Tenth Avenue North leader Mike Donehey releases his first Christian radio single as a solo artist today. "All Together” asks what the church might look like if it embraced even more radical vulnerability and acceptance. The official music video and official lyric video also debut on YouTube.
When the members of Tenth Avenue North determined they were being called into new and different areas of life, Donehey began to write. He soon wrote more songs than he had ever written for an album. In that writing, he explored questions like those in “All Together.”
“There is something sacred that happens when addicts get together in a recovery circle. They know they will be met with 100% acceptance, therefore can be totally vulnerable,” Donehey shares. “ ‘All Together' encourages people not only to take that first step towards vulnerability but also to participate in radical acceptance of those who do.”
Donehey explains this song is an encouragement for others to be honest with each other but also to become a safe place for others.
"Many of us can’t imagine confession being a beautiful thing because, when we’ve tried it, we’ve been met with shame or hatred,” he says. “James 5:16 says, ‘Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.’ 1 John says that, if we confess our sins to him, he forgives us, but confess to each other to be healed. What if we prepared ourselves so that, when someone comes to us with a confession, we don’t interrogate them? What if instead we meet them with grace, be a safe shelter and set each other free as part of each other’s healing?”
Donehey is recording his full-length album to be released by Fair Trade Services later this year while also appearing in concert and as a speaker, hosting his “Chasing the Beauty” podcast on Accessmore, hosting the “Next Chapter” video show on K-LOVE On Demand, and writing the follow-up book to his best-selling “Finding God’s Life For My Will.”
Donehey has seen his fair share of the unexpected. Following a potentially fatal car crash as a teen, he learned to play the guitar while still in bed recovering from his injuries. Learning the guitar gave birth to songwriting, and that songwriting led to the formation of the band Tenth Avenue North.
One of the most loved and successful artists in Christian music, Tenth Avenue North radio favorites include "Love Is Here," "By Your Side," "You Are More," "Losing,” “Worn," "I Have This Hope," and the multiweek no. 1 smash "Control (Somehow You Want Me)."
Despite the group's widespread popularity, Tenth Avenue North's members sensed at the beginning of 2020 that they each had their own unique roads to follow. Donehey seized this opportunity to expand as a storyteller, communicator and thought instigator wherever his voice could be heard.
For more, visit www.mikedonehey.com.