Sing the Bible, Volume 2, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2014's Dove Award-nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs, is set to bow March 18. The fifth installment in acclaimed singer/songwriter Randall Goodgame's immensely popular Slugs & Bugs series, Sing the Bible, Volume 2 was produced by Ben Shive (Rend Collective, MercyMe) and is the second release to feature word-for-word Scripture songs.
Throughout the album's 14 tracks, Sing the Bible, Volume 2 incorporates 43 Scripture verses from 12 Books of the Bible, taking listeners on a journey through celebration, struggle and repentance, culminating in forgiveness. The song sequence tells the story of the Christian life in an accessible format for children, while also meaningful for parents.
"These songs are rich in practical instruction, specifically about how Christians act as they are being transformed by the Holy Spirit," Goodgame explains of the project's overarching purpose. "They're also packed with bedrock Truths of the Christian faith. By combining these elements, I hope the project will serve as a musical 'handbook' for the Christian home."
Highlights of Sing the Bible, Volume 2 include "Whoever Sows," with special guests Andrew Peterson (as Chauncy Raccoon) and Amy Goodgame (as Shelly Sharkbug); a musical rendition of The Ten Commandments including Count Dracula and Frankenstein; and the reverent album closer, Isaiah 53's "By His Wounds."
"I approached 'By His Wounds' with racial reconciliation on my mind," Goodgame explains. "Black voices and white voices join together to sing, 'By His wounds, we are healed.' Of course, we take these words from the prophet Isaiah and point them at Christ, acknowledging Him as the Messiah. But His wounds heal every strife. Because of His wounds, war will cease and He will wipe away every tear. By His wounds, racial wounds will also heal."
A singer and sought-after songwriter, Goodgame has penned selections for Caedmon's Call, VeggieTales, Jason Gray and Ginny Owens, among others. Along with award-winning singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson, Goodgame created Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies in 2007 to an overwhelming response from parents. Goodgame, who now helms the series, has released A Slugs & Bugs Christmas (2010); 2011's Slugs & Bugs Under Where?; the Dove Award-nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs (2014); and a Slugs & Bugs Vacation Bible School curriculum. His popular Slugs & Bugs LIVE concert for families makes numerous tour stops across the U.S. and the U.K. each year.