‘More hon­est, trans­par­ent’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION - Tracey Evi­son Sound Bites Tracey Evi­son, a mu­si­cian and ed­u­ca­tor on P.E.I., writes this col­umn for The Guardian ev­ery se­cond Satur­day. She can be con­tacted by email at trevo­rand­tracey@pei.sym­pa­tico.ca.

This past fall, Build­ing 429 re­leased its lat­est pro­ject.

Since its in­cep­tion 15 years ago, the four-mem­ber band - Ja­son Roy (vo­cals), Michael An­der­son (drums), Jesse Gar­cia (gui­tars), and Aaron Branch (bass) - has strived to use its mu­sic to present the mes­sage of the gospel. The 10 tracks of “Unashamed'', re­leased from Prov­i­dent La­bel Group, seems to be con­tin­u­ing that man­date.

Pro­duced by Seth Moseley and Mike X O'Con­nor, Chuck But­ler, Ja­son In­gram and Paul Mabury, Casey Brown and Rob Hawkins, “Unashamed'' is their ninth al­bum.

Since their 2000 de­but al­bum, the band has set out to fo­cus on God and to sup­port be­liev­ers with their mu­sic.

With ‘We Won't Be Shaken' (2013), we wanted to sow seeds of con­fi­dence, bold­ness and as­sur­ance,'' says front­man Ja­son Roy.

“But we re­al­ized we didn't ad­mit to the doubt and strug­gles of the be­liever, that the messi­ness of get­ting to the place of con­fi­dence and bold­ness is part of the jour­ney that can't nec­es­sar­ily be skipped over. We saw that as an op­por­tu­nity for this al­bum and be­lieve that God has been a part of the whole process.”

The group also wanted to truly be unashamed, as the al­bum's ti­tle sug­gests, and “more hon­est and trans­par­ent about our strug­gles with an au­di­ence that needs to hear it''.

“Unashamed's'' first sin­gle ‘Im­pos­si­ble' speaks boldly about the power of God. With its rhyth­mic in­tro­duc­tion, it re­minds be­liev­ers “We can rise above the typ­i­cal, And be any­thing but usual/We know, we know, we know. That there's no such thing as im­pos­si­ble/And noth­ing is un­reach­able, When we trust the God of mir­a­cles/We know . . . That there's no such thing as im­pos­si­ble.''

The al­bum's ti­tle track is bound to be­come a well-known an­them in Chris­tian mu­sic with its cho­rus of tes­ti­mony, “So let my life pro­claim, I am unashamed/I won't hide your name, So all the world will know/That you, You are all that I live for, Je­sus/I am unashamed''.

As “Unashamed'' con­tin­ues, the lis­tener is im­pacted with the ti­tles that con­tinue to demon­strate the tal­ent and mu­si­cian­ship of Build­ing 429 that fans have come to ex­pect.

‘Go' is a song that speaks of a be­liever's com­mit­ment to Go where God com­mands.

‘Ocean Deep' speaks of the depths of the love of God and ‘Hold them Close' is a heart­felt prayer for fam­ily. Through it all, the lis­tener can thor­oughly en­joy the pop/rock sounds of this pow­er­house group.

As a whole, I found this al­bum to be a stel­lar pro­ject with strong melodies and an even stronger mes­sage. Fans will be pleased with Build­ing 429's lat­est pro­ject.

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