New from Catholic Singer/Songwriter Audrey Assad: Evergreen

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"New from Catholic Singer/Songwriter Audrey Assad: Evergreen" by Barb Szyszkiewicz (CatholicMom.com)

A new album from Catholic singer/songwriter Audrey Assad releases tomorrow, February 23. I’ve been listening to Evergreen for the past few weeks, and I’m convinced that its early-Lent timing is perfect. The proof is in the lyrics of each of the twelve tracks:

  • God on a cross—who would have thought it? (“Evergreen”)
  • You’re my deliverer
    You won’t pass me by. (“Deliverer”)
  • In the kingdom of the heavens no suffering is unknown
    Each tear that falls is holy, each breaking heart a throne
    There is a psalm of beauty in every weeping eye
    For there is One who knows me.
    His heart, it breaks with mine. (“Little Things with Great Love”)
  • Sorrow may linger and last for the night but I am never alone. (“The Joy of the Lord”)
  • Seek good, not evil
    Follow the Lord and live (“River”)
  • How do I grieve what I can’t let go? (“Unfolding”)
  • I feel so alone in the silence. (“Teresa”)
  • All the way my Savior leads me
    To peace that is past understanding (“Irrational Season”)
  • God of heaven in flesh and bone
    By your wounds we shall be healed (“Wounded Healer”)
  • You have loved me well in a million ways
    But my wounds are all I know (“When I See You”)
  • I will not gaze at glory but on my King of grace.
    Not at the crown He gives me
    but on His pierced hand (“Immanuel’s Land”)
  • After everything I’ve had
    After everything I’ve lost
    Lord, I know this much is true
    I’m still drawn to you. (“Drawn to You”)

Evergreen is Audrey Assad’s first full original album in four years; she’s released other joint albums during that time, but I particularly enjoy her solo work. The heartache evident in this album is directly related to her faith journey. Assad commented,

Even in my mid-thirties now, after having been Catholic for ten years, the residue of fundamentalism remains. I live in a slow, constant process now of encountering the vestiges of fundamentalist thinking as they present themselves, assessing them, and putting them to the side if I am done with them.
The music on the album draws from a variety of styles, but every song features Audrey Assad’s ethereal vocals, backed by simple instrumental arrangements that don’t distract from the message of the song. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I particularly enjoyed “Deliverer,” “The Joy of the Lord,” and “Drawn to You.”

Learn more at AudreyAssad.comFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.com.

Here’s a taste of this album — the final track, “Drawn to You,” co-written with Matt Maher.

Evergreen is available for preorder on Amazon and iTunes.


Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at CatholicMom.com. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

4 Comments

  1. She is one of my favorites! I have all of her solo albums. Her lyrics always touch my heart and spirit. I can’t wait to listen to this album.

  2. Alison Finkbeiner on

    I didn’t realize she was Catholic. I have her first album which I love. Can you recommend other Catholic singers? Going to check out hee new album. Thanks for the review.

  3. I love her songs and videos (how they often have landscapes and the lyrics). I am glad that you shared this as I did not know she had a new album coming out. I also love Matt Maher, so I was happy to see that the song you chose to share was co-written with him.

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