Ellie Holcomb is set to release her third studio LP, Canyon, this summer on June 25 in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group. The project marks the first label distributed release for the indie artist, and today the title track, “Canyon,” is now available along with a video shot at Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park.
Holcomb’s album seeks to capture the sounds and melodies from personal experiences and growth since her last studio project, Red Sea Road in 2017. For Canyon, Holcomb teamed with co-writers Natalie Hemby, Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE and Thad Cockrell, and the project was produced by Cason Cooley along with executive producer and her dad, Brown Bannister. The title-track out today was penned by Holcomb, Cockrell and Cooley.
“Canyon is a record about a deeper sorrow and a higher hope,” said Holcomb. “A tornado tore through our neighborhood, Covid-19 shut down our country and canceled all of our touring, racial tension was high in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Christmas morning began with a bomb that went off in downtown Nashville, the capitol was attacked, and we have had so many family friends lose people they love to the virus. In many ways, writing and singing these songs felt like finding my way through a serious season of suffering and sorrow. I have seen Jesus meet me in the wounds in my own story that I tried to hide or bury, and I’ve experienced the kindness and empathy of God in my most painful places in a palpable way, so these songs are written from a new place of wholeness, healing and freedom. This is the first record I’ve ever made that makes me want to run or dance! I hope it makes people want to dance for the joy of knowing they are beloved.”
“We have been massive fans of Ellie and her music for as long as we’ve known her and always hoped for the opportunity to represent her as an artist,” shares CCMG Co-President Brad O’Donnell. “Canyon is a special project, and it reflects Ellie’s heart and creativity perfectly. We are so excited to be a part of bringing it to the world.”
Hudson Plachy, CCMG Co-President adds, “We are honored to partner with Ellie and support her vision and music. We are so excited for everyone to experience this new music.”
Since her solo debut in 2014, Holcomb has garnered two GMA Dove Awards, including New Artist of the Year, became a best-selling children’s author along with accompanying EPs, has more than 157 million global streams, and performed and interviewed on The TODAY Show with Amy Grant for the Faithful Project. She and her husband Drew Holcomb have also partnered with Tennessee Tourism for a campaign featuring two of their songs earlier this year. In 2020, the Holcombs invited their fans into their home virtually nightly for their now-loved Kitchen Covers during the height of the pandemic.