Canada's internationally acclaimed worship band, The City Harmonic, release their highly anticipated second album, 'Heart' on 2nd September 2013. The 14 song new album follows their award-winning debut full-length release 'I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)' which featured the hit single 'Manifesto'.
Co-produced by the band - vocalist/songwriter and pianist Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan - and Jared Fox, '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 and in hurt.
"We set out to write an album 'on being, and becoming, human,' but, in a way, it's about image bearing," says Elias. "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. 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."
At the core of the new album is the first radio single, 'City on a Hill', which is steeped in the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5.
"'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," says Elias. "It also forms a natural transition into the balance of the album which attempts to marry the ideals with our real lives."
'Heart' Track Listing:
1 Here And There
2 Praise The Lord
4 Take Heart
5 Alive, Alive
6 Love, Heal Me
7 Songs of Longing, Joy and Peace
9 A City On A Hill
10 Live Love
12 Long Walk Home
13 Brand New
14 My Jesus, I Love Thee