Gold-selling, Dove Award-winning pop recording artist and songwriter Jordan Feliz not only releases today (Oct. 16) his song “Next To Me” that Parade says is an “inspiring pop piece” that “you’ll feel like dancing along to,” but also reveals that his full-length album Say It is set to release Dec. 18 from Centricity Music. Available to pre-buy / pre-save now, the album includes immediate downloads / streams of “Next To Me,” the Billboard hit song “Glorify” and confessional “Wounds.”
Topping the Billboard Christian Albums chart when his sophomore LP, FUTURE, released in 2018, Feliz’s trajectory for the new album was fraught with personal trials after success began to feel less like a blessing and more like a burden. Feliz suffered his first panic attack as he and his wife, Jamie, welcomed their second child and as he struggled to carry the weight of the spotlight and the livelihoods of multiple families connected to his career on his shoulders.
“It’s like all your dreams kind of get handed to you, but there’s really no fulfillment in it, and I realized that it was because everything was out of alignment for me,” the singer reveals. “Nothing was in the right place in my heart or in my mind. I felt like I was letting a lot of people down.”
Realigning his priorities and surrendering his anxiety to God, the hitmaker entered the studio to craft his third full-length project, Say It, with a renewed sense of identity and purpose.
“I’ve worked harder for this record than I’ve worked for almost anything in my life,” says Feliz. “With these songs, I want to encourage people to talk more about the beauty and the miracles that God does in our lives when we invite Him into our struggles…this record is all about what God has done in my life.”
Co-produced by Feliz’s longtime collaborator Colby Wedgeworth and Jordan Mohilowski, Say It blends pop, Gospel and soul while offering some of the artist’s most transparent lyrics to date.
The album’s lead single “Glorify,” which is No. 3 and climbing the Billboard AC/CHR chart this week, features Jordan’s recognizable falsetto along with a full gospel choir. Two separate remix versions of the song feature multi-Platinum-selling recording artists Lecrae and TobyMac.
While “Glorify” is more of a proclamation than a confession, other tracks on Say It find Feliz mining personal experience, including the poignant “Wounds,” which reveals the singer working through a past trauma.
“I realized that I hadn’t dealt with an old wound, something that I had been holding on to for a really long time,” he shares. “I’m realizing that it’s such a common thing to have a really, really deep cut on your heart that people don’t want to take to Jesus. It’s almost like we feel like God won’t love us if we do; but I believe in a God who, when we invite Him into those places, He will heal us.”
With today’s pop dance release, “Next To Me,” Feliz shares in Parade’s premiere of the live performance video that “this song is a push to give Him all your baggage, your ego, control and whatever else you think you should hide away. Because when you do, you find yourself closer to the Father than you ever thought possible.”
Along with the new video, Parade unveiled the new album cover. “The Say It cover is a reminder that our true focus should be building the Kingdom everyday with our actions, with our words and with our worship,” shares Feliz. “Even though life can give temporary fulfillment with money, trophies, clothes, jewelry and other worldly trinkets, nothing fulfills more than letting all of that fade and fall, only to rise to lift the name above all names, Jesus.”
Looking to the hope of heaven is a theme that appears throughout the new album. “We were meant to thrive here, but we’re not meant to be here forever,” Feliz asserts. “It’s OK to feel out of place. It’s OK to feel like you’re not OK right now. It’s OK to have all those feelings, because we’re human, and we’re meant for heaven; we were created for that.”