11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

An uncommonly literate singer/songwriter, Audrey Assad delivers a beguiling debut album with The House You’re Building. This Phoenix-based Christian artist’s wistful vocals invite comparisons with Amy Grant and Sara Groves, with a hint of Joni Mitchell’s delicate upper range present as well. An A-list team of co-writers (including Matt Maher. Phil LaRue and Marc Bird) help bring out the accessible side of her folk/pop style while keeping her individuality intact. Tunes like “For Love of You,” “Carry Me,” and the title tune offer an expansive vision of God’s love even as they hint at earthly suffering. Assad favors simmering tempos and accents her piano and acoustic guitar-based sound with electronica textures. Her atmospheric approach works well on contemplative numbers like “Known” and “Breaking Through," and she's especially good at capturing a sense of divine glory through natural imagery, as in “Ought to Be.” “Restless” is noteworthy for its pairing of a modern lyric sensibility with a hymn-like melody. Judging by The House You’re Building, Assad is starting her musical career upon a more-than-solid foundation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

An uncommonly literate singer/songwriter, Audrey Assad delivers a beguiling debut album with The House You’re Building. This Phoenix-based Christian artist’s wistful vocals invite comparisons with Amy Grant and Sara Groves, with a hint of Joni Mitchell’s delicate upper range present as well. An A-list team of co-writers (including Matt Maher. Phil LaRue and Marc Bird) help bring out the accessible side of her folk/pop style while keeping her individuality intact. Tunes like “For Love of You,” “Carry Me,” and the title tune offer an expansive vision of God’s love even as they hint at earthly suffering. Assad favors simmering tempos and accents her piano and acoustic guitar-based sound with electronica textures. Her atmospheric approach works well on contemplative numbers like “Known” and “Breaking Through," and she's especially good at capturing a sense of divine glory through natural imagery, as in “Ought to Be.” “Restless” is noteworthy for its pairing of a modern lyric sensibility with a hymn-like melody. Judging by The House You’re Building, Assad is starting her musical career upon a more-than-solid foundation.

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About Audrey Assad

Singer/songwriter Audrey Assad, a New York native, began her musical journey after relocating to Florida at the age of 18. It was there that the deeply spiritual Assad decided to focus all of her energies on her faith. A flurry of local shows and worship events followed, resulting in a move to Nashville and a five-song EP called Fireflies that drew the attention of CCM label Sparrow Records. Assad continued to hone her craft, writing songs for other performers and touring with Dove Award-winning artist Chris Tomlin. Her full-length debut for Sparrow, The House You're Building, arrived on July 13, 2010. It did well commercially and critically, paving the way for 2012's Heart, which primarily featured writing work from Assad but also included contributions from Matt Maher, Christopher Stevens, Derek Webb, and Sandra McCracken. An independent album, Fortunate Fall, appeared in August 2013, followed by Inheritance in early 2016; both albums peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Folk Albums chart. In 2018, Assad returned with her fifth studio album, Evergreen. ~ James Christopher Monger

HOMETOWN
Secaucus, NJ
BORN
July 1, 1983

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