Word recording artist Building 429 barrels toward the launch of its second full-length music project, Rise, March 14. Still chasing the momentum of a stellar debut, the band hopes to make an even greater impact with its sophomore offering.
The Gospel Music Association’s reigning New Artist of the Year emerged from its 2004 introduction, Space In Between Us, with increased confidence and a renewed identity. Building 429’s desire to put ministry first is reflected on its upcoming 11-song disc, which challenges today’s youth to rise up and pursue God’s calling.
“This record is something very fresh and very new for us,” comments Building 429 frontman Jason Roy. “I truly believe the songs on Rise have huge ministry potential, and we want to use this album to influence as many lives as possible for Christ.”
Produced by Monroe Jones (Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Third Day) the record shows growth on behalf of Building 429 both musically and spiritually. In addition to its evolved sound, which incorporates the same straightforward pop/rock melodies but with an edgier delivery, Rise carries a more serious tone. Songs like the first radio single, “Fearless,” advise listeners that living life for Christ requires bold faith. Title track, “Rise,” is similarly themed, asking believers to trade in their earthly perspective for an eternal one.
“Rise is not about a rise to fame but rather it is meant to rally others to rise from the ashes of despair and heartache into God’s love,” continues Roy. “We must become the leaders that God has called His church to be today; therefore we’ve put our hearts on display for all to see. God has called Building 429 to be fearless in our pursuit of His plan, and we are ready to answer the call.”
“Fearless” will be vying for adds at Adult Contemporary, Rock, and Christian Hit Radio beginning January 13, while a major tour announcement will be made in the following weeks. For more information, visit: www.buiding429.com
Currently comprising Jason Roy (lead vocals, guitar), Scotty Beshears (bass), Jesse Garcia (guitar, keyboard), and Michael Anderson (drums), Building 429 released its Glory Defined EP in early 2004. The project’s title track and debut single set multiple radio records, hitting the number one position on eight different radio charts. The song climbed to number one on Christian Radio Weekly’s Adult Contemporary chart faster than any other single in the publication’s history, remaining there for ten consecutive weeks. On Radio & Records, “Glory Defined” was the first single from a debut artist to hold 100% of the Adult Contemporary panel all at the same time, and only the second time for any artist, debut or veteran.
Building 429 was also involved in 2004’s “Redeem The Vote” campaign with member Jason Roy acting as spokesperson for the organization, garnering support through appearances on Fox News Live, CNN, ABC’s “Nightline,” and other major network affiliates. This year Building 429 was voted the Gospel Music Association’s New Artist of the Year, and “Glory Defined” received additional recognition as BMI’s 2005 Song of the Year. The band has toured with Jeremy Camp, Todd Agnew and most recently Casting Crowns on its “LifeSong Tour” this fall.
Author: Word Records
Date: 16 January 2006