“Made New,” the second full-length studio recording from acclaimed singer/songwriter Justin Gambino, is set to release Aug. 25. Tracing his prodigal years and the abounding grace and mercy Gambino embraced when he finally returned to the father, “Made New” was produced by Nashville-based session player and producer Walter Halliwell.
An autobiographical collection of emotive pop anthems and vulnerable ballads, “Made New” features 13 selections all written or co-penned by Gambino. Lead single “Fighting On My Behalf,” a percolating, synth-infused pop track available on digital platforms July 28, is Gambino’s personal testimony to God’s steadfast love and care.
“As an artist who desires to reach and encourage people in their own journey, it can be quite exhausting out on the road,” he said of the inspiration behind “Fighting On My Behalf.” “Touring will always come with opposition and setbacks, but it's so important to press on and remember who goes before me. Exodus 14:14 says, ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ At a time in my life when I was facing schedule changes, canceled events and the loss of income, I needed to remind myself to be still and take heart that God was fighting for me.”
Additional highlights of “Made New” include “Mercy,” a modern psalm of gratitude available Aug. 11 upon preorder of the album; the poignant “A Father’s Heart,” a simple plea for God’s revelation amidst struggle and unbelief; “Bring Me Home,” the encapsulation of Gambino’s prodigal journey; and the album’s buoyant folk-rock opener, “Courage.”
“ ‘Courage' was inspired by all the people who have encouraged me on this journey, and I hope it encourages them in return,” Gambino shared. “The only way I can continue each day is to look to the one who breathes his very breath into my lungs. He keeps me from letting go or losing hope. My prayer for this song is that it will be an anthem for those who need that reminder, as well.”
Gambino is showcasing selections from the forthcoming recording during his “Made New” headlining tour, which kicked off earlier this week in Vernon, Texas. The multi-city Southwest and Pacific Northwest outing is slated to stop in Carlsbad, New Mexico; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Yreka, California; and Vantage, Washington, among other cities this summer and fall.
More About Justin Gambino
Since 2015, acclaimed Texas-based singer/songwriter Justin Gambino has been developing an enthusiastic following across the United States and around the world with his charismatic live performances and hope-filled anthems. With an EP, a full-length recording, and numerous cinematic music videos to his credit, Gambino’s signature songs include “Your Hands & Feet,” “Anchored” and “Going Under.” He’s performed at festivals, churches, camps and other venues, opening for such genre leaders as TobyMac, for KING & COUNTRY, Crowder, Casting Crowns, Skillet and Switchfoot.
Gambino’s testimony is a consistent theme in his music and ministry. A rebellious teen, he was arrested for theft at the age of 18. Opting for military enlistment and community service in lieu of incarceration, he spent eight years in the U.S. Navy. While serving in Iraq, Gambino was asked to lead worship on base, rekindling a love for music he first embraced as a child. Battling PTSD and anger issues following his military service, Gambino turned to alcohol and spiraled into depression and despair. One night, on the floor of his apartment, he cried out to God for help and a new journey of redemption, hope and purpose began.
Coming full circle, Gambino now holds the Brazoria County Revival each year on the steps of the Texas courthouse where he was sentenced as a teen.