Kari Jobe will release a new live album, The Blessing, on Oct. 23 on Capitol CMG. In anticipation of the new album, three singles are available this week: “First Love,” “Embers” and “Obsession (ft. Cody Carnes),” along with the pre-order for the album.
The album was recorded and captured live this summer during the pandemic without an audience at her home church, The Belonging Co, in Nashville.
The Blessing features 15 tracks co-written by Cody Carnes, Austin Davis, Jacob Sooter, Jonas Myrin, Elyssa Smith, Steffany Gretzinger, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick and Passion’s Kristian Stanfill and Brett Younker. The new album’s title track features the global worship anthem of the year, “The Blessing,” which Jobe co-wrote along with Carnes and Elevation Worship’s Steven Furtick and Chris Brown. The song was written and released the week before the world was overcome with the pandemic, and the live video now has more than 28.6 million views, 57 million global audio streams in just six months, and has been included on Spotify’s US Viral 50, Global Viral 50 playlists and Top 50 Most thumbed-up songs on Pandora.
“Recording this album live without an audience was something I wrestled with, but I really felt God say to keep moving forward,” Jobe said. “I felt like if I waited, I would be disobeying the Lord. I’m trusting that these songs are meant to release hope right now in this uncertain season. When I was working on this new album, I wanted to think about the church – little did I know that I would have to have the ‘church’ in my heart when I recorded a live album as well.”
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