The progression to the new album began with more than 36 million audio streams of Renzema's independent project, I'll Be The Branches, that was a personal, but less autobiographical, worship album. This recording was followed by the sophomore, Centricity Music debut Let The Ground Rest that sparked more than 90 million streams and began to reveal more of his life story weaved into the songs. Receiving well-over one million Spotify track saves over the last year, a 2020 Pandora "Artist to Watch" nod and a GMA Dove Award nomination for "New Artist of the Year," Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart continues Renzema's more personal trajectory.
"I feel like a lot of what I was struggling with over the last year-and-a-half was mostly about me standing in my own way," shares Renzema. "In the song, 'Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart,' the lyric of the bridge encourages, Take yourself down off the line, give yourself a little grace. A lot of this new album is me trying to express and process feeling a little subpar and trying to allow myself to feel OK and to be a little nicer to myself."
“Honestly, a lot of the sounds and songs on this record are coming from a place of like, ‘man I wish I could be playing fun music again live’,” continues Renzema. “This new album is very much geared towards being played in concerts, sang along to, rocked out to.”
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