Located in the creative community of Austin, TX, which is widely known for its SXSW and Austin City Limits festivals and its large collegiate population, is the 12-year-old The Austin Stone Community Church, an 8,000-member microcosm of the city. In this setting, a collective of songwriters, worship leaders, musicians, storytellers, filmmakers, editors, artists and photographers organically began to meet, sharing a communal expression of what God is doing in their church and city. Together, 70-plus members of this collective, calling themselves Austin Stone Worship, will release This Glorious Grace, on Oct. 16 through The Fuel Music.
Dedicated to serving and equipping the Church in Austin, TX and around the world with content rich in theology, mission and expression, Austin Stone Worship’s new 11-track album, This Glorious Grace, was recorded live and marks the group’s seventh recording since The Austin Stone Community Church was planted in 2002.
“The motivation for this album was to capture what’s already going on in our church,” says The Austin Stone Community Church pastor of worship, Aaron Ivey.
“These are the songs our church is engaged with and the stories that are already happening. Each spotlights Christ alone. He can be seen in every song, heard in every lyric.”
For the first time, and with the global Church in mind, Austin Stone Worship has recorded a live and a story-behind-the-song video for each track on the album along with a “theology paper” that outlines the biblical message encompassing the song. These and other free resources for worship teams and individual worshippers are available now at www.austinstoneworship.com.
Also available as a free download beginning today from thisgloriousgrace.com is the title track of This Glorious Grace, which is led by worship leader Jaleesa McCreary. The opening line of the song, I need you, I need you, is the heart cry of McCreary, whose powerful, expressive vocals are a gift she no longer takes for granted.
Having lost her voice, developing vocal cysts while in college as a music major, it was unclear after surgery if she would ever be able to sing again. It was during this season that she began to attend The Austin Stone Community Church.