Dove Award-winning artist, Aaron Shust, will release his first Christmas project, Unto Us, October 14, 1024. Produced by David Hamilton (Grammy Awards, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant), Unto Us delivers ten new songs written by Shust, each containing a cinematic quality highlighted by ancient yet modern sounds. In order to create the orchestral backdrop for Unto Us, Shust traveled to the Czech Republic last February to record the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra sight-read music on eight of the new songs, leading to a spectacular sound for the record. Shust has wanted to record a Christmas project for a long time and he knew the sound he wanted and how to achieve it.
"I've had my entire life to write this Christmas record," Shust explains. "Every year in November and December, I would sit down in front of the piano, open up a hymnal and read some words that might inspire. I wanted every second of every track to feel like Christmas and to give people something familiar, yet also to gift them with something else, a new experience. We're not just celebrating 'He was born and He was God.' We're celebrating the fact that God is coming on a rescue mission and that's exciting!"
The listener will realize that this album is something special as soon as Unto Us begins with the majestic overture "Star Of Wonder" that heralds the arrival of the wise men, and features a bouzouki, a Greek guitar–like instrument.The title track delivers the excitement of Christ's birth, with the following track, "Advent Carol," being created by Shust from a very old hymnal. The ballad, "Sanctuary," features the Nashville Boys Choir and Shust added an instrumental number with "Keep Silent." Shust views the album as being presented in three categories, proclamation (tracks 1-5), adoration (tracks 6-8) and celebration (tracks 9 and 10), in order to present the emotions and life-changing birth of our Savior.
Shust will launch the Morning Rises Fall Tour next month with dates running through mid-October. The tour features Mikeschair, labelmate Lauren Daigle and Nathan Tasker, and is sponsored by Compassion International.
About Aaron Shust
Dove Award winning artist Aaron Shust has been embraced by Christian radio since his debut project in 2006, which contained the mega-hit single "My Savior, My God" that rose to No. 1 on six charts. Shust's first project for Centricity Music, This Is What We Believe, launched with the biggest song of his career, "My Hope Is In You," which stayed at the top of the AC Monitored chart for 14 weeks. Shust latest studio album, Morning Rises, released in 2013 and the first single, "God Of Brilliant Lights," reached Top 15 at AC Radio. The second single, "No One Higher," became a 9-week No. 1 hit for Shust on Billboard's Soft AC/Inspirational chart. Shust remains an active touring artist and launched his Morning Rises Tour in Spring and Fall of 2014. He has shared the stage with such artists as Mark Schultz, Big Daddy Weave, NewSong, Jeremy Camp and Casting Crowns. Shust has received seven GMA Dove nominations and was honored in 2007 with three Dove Awards for Song of the Year ("My Savior, My God"), Songwriter of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.
About Centricity Music
Centricity was founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity. Based in Franklin TN, artists include Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Carrollton, Jason Gray, Jonny Diaz, Lauren Daigle, Lindsay McCaul and Unspoken. The company's mission is to enable their artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. Providing label, management and publishing services, Centricity is a family owned organization and they like it that way. For more information on Centricity Music, please visit: www.centricitymusic.com.