- (PHOTO: Hogansen Media)
Christian band, The City Harmonic, is set to release their second album, HEART, consisting of 14 new songs on Sept. 3.
"Reflecting life lived by the band members since their full-length debut, the new album shifts from the dream of what could and should be to the complexities of how to follow the true humanity of Christ's example in the world," said a press release for the band. "HEART places Christ at the center while delving into themes of grace, discipleship and being, and becoming, truly human, all the while giving the listener permission to sing out in hope, in hurt."
The band consists of: vocalist and songwriter and pianist Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan. They also co-produced the album along with Jared Fox.
"We set out to write an album 'on being, and becoming, human,' but, in a way, it's about image bearing," said Elias through Hoganson Media. "By that I mean that yes, we're human - and the Bible tells us that we're made in the image of God and each and every human has an inherited dignity as a result. But there's more to it than that … God made this universe around us and often refers to the cosmos as a temple."
"I mean if you stop and think about the role an 'image' or 'statue' might play in a temple, you begin to see that we humans have quite a role to play," he continued. "Whatever our present circumstances, the biggest challenge before us is to recognize that in Christ we've been given the responsibility and capacity to become like Him, and as we do, we are becoming exactly the kind of humans we were meant to be from the beginning."
The first single off the album is "City on a Hill," which is based on the Beatitudes in Matthew.
"'A City On A Hill' takes the high concept view of Christ and brings it down to earth in the form of the very things he said in the Sermon on the Mount," said Elias. "It also forms a natural transition into the balance of the album which attempts to marry the ideals with our real lives."
The band formed three years ago, and since then have toured all over America, and sold over 100,000 copies of their first album.