(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Sept. 11, 2012—Celebrated songwriter and worship leader Eddie Kirkland released his highly anticipated North Point Music label debut, Kings & Queens, on Aug. 14. The project reached No. 6 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart, while its lead single, “The Solution,” is currently vying for adds at Christian AC radio.
Music director and worship leader at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, one of the country’s largest, most influential churches, Kirkland is deeply connected to the current pulse of worship music. Kings & Queens contains songs that resonate both congregationally and personally. The record, produced by award-winning producer Nathan Nockels (Matt Redman, Laura Story, Passion), encourages listeners to live in the here and now, to advance the Kingdom of God in this world, not just live for the next.
Kirkland explains, “At the core of this album lies a question that has always seemed to puzzle me, ‘Is the Gospel only about what happens after we die, and if so, what’s the point of life in the here and now?’ These songs were born from an idea that has changed my life, and I hope that people will walk away different for having listened to them.”
Among those songs is “Here and Now,” a reminder of the church’s role to carry love and mercy to the world. Similarly, “The Solution” compels listeners to dig in their heels and make a difference. The latter song was recently serviced to Christian AC radio and is already impacting audiences.
As Terese Main, assistant program director/music director at Family Life Network comments, “In an age where churches are filled with apathy, Eddie Kirkland brings a call for God’s people to do something.” A recent review in Worship Leader Magazine agreed, “Honest, artful, and missional, this offering is a prayer … and a commission to worship with song and life.”
In addition to the radio single, Kirkland supported Kings & Queens with an appearance at the Christian Music Broadcasters conference Momentum in Orlando, Fla. last week and is a featured artist at Catalyst East Coast in Atlanta early next month. For more information on Eddie Kirkland and Kings & Queens, visit: www.EddieKirklandMusic.com or www.northpointmusic.org. Also, view a promotional video about the album at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=slXxWkEtdPI&feature=plcp.