Singer/songwriter John Tibbs independently releases today the third single and worship track "Shepherd (feat. Sandra McCracken)" from his Heartland EP set to release Oct. 13 on Windmill & Wave Records with Tone Tree Music distribution and Heritage (an imprint of Bethel Music) digital marketing. Pledgers who preorder the EP at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/johntibbs will receive an instant download of the new song, as well as the project's title track and Tibbs' first single, "Won't Let Me Go."
"I've been on a 'faith journey' this last year and a half," says Tibbs, sharing the impetus behind the new song that was produced by Ben Shive (Colony House, Rend Collective, Ellie Holcomb). "There has been such a divisive political climate around the world that's caused a lot of anger, fear and pain. Maybe it's a brand-new thing, or more likely, my eyes are just now seeing this divisiveness and the reality of our separation from God. Either way, my heart and faith have been shredded apart and reconstructed over and over again.
"Through it all, Psalm 23 has become a cornerstone for me throughout this process," continues Tibbs, revealing the scripture "Shepherd" is based on. "What I have discovered is that there is freedom found in faith. I want to live and love out of that peace and comfort, looking toward the Lord to guide me as I follow Him."
"John's new version of Psalm 23 gives a refreshing lift for my spirits," adds Sandra McCracken, whose vocals are featured on the new track. "It's a reminder of the triumph of God's rest."
In addition to the three songs mentioned above, PledgeMusic is offering a variety of limited-edition products and exclusives from Tibbs. Some of the items being offered include a Skype meeting and a walking tour of Nashville with Tibbs, an invitation to a listening party for the new album, an acoustic concert at the pledger's house by Tibbs and much more. All pledgers will also gain exclusive access to new music, videos from the studio, photos from the road, sneak peeks at unfinished tracks and more.
"I'm proud to partner with these artists and KLTY, WAY-FM, Air1, and KCBI to do my part in joining the incredible response of folks serving those devastated by Harvey," says Tibbs, who is also looking for ways now to help those who have suffered through Hurricane Irma.
Recently sharing the stage with Matt Maher, Audrey Assad and Jordan Feliz, along with headlining a tour with JJ Weeks Band and Dave Pettigrew, Tibbs' current tour itinerary follows:
9/15-9/17 - Cookeville, TN; closed worship event
9/20 -- Dallas, TX; Verizon Theater "Convoy of Hope"
9/22 - Bloomington, IL; E-Free Church
9/30 - Chesterfield, MO; The Corner
10/1 - St Louis, MO; Crossings Church
10/1 - Charleston, IL; Charleston First Church
10/2 - Auburn, IN; County Line Church
10/7-10/8 - Ormond Beach, FL; Salty Church
10/26 - Napa Valley, CA; Hillside Christian
10/28 - Palm Springs, CA; Our Savior's Palm Springs
10/29 - Phoenix, AZ; The Refuge
10/29 - Phoenix, AZ; Arcadia City Church
11/2 - Westfield, IN (with Jonny Diaz)
11/3 - Akron, OH (with Jonny Diaz)
11/4 - Altoona, PA (with Jonny Diaz)
11/5 - Hagerstown, MD (with Jonny Diaz)
11/17-11/19 - St Louis, MO; Church of God Youth Convention
* Tour dates subject to change.
For more information on John Tibbs, including tour dates and social media links, visit www.JohnTibbsMusic.com.