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  • "Anywhere" from Anywhere (Single)
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  • "At Last the King" from At Last the King - Single
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  • "Be Thou My Vision" from Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
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  • "Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery" from Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
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  • "Endless Summer" from Blue Flower
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  • "Far Kingdom" from Fire & Stone
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  • "Ghost of a King" from Ghost of a King
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  • "High Enough (feat. Propaganda)" from She Waits
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  • "Rest" from Rest EP
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  • "Rhythm of the East" from Blue Flower
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  • "Sirens" from Fire & Stone
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  • "Songs in the Night" from Fire & Stone
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  • "Stole My Fame (To: Grace)" from Fire & Stone
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  • "Storehouse" from She Waits
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  • "The Stone" from Fire & Stone
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  • "Under the Mountain" from Fire & Stone
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    Latest News
    The Gray Havens Release First Original Music in Two Years
    (Sunday, March 03, 2024)
    The Gray Havens Announce Spring 2023 Tour
    (Thursday, January 26, 2023)
    The Gray Havens Announce Spring Tour
    (Tuesday, November 23, 2021)
    The Gray Havens Release CS Lewis Inspired Album
    (Friday, October 08, 2021)
    The Gray Havens Launch New Podcast
    (Thursday, June 17, 2021)
    The Gray Havens Release New Single
    (Thursday, April 15, 2021)
    VIDEO PREMIERE: The Gray Havens "Rest"
    (Thursday, July 09, 2020)
    The Gray Havens Find Rest Amidst The Chaos
    (Monday, June 29, 2020)
    The Gray Havens Give Fans a November to Remember
    (Tuesday, October 29, 2019)
    The Gray Havens Celebrate Wedding Season with Gold
    (Friday, May 31, 2019)
    The Gray Havens Reimagine Heaven
    (Friday, April 12, 2019)
    The Gray Havens Launch 40 City Tour, Release New Music
    (Friday, January 25, 2019)
    The Gray Havens Ponder Eternity with New Album
    (Thursday, October 04, 2018)
    The Gray Havens Reveal 'Storehouse' and New Album Release Date
    (Thursday, July 26, 2018)
    The Gray Havens Celebrate 'Forever'
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018)
    VIDEO PREMIERE: The Gray Havens "High Enough"
    (Thursday, March 15, 2018)
    The Gray Havens Enter 2018 on a High Note
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018)
    The Gray Havens Release New Christmas Song
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017)
    Tickets Selling Fast for Andrew Peterson's 18th Annual 'Behold The Lamb of God' Tour
    (Monday, November 27, 2017)
    The Gray Havens Reach for Heaven with New Single
    (Thursday, November 09, 2017)
    The Gray Havens to Release Live Album
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017)
    Multi-Artist Compilation Album Celebrates Beloved Devotional 'My Utmost For His Highest'
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017)
    The Gray Havens Launch Kickstarter Campaign
    (Tuesday, April 04, 2017)
    We Love Christian Music Awards To Hold First-Ever Event Feb. 2
    (Sunday, January 29, 2017)
    The Gray Havens to Recreate Acclaimed 'Ghost of a King' For a Special Fall Tour
    (Thursday, June 09, 2016)
    The Gray Havens Return With "Ghost Of A King" April 8
    (Monday, April 04, 2016)
    Indie/Folk Duo The Gray Havens Prepare to Launch Debut
    (Tuesday, December 16, 2014)
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    Literate, vibrant music that surprises and stirs is the hallmark of The Gray Havens, a band that centers around the husband and wife duo David and Licia Radford. Their songs spring from the pages of books and the everyday moments of life and are as likely to leave the listener pondering a deep mystery as celebrating a simple pleasure.

    Blue Flower, the duo's fifth studio release, explores a soul-deep place of mysterious, inconsolable longing. The engaging songs give this longing a name and usher the listener from a long winter to a bright summer. Blue Flower is fertile ground for wonder and joy and launches The Gray Havens' rich song-craft to new heights.

    Since their story began in 2012, The Gray Havens have evolved from a "narrative-pop-folk" duo to a band continually experimenting with pop and cinematic elements which, ultimately, has defined a musical atmosphere that's all their own.

    Blue Flower finds the band exploring new soundscapes that walk the listener from a seemingly endless winter to the alluring light of summer. The opening line of "Endless Summer" hints at the sonic journey: "Have you ever missed somewhere that you've never been before?" With lyrics inspired by C.S. Lewis, these songs peer into the paradox of that singular desire that no experience in the world can satisfy.

    Remarkably, these may simultaneously be the band's most scholarly and accessible songs. Like its source material, Blue Flower is an album of surprising joy. The album's themes are as strong in the music as in the lyrics, creating an engaging package that invites repeated listening and sharing. Ben Shive and Dave Radford's collaboration balances layers of instrumentation, establishing a cinematic place for each song.

    During a C.S. Lewis reading binge, Radford discovered to his surprise that, although he'd heard Lewis's Surprised by Joy quoted through the years, he had never actually read it. "I can't count how many times I'd heard quotes from Surprised by Joy referenced in different sermons throughout the years. They were always intriguing. Eventually, I figured it was time to hear Lewis's story in his own words." A few chapters in, he quickly became engrossed. One particularly intriguing sentence became the seed of the album. Lewis describes a sense of longing he felt as a young child, overlooking the hills outside his window. "They taught me longing- Sehnsucht; made me for good or ill, and before I was six years old, a votary of the Blue Flower."

    As the songs took shape, the pandemic-altered recording process forged an even stronger production collaboration. Shive would visit the Radford's home each day, and without the pressure of a hard-and-fast recording schedule, the exchange of ideas was more open and relaxed. "It created a very collaborative and positive environment. In the past, I'd worry that we wouldn't have time to try out all of my ideas if I didn't voice them in real time. Since the project files lived on my computer this time around, I knew I had the freedom to try-out as much as I wanted on my own between sessions" Radford recalls. "I think it made the production process more experimental and natural."

    The results find the band exploring new sounds that stay anchored in their roots but reach out to serve the arc of the songs. Supported by an array of world-class players (such as Will Chapman of Colony House on drums and Nathan Dugger of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors on guitar), each lending their own unique voices, the band is in its finest form. The opening title track launches from its ethereal opening bars into a driving up-tempo conclusion that hints at the bright, percussive pop that highlights many of the tracks. And in an album about longing, these songs accomplish something extraordinary: they grab your attention with their present reality, but they carry a tantalizing undercurrent that there is something beautiful and mysterious that can't quite be grasped.

    As the album takes its place in their catalog, The Gray Havens continue to tell the story of redemption and all of its mysteries like no other.

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    Unforgettable beauty | Posted March 31, 2017
    Unforgettable, hauntingly beautiful music, great vocals, and amazing lyrics that you get lost in. Their songs are so powerful and poetic, and very enjoyable. I'm definitely forward to hearing more of their music :D !

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