New Release Tuesday Article

Speaking about his new album title Need, his fourth album for Ardent Records/INO, Todd Agnew says, “Once we finished recording this record, I looked back at it trying to find the theme running throughout. I started to realize how much of this project is about need. My need to be loved. My need for answers. My need for assurance. Our need to worship. Our need to be rescued, redeemed, restored. I noticed that God has been teaching me all year that all of my needs are met in Jesus.”

Much has happened since listeners last heard from Agnew as the singer/songwriter married early last year. I got the great opportunity to interview Todd Agnew about “Joy Unspeakable.” You can listen to our entire discussion here.

Please tell me the story behind writing the song “Joy Unspeakable.”

I wanted to write a song expressing my gratitude for everything God has given me. I found an old hymn that I used for the verses. I have found that there is a joy that runs through marriage, even in times of sorrow. The same goes with my relationship with God. There is joy and peace in my relationship with my wife and with God. I got married in February of 2008, so there was a great deal of joy added to my life through this amazing gift God had given me. Now, being over a year into it, I know that it’s not all easy and fun, some of life is still quite difficult. But what I have found is that joy runs through it all, and that is God’s plan for His bride as well. The strength, the comfort and the joy that comes from our relationship with Him is ever present, even in our troubled times. That is a joy that I do not have words to describe.

Did you lean on any Bible verses while writing this song?

Luke 10:38-42: 38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41″Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

How can listeners apply that message in their walks as Christians when they listen to the song?

The picture of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus is a true and powerful picture of marriage. I have a tendency to want to do things for my wife and serve her, like Martha. What she really wants from me is my time. God wants the same thing from us, His bride the Church. God’s grace doesn’t depend on our service and what we do for Him. He wants the gift of our time. He wants us to sit as His feet and be with Him.

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TODD AGNEW ANNOUNCES NEWEST RECORDING NEED RELEASING OCT. 6

First Single “Joy Unspeakable” Hits Radio Waves Jul. 17

Nashville, Tenn. Jul. 15, 2009… Inspired by recent life changes and learning experiences, Todd Agnew will release his fifth studio project Need Oct. 6 on Ardent/INO Records.

Speaking into the title Need, Agnew says, “Once we finished recording this record, I looked back at it trying to find the theme running throughout.  I started to realize how much of this project is about need.  My need to be loved.  My need for answers.  My need for assurance.  Our need to worship.  Our need to be rescued, redeemed, restored. I noticed that God has been teaching me all year that all of my needs are met in Jesus.”

Much has happened since listeners last heard from Agnew as the singer/songwriter married early last year. Produced by Agnew along with Curry Weber, Scott Hardin and James Joseph, Need is the follow-up to Agnew’s 2007 release Better Questions. Among the twelve tunes on the album, the record includes tracks showcasing Agnew’s worshipful tones and signature sound in songs such as “Gloria,” “I Need No Other,” “Breakable” and more.

As for the first single “Joy Unspeakable,” which is impacting AC, CHR and INSPO formats on Jul. 17, Agnew says, “I got married in Feb. of 2008, so there was a great deal of joy added to my life through this amazing gift God had given me.  Now, being over a year into it, I know that it’s not all easy and fun; some of life is still quite difficult.  But what I have found is that joy runs through it all, and that is God’s plan for His bride as well.  The strength, the comfort and the joy that comes from our relationship with Him is ever present, even in our troubled times. That is a joy that I do not have words to describe.” To hear the story behind “Joy Unspeakable,” visit http://toddagnew.com/2009/07/01/behind-joy-unspeakable/

Agnew will join forces this fall with Building 429 and newcomers Kimber Rising for the “Promise Remains” tour sponsored by Christian humanitarian organization World Vision. The tour will visit around 40 cities starting in Sept. Visit www.thepromiseremainstour.com for the most updated tour information.

Todd Agnew is a five-time Dove Award nominee, garnering numerous hit radio singles including two No. 1 hits, “Grace Like Rain” and “This Fragile Breath (The Thunder Song).”  Agnew continues to perform over 150 dates per year and has currently sold over 500,000 units. His most recent release Better Questions entered Billboard’s Christian Retail Chart at No. 1.

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TOUR SCHEDULE: (dates subject to change):

9/17/09 – St. Charles, MO (St. Louis, MO)
9/18/09 – Morhead, KY
9/19/09 – Elmhurst, IL (Chicago, IL)
9/20/09 – Mequon, WI (Milwaukee, WI)
9/25/09 – Columbus, GA
9/26/09 – Myrtle Beach, SC
9/27/09 – Spinedale, NC
10/2/09 – Brandon, FL (Tampa, FL)
10/8/09 – TBA
10/9/09 – Cedarville, OH
10/10/09 – Bidwell, OH
10/11/09 – S. Portsmouth, OH
10/15/09 – Alexandria, KY
10/16/09 – Mechanicsburg, PA (Harrisburg, PA)
10/17/09 – Wilmington, NC
10/18/09 – Anderson, SC
10/24/09 – Cheyenne, WY
10/25/09 – Salt Lake City, UT
10/26/09 – Missoula, MT
10/27/09 – Kalispell, MT
10/29/09 – Spokane, WA
10/31/09 – Twin Falls, ID
11/1/09 – Bend, OR
11/3/09 – Redding, CA
11/5/09 – Modesto, CA
11/6/09 – Rocklin, CA
11/7/09 – Las Vegas, NV
11/8/09 – Highland, CA (San Bernardino, CA)
11/9/09 – Murrieta, CA
11/10/09 – Gilbert, AZ (Phoenix, AZ)
11/12/09 – Lubbock, TX
11/13/09 – Broken Arrow, OK (Tulsa, OK)
11/20/09 – Roach, MO
11/21/09 – Cordova, TN (Memphis, TN)
11/22/09 – Milan, TN

*Additional dates to be added. Check http://www.thepromiseremainstour.com for updates

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – The NEED Pre-Pre-Sale

Hey everybody. The time has come. Starting today for one week, you can pre-order NEED. Well, you can pre-order it until it comes out, but the general public finds out in a week. This first week only you guys, those that are a part of our family, our community, will know about it. And we’ve included a bonus. If you order this first week, you get a free digital download of Joy Unspeakable, the first single off NEED, and a free digital download of Do You See What I See, the Christmas record.

You’ll be able to choose between two packages. One of them is a simple digital download of the album on release day, but you still get Joy Unspeakable and Do You See What I See now. The other is more expensive, but you get the digital download of NEED on release day, plus 4 bonus tracks on release day. They were some of my favorites that I couldn’t fit on the record. But you also get Joy Unspeakable and Did You See What I See now. And you get a live acoustic EP to download now. And a t-shirt. I know it’s confusing, but you can go to the link below and read all about it. So there you.

Announcement made.

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Enjoy.
Todd

Joy Unspeakable

With the release of NEED on October 6th, I thought it would be cool to give you a sneak preview of each song on the new record. So every Tuesday from now till October, check back here on my site to watch the latest preview video. I’ll explain the story behind each song, plus you’ll be able to hear a clip of it. Hopefully this will give you some insight into the sound and the heart of the new record. This week we’ll be previewing the first single, “Joy Unspeakable”. I hope this song encourages you. I’d love to get your comments and feedback.

Todd