“Carry,” the latest in a string of inspired new singles from Juno and GMA Canada Covenant Award-winning singer/songwriter Elias Dummer, is now available. Described as “A tender song of gratitude acknowledging the depth of God’s fatherly love towards his children,” the track features acclaimed singer/songwriter JJ Heller.
Penned by Dummer along with Tim Timmons, Steve Fee and Brad Burke, “Carry” was coproduced by Dummer and Brent Milligan. Resting in the knowledge that “There is no season, no sin, and no sorrow/To keep You from carrying me in Your arms,” the message of the single resonates deeply with Dummer.
“It might seem clichéd, but I’m often reminded of the old ‘Footprints’ poster, because it’s true; God really has carried me – and each of us together – through so much difficulty, hurt and wrestling in this life,” he shares. “Only when we look back on the road we’ve traveled can we see that. Ultimately, it's genuine communion and closeness with God that we all seek, so with this in mind we wrote ‘Carry’ as a delicate song – almost a lullaby – to remind us that God, as the father he is, desires to carry us through the challenges we face.”
Of the duet, he adds, “Having worked together on the video for The City Harmonic’s ‘Holy (Wedding Day)’ years ago, I couldn’t help but hear JJ Heller's voice on ‘Carry.’ I’m thrilled we had the opportunity to work together again on this song.”
“Carry” marks Dummer’s third new single this year and arrives on the heels of last month’s “The Gospel Is Rest.” The latter track features acclaimed duo Land of Color and, a press release notes, “offers a balm for weary souls in the throes of troubled times. Additionally, Dummer’s ‘Expectation’ released in July, the energetic hit single proclaiming Christ’s promises and his kingdom to come.”
All three songs will be featured on Dummer’s full-length studio recording set for release next year.
Dummer co-founded and fronted one of Canada’s most acclaimed worship bands, The City Harmonic. As the group's principal songwriter, he helped pen such hits as “Holy (Wedding Day)” and “Mountaintop,” as well as “Manifesto,” which served as the theme song for 2011’s National Day of Prayer and was the walkup music for Major League Baseball player Seth Smith. The City Harmonic earned 12 GMA Canada Covenant Awards and a Juno Award before disbanding in 2017.
Dummer released his solo debut, “The Work Vol. I,” in 2019 and was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2020 Covenant Awards. In addition, his debut single, “Enough,” spent 26 weeks on Billboard’s Christian airplay chart. With more than 65 million lifetime streams to date, Dummer's music – both as a solo artist and with The City Harmonic – appeared on charts in more than 30 countries around the world in 2020 alone.