and recorded during a particularly difficult time in her personal life. Throughout this season, she found herself returning to Psalm 43 and the psalmist’s desire to praise God and remember him as the refuge he truly is, even in the midst of heartbreak. After recording Psalms, she felt a new calling, one she said, “felt like coming home to something I didn’t know I was missing”: leading others in worship, which led to serving as a worship leader in a local church for over five years.
For more information, visit SandraMcCracken.com.