When you are drawn to the story, as I am, you can be touched by any sort of story — a “reality” show (because, really, we all know that a lot of that “reality” is created in the editing room, right?), a TV series, a movie. But music tells a story as well. In fact, I think that many musicians are our modern day poets.
For that reason, I decided to feature a contemporary Christian music CD giveaway that I was offered over at my personal blog right here. Audrey Assad’s debut work The House You’re Building is awesome.
Seriously, I love it. It’s somewhat mellow, it sometimes rocks, it’s original, and the lyrics are introspective but not overly deep or convicting. Listen to the songs at her myspace or facebook page.
It’s really the story of God turning brokennness into wholeness. A story of submission to God’s transforming power.
I don’t listen to music as much as I’d like. I listen to kids’ music, or Broadway soundtracks (also pretty kid friendly), or in the rare time that I don’t have kids around talking to me or making some other kind of noise, be it in the car or in the house — I like silence. Good old fashioned lovely restorative silence.
But driving around the last couple of weeks with The House You’re Building has been great. I’ve found myself humming the tunes, especially “For Love of You” (linked to a cool youtube video) and “Everything is Yours.”
She’s toured with Chris Tomlin and Tenth Avenue North (who I have recently begun listening to as well and loving), and has recorded lyrics and vocals for Matt Maher. Her sound probably reminded most of Sara Groves, but like I said, it’s completely original.
Even if Christian music isn’t a go-to for you, you might like her contemporary inspiring sound. Though the songs are definitely referring to a spiritual journey, they are the kind of songs that I could see easily going mainstream outside of the Christian market as well.
I am happy to offer a very cool prize package, which features the artist sharing her view of the story with one of you — a lover of the story.
Audrey has hand drawn lyrics for each song on her album. They are put together in a really cool bound book to give listeners an insight into the story behind each of her songs. The giveaway features the lyric book and her debut release along with a personalized bag (see above).
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. Just leave a comment to enter. We’ll announce the winner on August 4. THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
In the meantime find out more at youtube, her myspace or facebook pages or listen to clips of all the songs on The House You’re Building at amazon.com.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the CD, which I’ve been enjoying immensely.
Benita G. says
This sounds fabulous. Thanks so much for the possibility.
me! me! ME!! I love music
A friend of mine just introduced me to her. I would LOVE to hear her entire CD!
Would you believe Sara Groves comes from my home church? There were times that Audrey almost sounds like her, but I love the more gentle, airy sound of Audrey’s voice. Would LOVE to win this. Please enter me. Thank you!
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com
I’d love to win this.
I love her voice. Thank you for offering this, Jennifer. I’d like to be entered, please.
stumbeline at mail2junk dot com
I love Audrey! I saw her live in Phoenix a year ago and have been following her ever since!
Marj M. says
Christian music is the only music I listen to. So this is a perfect giveaway.
Christian music is my mainstay, please count me in!
I love music!! And I have a great love for Christian music as well.
What a great giveaway! I would love to win.
Jennifer (5 Minutes for Books) says
Linda — you won the CD! Can you email your shipping info to me?
Alison S. says
Sign me up!
Some Lucky Dog says
What an awesome prize package! Thank you for the chance to win!
I, too, love story. And I really really need some new music.
PS I’ve had that thought about musicians and poets before too, and I notice that the musicians I like are also the best writers. With the possible exception of Bob Dylan, who’s a great writer, but is hard on the ears, IMO 😉
i’m interested…please count me in…thanks 🙂
I checked out her music and would LOVE for my daughter to have this. She is seeking to turn her life around–a new beginning, a new building season.
Beth C says
I would love to have this cd. Thanks!
Thanks for putting this artist on my radar. I listened to her sample tracks, and she sounds fabulous. She actually reminds me a bit of Brooke Fraser. Lovely music.
Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.
Jennifer (5 Minutes for Books) says
I agree ibeeeg. I only “know” Brooke Frasier’s “Shadowfeet” but it is similar in style.
Steve Capell says
Thanks for the opportunity.
I love Christian music and would love to win this cd. Thanks!
Angel H. says
i like listening to new music so enter me to win 🙂
I would love to win this to add to my christian music library. Thanks
Pick me! Pick me!
I love all kinds of music! Thanks for the chance to win:)
Or course would love to win!
Joy Mills says
Thank you – i would enjoy this!
I would love to win this!
dale schmucker says
pick me pick me love the sound