Furthering their longstanding mission to serve the Church through biblically-grounded, creatively compelling worship resources, the renowned duo Shane & Shane have bowed their first full-length set of original selections in more than six years. Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Vol. 1 released on July 23 to critical acclaim, and tracks from the project have already landed on multiple playlists, including Spotify's Top Christian and Apple Music's Worship Today.
Featuring 13 newly-penned songs inspired by Colossians 3:16, the album was produced and co-written by Shane Barnard and features such contributing songwriters as Bryan Fowler, Jimmy Needham, Robbie Seay, and others.
The album's opening track, "Psalm 42 (Loudest Praise)," is a blues and gospel-tinged call to worship with a nod to the timeless hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing."
"Some of these songs come from that season where you feel you're being hit by breaker after breaker and crash after crash, yet you want to find your hope again in Christ, and 'Psalm 42' is an example of that," Shane Barnard explains. "The hymn says, 'Streams of mercy never ceasing/call for songs of loudest praise,' but this has not been a 'streams of mercy' kind of season for me, so I flipped the lyric to, 'Streams of trouble never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.'"
"This album aims to supply the Church with new songs that are artistic, engaging, beautiful, and biblical," Shane Everett shares. "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs was written by simply opening God's Word and putting the scriptures to music. Our hope and prayer is that people would be impacted and encouraged by the truth found in these words--made personal, palatable, and memorable by beautiful melody and music."
Shane & Shane are also founders and leaders of The Worship Initiative, based in the duo's hometown of Dallas. Entering a new season of growth, the equipping ministry is expanding its library of hundreds of popular worship songs, team training materials, instrument tutorials, and song-based devotionals, among many other offerings. The Worship Initiative has released more than 30 albums to date. Its unique community of artists, songwriters, and theologians seeks to be a catalyst for musical and spiritual growth in the Church.
"When we think back to the beginning of this journey, it started with us touring, leading worship, teaching classes, and walking weekly with younger worship leaders and songwriters. That sparked a passion and desire to encourage other worship pastors," says Shane Barnard of The Worship Initiative's genesis. "We saw those worship pastors turn around and pour into their church body, and we wanted to continue to do that, so we started The Worship Initiative. We want to encourage and equip those who desire to sing The Word through our songs, devotionals, resources, and more."