The Rock Music, a collective of Spirit-led, Christ-centered worshippers flourishing for more than two decades in the heart of Utah, is set to bow “The Future Is Sure” July 14. Produced by Sam Hart (Aaron Shust), Joel Pack, Jordan Clark and Nate Pyfer, the seven-song EP features five originals along with two beloved classics reimagined in the acclaimed ensemble’s signature style.
Celebrating the certainty of the “Good News,” “The Future Is Sure” delivers such standout tracks as “Mercy,” an intimate and yearning response of worship co-penned by Hart along with The Rock Music’s Steele Croswhite, Thomas Scribner and Caleb Yetton; “Not Like Mine,” a tender worship ballad by Croswhite pledging total devotion to the Lord; and the soaring pop anthem and latest single “Saved By Grace.” The latter cut features a guest turn from Nashville-based worship duo For The Fatherless and was co-written by Croswhite and For The Fatherless’ Brian Yak.
“With conviction and clarity, Brian and I penned ‘Saved By Grace’ in the span of an afternoon,” Croswhite said. “It was written with those who have struggled with religious legalism in mind. Our congregation, The Rock Church, is located in Utah, where less than 3% of the culture identifies as Christian. Although many in our region have heard of Jesus, they do not understand the radically free gift of salvation, grace, and forgiveness offered to us through his sacrifice. As the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, 'For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.' ”
“The Future Is Sure” also spotlights The Rock Music’s take on the stirring African American spiritual “Give Me Jesus” and a reinterpretation of the popular modern hymn “How Deep The Father’s Love,” alongside the original selections birthed from the Salt Lake City-based collective’s mission to bring glory to Jesus while evoking worship from the church.
“Woven throughout the EP are themes of grace, mercy, holiness, repentance and worship,” Croswhite said. “In collaborating with multiple producers and songwriters, our prayer was to release a body of work that is filled with longing and hope, providing expressions of both corporate worship and intimate moments of communion with the Lord.”