“Do you feel that?” Sara Groves asked her friend and fellow-songwriter Jill Phillips over dinner one night. “I feel like the pace of life keeps getting faster and faster. Everything feels so frenetic these days.” Groves explained.
A mother of three with ten studio albums under her belt as well as a few Dove Award nominations, Groves no doubt feels some pressure. That pressure proved to be a main inspiration as Groves crafted her eleven-song album Invisible Empires. In it, Groves explores why society feels so fast-paced, is so social-media-obsessed and so “frenetic,” as she describes it. Groves’ creativity seems to never see an end. Cultivating a new relationship with producer Steve Hindalong (Leeland, City On A Hill & Sixpence None The Richer) the duo created Invisible Empires. The team effort has created an album more epic in scale than the Christianity Today Album of the Year Fireflies and Songs (2009), which Groves self-dubbed her songwriter’s album. “Fireflies is very much like a girl and her piano,” says Groves, “and I knew this record was going to be a little bit bigger than a girl and her piano. I like to write pop songs, I like to write bigger songs. I like strings and guitars, so I guess when I went to go write this record I didn’t feel like this was going to be Fireflies Part II.”
This week enjoy a FREE download of Sara’s song “Obsolete” off her album Invisible Empires. “Obsolete” addresses a theme of Invisible Empires inspired by a quote Groves read: “The Internet makes everything not enough.” Through the viral effects of social media, Groves believes this planet has been made out as one big party that it actually isn’t. In “Obsolete” she sings, Walking through our hall of doors/Looking through a million portals/Everyone is having fun/Everybody seems immortal. When in reality, we’re all as mortal as they come.
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