Internationally recognized praise band Planetshakers releases its "Only Way" single globally today (March 8) from Venture3Media (V3M). Available at iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and more digital and streaming outlets everywhere, the new song was recorded at Planetshakers Conferences in the Philippines and Malaysia in January, and was produced, written, mixed and sung by Planetshakers' Joth Hunt. It also became an encouragement to this multi-talented worship leader through his battle with cancer.
"I've seen other people go through this, but never thought it would happen to me," confesses Joth, who learned of his condition just prior to the start of the Planetshakers tour of Asia this past January. "It wasn't great timing. I feel so called to go to Asia, but this was a roadblock, something that was planning to stop me from going."
A doctor told Joth that he would need surgery to remove the cancerous tumor, and that he would be bedridden for at least two weeks, which would mean he would miss the tour. After breaking the news to his wife, together the couple decided to believe for a miracle. "It was at that moment that I began to seek God, put on worship in my headphones, and declared that God is able to make a way when there seems no way," which is the very declaration the song "Only Way" makes - a song Joth wrote just before finding out he had cancer.
"These are the kinds of statements I put in songs, because I know that other people are going through challenging times like this. But now, they never rang more true to me, personally."
With the help of Planetshakers Church Sr. Pastor Russell Evans in finding a doctor to get a second opinion, Joth met with the new doctor on a Thursday and the next day he was in surgery -- just six days before his plane would leave for the tour starting in Manila.
Sharing with the Planetshakers team in Manila a week-and-a-half after the surgery -- the team didn't know he had gone through surgery -- Joth shares, "I had to testify how good God is. The enemy didn't' want me to be here tonight. But he lost. God had the victory over it."
The lyrics in the chorus of "One Way" go on to say:
You are the way
Jesus You're the only way
Doesn't matter what they say to me
I believe in You
So I praise
Jesus I will give You praise
Doesn't matter what may come at me
I believe in You
"God had me write that song a week before I knew this was going to happen. It was the perfect tool God helped me to use to declare victory over the situation," says Joth, adding, "It's easy to sing these songs week-to-week, but when you are actually going through it, these lyrics become more...they become an anthem."
With CT and X-ray scans, as well as blood tests coming back clear, Joth testifies, "There is zero cancer in my body because God closed the book on that. The struggle of this journey is over...God has taken care of it. So thankful to God!"
Joth, along with the Planetshakers praise team, are captured on video at https://youtu.be/YcLyvFmIlUs leading thousands of people, joyfully singing "Only Way" live in Asia this past January and following Joth's bout with cancer. Joth also shares part one of his miraculous journey leading up to the recording of "Only Way" at https://youtu.be/Acv3bUtda6A.
In addition to "Only Way," Planetshakers released its acclaimed, four-song digital EP Rain Part 1 in January. The new EP precedes the annual Planetshakers Conference in Melbourne, AU that launches with the "Rain" theme this year at Melbourne Arena April 10 and at Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane, AU (Bowen Hills QLD) April 16. The promotional video for the conferences can be seen at https://youtu.be/veN7GFxWeHA.
Taking the new music, favorites like "The Anthem," "Endless Praise" and "Turn It Up," and songs from its acclaimed, top-selling fall 2018 Heaven On Earth album on tour, Planetshakers just wrapped-up a tour with Franklin Graham, commemorating the 60th anniversary of late Rev. Billy Graham's historic evangelistic events across Australia in 1959. Following the tour with Graham, Planetshakers will return to the US for the Smoky Mountain Winterfest in Knoxville, TN March 10.