Hold Fast, the much-anticipated EP from New England-based singer/songwriter Joe Frey, is slated to bow September 2. Featuring five selections all co-penned by Frey, the project includes collaborations with such acclaimed writers as Matt Armstrong, James Tealy, Tyrus Morgan and Jay Speight.
Produced by Joel Rousseau (Carrollton, South by North), Hold Fast launches with the contagious "Restore My Soul" and "Your Love Won't Be Denied," progressing to the intimate prayer of "Whisper To My Heart," and the worshipful declaration of "Faithful." The powerful title cut serves as the project's centerpiece, transparently capturing the struggle of everyday life while reminding listeners that He is the anchor in the midst of storms.
"Despite our brokenness, no matter how messy or far we fall from God, He still loves us and His grace is far greater than our sin," Frey says of the EP's theme. "He wants to restore us, to build us up to be disciples. But are we listening to His call, to His still small voice? Are we holding on to Him?"
"I pray this record speaks to those who are walking down that path of brokenness," he adds. "Because we can't truly be effective for the Kingdom until we surrender everything. He is faithful...even in our darkest days/even when I've lost my way."
Joe Frey and his band, The Broken Vessels, have amassed an enthusiastic following throughout New England and beyond, performing at festivals, churches and camps, among other venues. Passionate about equipping the local church to be more effective in worship, Frey's "The Church | Worship Gatherings" is a unique opportunity for leaders to learn from his experiences.
"We gather teams from several churches for a one-day worship-equipping intensive," Frey explains. "At the end of the day we come together, inviting these entire congregations for a night of worship. The idea is to see the Church unified, coming freely to worship. My prayer and vision is for this to not only strengthen churches, but to bring the Body of Christ together to work outside the four walls of the Church."