11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A work of unusual subtlety and spiritual power, Audrey Assad’s third album is a departure from the pop/rock approach of her previous releases. The Christian singer/songwriter funded her latest project through Kickstarter with the goal of creating a worship song-cycle for the modern Church. She succeeds brilliantly with contemplative lyrics that seem both deeply personal and timeless in their stately, yearning language. Musically, much of Fortunate Fall has a liturgical feel, framing meditative melodies in simple, finely detailed arrangements. Assad’s silvery vocal tones combine vulnerability with inner strength as she examines the theme of man’s struggle for redemption in a sinful world. She draws joy from melancholy in such poignant tracks as “Help My Unbelief,” “I Shall Not Want," and “Humble.” The quiet, almost medieval grandeur of “O Happy Fault” contrasts with the coffeehouse-folk feel of “Lead Me On” and the bright waltz-time rhythm of “Good for Me.” “You Speak” closes the album with an intimate declaration of belief. Throughout, Assad sings out with gratitude even as she acknowledges the mysteries of faith.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A work of unusual subtlety and spiritual power, Audrey Assad’s third album is a departure from the pop/rock approach of her previous releases. The Christian singer/songwriter funded her latest project through Kickstarter with the goal of creating a worship song-cycle for the modern Church. She succeeds brilliantly with contemplative lyrics that seem both deeply personal and timeless in their stately, yearning language. Musically, much of Fortunate Fall has a liturgical feel, framing meditative melodies in simple, finely detailed arrangements. Assad’s silvery vocal tones combine vulnerability with inner strength as she examines the theme of man’s struggle for redemption in a sinful world. She draws joy from melancholy in such poignant tracks as “Help My Unbelief,” “I Shall Not Want," and “Humble.” The quiet, almost medieval grandeur of “O Happy Fault” contrasts with the coffeehouse-folk feel of “Lead Me On” and the bright waltz-time rhythm of “Good for Me.” “You Speak” closes the album with an intimate declaration of belief. Throughout, Assad sings out with gratitude even as she acknowledges the mysteries of faith.

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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. ~ James Christopher Monger

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