Friday, June 21st, Sara Groves shared a new song she wrote and performed with Propaganda, Robbie Seay, Ellie Holcomb and Audrey Assad. The single is a genre defying mix of spoken word, singing and worship inspired by and written for the men and women fighting to end modern-day slavery.
This fall the International Justice Mission hosted the Liberate Conference, a gathering of like-minded people who have dedicated their lives to ending slavery. Before the conference Sara and her musician friends heard the speech Gary Haugen, the CEO of IJM, was to give. Haugen’s speech included a line from Isaiah: “Behold, I am doing a new thing, even now I am coming. Do you see it?” Sara and the others were inspired by these words and by the men and women who fight everyday to end modern-day slavery. The song was performed live for these very men and women.
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Groves had this to say about the team-up and the performance:
“I have been a fan of Robbie Seay for years (the songs, that voice! and now new podcast Life & Lyric!), and am completely blown away by Propaganda on all fronts (albums, live performances, and the Red Couch Podcast). Going in, I wondered how we would navigate coming from different musical spaces – worship leader, singer/songwriter, hip hop artist – but we were at the Art House where all kinds of fusion has occurred over the years, and over everything, there was generosity. Fast forward to the event, and there is this moment – Gary Haugen of IJM and Jeremy Courtney of Preemptive Love are on the front row, and Prop is at the front of the stage:
‘Let me whisper co conspirator
You a clandestine weapon
You are somethin’ we invest in
You refugeein’ rescuing
You can stand upon that ground
You could slide up on ya knees
You ain’t run away from the pain
You ran into the scream
You can go on and plant your flag
Y’all done chanted down Babylon’
Are you kidding me? I’m supposed to sing a pretty note after that? It’s all still in my heart. Behold, we are accomplices in the pain, destruction, loss. Behold, we are also called co-conspirators in the redemption of all things. Do you see it?
Today we release this song to the world.
This is, Behold, a collaborative song of justice by Robbie Seay, Propaganda, and myself, and joined in performance by Audrey Assad, Ellie Holcomb. Thank you for being a part of the journey. You can listen to wherever music is sold/streamed.
Peace and grace,
Check out the song below or stream it here.