Album Premiere: Eagle Rock Gospel Singers _Heavenly Fire_
August 3, 2015
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers began in 2010 after Will Wadsworth and Jeremy Horton began gathering other friends together to sing old Gospel songs. What began as a loose collection of 8-16 participants is now a full-fledged performing and recording force. The group appeared at the High Sierra Music Fest last month and will soon embark on a major tour in support of their album Heavenly Fire. Their itinerary will include a variety of festival dates including Austin City Limits, Burnaby Blues & Roots and the Landmark Festival. The group has initiated a PledgeMusic campaign to support their upcoming tour.
Today we host the premiere stream of their forthcoming record, Heavenly Fire. The group’s bassist Jeff Murray, tells Relix, “We get asked a lot if we are a Christian band and we always respond the same way, ‘No, we are a Gospel Band.’ The two are very different. We’re embracing the sound, the origins, the influences of artists like Washington Phillips, The Staples Singers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Aretha Franklin, Pastor T. L. Barrett, and trying to stay as true to those founders, and our other musical heroes, as much as possible. With this album, our goal is to deliver a modern influence to the Gospel sound, and that’s good thing. We weren’t setting out to create something that’s already been done. With multiple songwriters in the band, each member has been able to artistically contribute a story and message of their own. The recording was done entirely in analog during the summer of 2014 with producer, Matt Wignall (The Cold War Kids, J. Roddy Walston, and Deep Sea Diver). This is our first full-length record and we couldn’t be more proud of it and excited to share it!