Gloria is a song off the new record NEED. As I was writing for the record,
I was digging back into a lot of these old hymn lyrics. There is so much
richness found there. So one night, I had one of my good friends Chris
Collins over to work on co-writing some stuff. We had written a couple of
songs together years ago, one you might be familiar with called Grace Like
Rain. So this particular night we are talking and flipping through some old
hymnals I’ve collected, and Chris speaks up. He said, “I’ve never heard
this song but I love this title.” I looked down and saw “Praise My Soul,
the King of Heaven”.

I have been intrigued for a while by the idea of instructing ourselves,
commanding our own souls to obey. The most prominent passage on this is
found in Psalm 103:1,
“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!”
David tells his own soul to bless the Lord. It’s a good reminder that we
even have to remind ourselves to praise God. We have to push ourselves,
because He is always worthy of more than we are going to bring. And this
line in the hymn is a similar command. We are commanding our souls to praise
the King of heaven. We are demanding it for His glory.

Here are some thoughts from the great preacher D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on this topic: “Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc.

Somebody is talking. Who is talking? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul?’ he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says: ‘Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.’…

The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’– what business have you to be disquieted?

You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, condemn yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: ‘Hope thou in God’– instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way. And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do.

Then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with this man: ‘I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God.’”

–D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965/2002), 20-1.

The story of the writing part of Gloria isn’t that exciting. We tried some melodies
and guitar parts. As usual with Chris, I took one of his guitar parts and
built the song around that. And then the producers took that guitar part
out, so it’s not in there anymore. The only other thing I remember doing is
changing some of the words to the chorus. The main exclamation in the
chorus is Hallelujah, but I figured after Grace Like Rain and Our Great God
that we had enough Hallelujahs for a while. I tried to think of another
word that says the same kind of thing but isn’t used as often. I remembered
the word Gloria. Another friend and I had been talking about how that word
isn’t used as often today. So we put that in there, and hopefully it works
well. I liked changing the words to each chorus like it does in the hymn,
but for simplicity’s sake, in the end, we left them the same.

And that’s the story of Gloria, as best as I can remember it.


“NEED” Reviews

With all of the reviews coming in over the past month, we thought it would be beneficial for everyone to see what the critics have been saying about Todd Agnew’s Need!

“There is certainly a need for Agnew’s brand of gospel out there, and the tweaks he made to his sound for this album are all to his credit.” – All Music Guide

“Agnew has put out a diverse collection of musical expression, but one that holds to a common thread we all need to hear—Jesus is all we need!” – Advance magazine,1.html

“Need portrays his laid-back demeanor well, letting the listener know ‘what you hear is what you get.’  Thankfully, what I hear is pretty darn good.” – CCM Magazine

“The best qualities of his signature lyricism and heartfelt vocals are captured within a myriad of listener-friendly hooks and infectious sounds…  Need offers a clever combination of styles from church hymns to southern gospel and both, classic and modern rock… highly consumable and extremely infectious.” – New Release Tuesday, 8.5 out of 10

“Some tracks on Todd Agnew’s new album will make you want to lift your hands in worship, and others will make you want to jump in row for a line dance.” – Christianity Today

Need has songs for your service, featured music and songs for personal listening. Don’t miss this one. It is a best of the best.” – Worship Leader

“The music is great, and his vocals seem to be at the top of his game this time around.” – Jesus Freak Hideout, 4 to 5 stars

“When it comes to beautiful worshipful music that doesn’t fit the ‘modern worship’ pigeonhole, Todd Agnew’s Need is as good as it gets.” – Beyond the Turntable

What are your thoughts?

‘NEED’ Releases Today

Hey everyone, it’s Todd. The new record comes out today. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who prayed us through this process. It was definitely a difficult one. I am looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts and reactions now that the record is finally out. I hope you will share yours, maybe in a comment at the bottom of this blog. If you don’t know much about the record, it’s called NEED and it kind of has three themes running through the record: things we think we need, things we really need, and the strange but beautiful idea that all the things we really need are found in Christ.

First, I would like to thank everyone who has been onto iTunes already this morning. Of course, the first single that has already been available, ‘Joy Unspeakable’, is the most downloaded. But the second is ‘Higher Ground’. That really touched me. It’s been one of my favorites for some time. I also look forward to hearing your thoughts on ‘Give Me Jesus’, another favorite of mine.

Actually I can’t wait to hear what you think of all the songs. Well, what God shows you, how He moves in your heart. That’s why we do this, and I look forward to his move. The other additional iTunes comment is that there are 3 bonus songs on iTunes that are not on the CD for those of you that preordered or bought it in the stores. These songs are available for purchase on iTunes; you don’t have to buy the whole record. ‘The Way of the Cross’ is a personal favorite. It was so hard not to include it on the record. And ‘All The World’ is a bit of the funky side that you may have become used to hearing from me. ‘All That I Have’ wasn’t my favorite bonus track but hopefully some of you will like it. Anyway, I hope to hear from you guys as you experience the new project. Thanks for listening.


‘NEED’ Now Available


Hey Everyone, October 6th has finally arrived! Todd’s new album “Need” releases in stores today! If you haven’t already pre-ordered the album, I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself and for a friend. Below are some links to purchase “Need”:

Family Christian Stores

We would love to hear your feedback on what you think of the album, your favorite song(s), and anything else you’d like to share.


Introducing “Did You Mean Me”

Hey Guys! Jenni here with Todd’s management company. Todd’s album NEED releases in stores and online next Tuesday, October 6th! Today I am introducing the last song preview video from NEED. The song is called “Did You Mean Me?”. Hopefully these preview videos have gotten you excited to listen to the full album. Also, check out this new e-card where you can listen to clips from the album, send to a friend, and more…

Introducing “Higher Ground”

Hey Guys! Here is the next song preview video from Todd’s album “Need”, in stores October 6th. That’s only 2 weeks away (13 days to be exact). Hopefully these preview videos have given you a deeper understanding about Todd’s inspiration behind each song. It’s a great album. This week’s song is called “Higher Ground”, and this is one of the songs you receive as an immediate download if you pre-order the album. So if you haven’t pre-ordered the album, you still have time to get all the great bonus content. Also, the Promise Remains Tour is off to a great start…be sure to check the “Tour” tab for a full list of cities.

Introducing “Deep Love Of Jesus”

Hey Everybody, Jenni here to share with you the next song preview from Todd’s new record “Need”, that releases three weeks from today! The song is called “Deep Love of Jesus”. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for coming back each week to preview the new songs. Just a reminder that The Promise Remains Tour kicks off this week, so be sure to check Todd’s tour page to see the complete list of cities…


Introducing “The Love Of God”

Hey Guys, here is Todd’s latest song preview video from his new album ‘Need’, which is in stores on October 6th. The song is called “The Love of God”. Hope you enjoy it. Right now you can get some great bonus material if you pre-order ‘Need,’ including a 5-song acoustic EP, 4 album bonus tracks, and a t-shirt. Also, just a reminder that The Promise Remains Tour with Todd, Building 429, and Kimber Rising kicks off next Thursday, Sept. 17th in St. Charles, MO. It’s going to be an awesome tour!