Some albums are born out of a place of struggle and wrestling, others flow easily from a seemingly endless wellspring. Abide With Me, the new hymns collection from Sara Groves, is like warm, welcoming sunshine after a long, hard rain. Her 2015 album, Floodplain, was the result of a season marked by change that left her overwhelmed. This time around, Groves says, the process couldn’t have been smoother.
But why a hymns record? The idea appealed to Groves’ love of collaboration, and it was something Troy had been urging her to do for a while now. She also really liked the challenge of looking at these classic songs and asking, “how would Sara Groves do this?” And while the songs may not belong to her in quite the same way her other tunes do, each one is deeply personal, having provided great comfort and nurture during difficult times. The result is a very personal collection of music that has been a balm to Groves, recorded in a place that has been a balm to her as well.
While these well-worn lyrics may not express any new ideas, Groves knows they contain timeless messages we continue to need. And she’s not singing these songs to you. Instead. Sara hopes that as you listen to Abide With Me you’ll understand the album is an invitation to join the singing — in your car, doing dishes, at church. This music belongs to all of us.
This week we are so excited to offer you a FREE DOWNLOAD of Sara Groves’ fresh take on the classic hymn “What A Friend” from her brand new album Abide With Me. If you like what you hear, be sure to pick up your copy of the record available everywhere now. Enjoy & Happy listening!
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