Florida-based worship team Eleven22 releases its sophomore record, first national release, The Reason today. The project, produced by Jeremy Edwardson of The Myriad, is a tribute to fifteen-year-old McKenzie Noelle Wilson’s life, with all proceeds going to benefit construction of an orphanage, sponsored by The McKenzie Noelle Foundation, in Uganda, Africa.
Birthed out of Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., Eleven22 is a worship band that draws young people in droves, encouraging them to reach for a more meaningful worship experience. One of those young people, McKenzie Noelle Wilson, attended an Eleven22 worship service where she dedicated her life to Christ before suddenly passing away one month later.
Wilson’s untimely death rocked the entire community, but it was discovering her life and the passion with which she lived it that inspired Eleven22 to write its new album, The Reason. Eleven22’s Ben Williams recalls, “Stories about McKenzie’s love and compassion for others just started spreading like wildfire. The more we heard, the more we wanted to know. It wasn’t long after that, her dad gave me her Bible, and I began to read her notes inside. ”
Those notes served as the foundation for songs like album opener “I Found a Love,” a triumphant celebration of all who have made their way through life’s storms to discover God’s true love—a song made particularly poignant after it was found written in Wilson’s Bible. Similarly, the heart-pounding surrender of debut radio single “I Belong to You” began from a single line written by Wilson in her Bible that resounded with Eleven22.
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“There is something so pure about her writing,” Williams says, “It really affected me. I mean, I have been in church my whole life, but I found that it made me want to be a better pastor and worship leader, a better husband, a better father—to inspire others like she inspired me.”
Eleven22 will be donating the proceeds from its new project to The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation, established by Wilson’s parents to honor her compassion for orphans around the world. The foundation’s current project is a boy’s orphanage and an abandoned baby home in Uganda. To find out how you can contribute, visit: www.caregivegrow.org.
All Proceeds to Benefit Ugandan Orphanage