Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shust Readies “Morning Rises” For a July Release Date


Morning Rises, Aaron Shust’s second album for Centricity Music, is scheduled to be released July 16, 2013, with God of Brilliant Lights, the first single from the project, going for adds at radio on April 26th. Acclaimed producer, Ed Cash, helped Shust deliver another very strong and focused project, delivering worship songs that glorify and lift up the name of Christ. The album marks the first time that Shust has used his touring band as the studio musicians, translating into performances that audiences will hear at his concerts across the country. The project is very uplifting, while chronicling some of the tough challenges Shust experienced over the last few months.

“This is an album about how God is faithful. God is steadfast. God is the same,” says Shust. “Whenever our life goes crazy we can say, ‘God is faithful.’ If you believe the verses that we memorized as kids or in our early Christian lives, that He has a plan for us, that He’s never going to leave us, that He’s never going to forsake us, then that rings true. You need those truths in the dark hours. That’s what this album hopefully covers. Morning Rises represents hope. Morning Rises represents promise.”

After experiencing the medical tribulations of his second son, Nicky, last year, Shust once again faced life-threatening medical situations with his son, Michael, who was born in January of this year. Facing a heart surgery shortly after he was born, being diagnosed with Down Syndrome, a second surgery for hearing issues and ongoing health issues, the experiences haven’t defeated Shust but instead renewed his passion for Christ.

Those emotions and feelings are delivered in the album’s eleven songs, with seven being co-written by Shust and the remaining four from other songwriters, which include Hillsong’s Cornerstone, the upbeat God Is For Us, and the beautiful ballad that exalts No One Higher. Shust co-wrote his first single, God of Brilliant Lights, which is a powerful song that extols God’s unconditional love that brings us out of darkness. The God of brilliant lights is shining down over us/Breaking through the darkness covering all the earth/His love is like an ocean forever overflowing/The God of brilliant light is shining over us.

Shust’s previous album, This Is What We Believe, launched one of the biggest songs of his career with My Hope Is In You. The single stayed at the top of the AC Monitor chart for 14 weeks during 2011/2012, and was listed at #8 on Billboard magazine’s year-end Christian Songs Artist category and #9 for Christian AC Songs Artist. Shust continued to have major impact on the charts in 2012 with his single Risen Today reaching #17 on the AC Indicator chart. His last song, We Are Free peaked at #21 on the AC Monitored chart and #25 on the National Audience chart.

Shust is currently on the road with Mark Schultz’s All Things Possible Tour that runs through May 5th. For more updates on Shust please visit

[Source: Bozeman Media]


All Sons & Daughters Release First Ever Live CD/DVD Project


Following four critically acclaimed projects, the Franklin, TN-based worship duo All Sons & Daughters release its first live, full-length recording, LIVE, today from Integrity Music. Receiving widespread critical acclaim, the CD/DVD was recorded in the chapel at Oceanway Studios in Nashville and features members Leslie Jordan and David Leonard sharing their best-loved songs, such as “All The Poor and Powerless” and “Reason to Sing,” as well as new songs, all delivered in a congregationally-friendly, organic worship setting.

Debuting the new music for the first time at a packed out DVD screening event at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN, the video for All Sons & Daughters’ new song, “Great Are You Lord,” was also premiered online by RELEVANT Magazine as its “Video of the Day.” Co-written with Jason Ingram, Leslie says the song is “a reminder that our acts of worship originate with the One we worship. It is His gift.” The song is now available as well on, with additional preview clips of videos from the new DVD at

With a feature in CCM Magazine’s current issue, a Worship Leader Magazine “Art In Worship”feature story written by Leslie at coverage from numerous other media outlets, here is just the latest round of critical acclaim for the duo and LIVE:

“I don’t take it lightly in saying this, but I feel I can truly say that this is the best live worship album I’ve heard in many years. It’s an album for not only worshippers, but for music lovers who want something different to listen and worship along to than the norm…All Sons & Daughters present a gorgeous outing in Live. This talented duo continue to turn out excellent pieces of artful worship and this latest venture is their best yet.” – (First 5-Star-rated album of 2013)

“This project is a potential game-changer in the area of live corporate worship. Intimate and deeply personal, it still carries the weight of a heavy-hitting worship album recorded in a packed out church or arena…On the musicianship front, David and Leslie’s vocals are near perfect the entire album, which speaks volumes to their talent as vocalists…a sparklingly rugged piece of worshipful artistry. For those seeking the perfect album for soul soaking moments of praise and seeking God, All Sons & Daughters’ LIVE is just what you’ve been looking for.” –

“With the band redefining and possibly even reinventing the worship genre…the band has taken modern worship music and stretched it, placing it on its head to remind listeners that worship music can still be fun and enjoyable, unique and different, compelling, emotive and encouraging all at once….such a hopeful and inspiring album, one of my favorite in April 2013!” –

“There is something about these guys – something pure, something natural, something incredible about the way they write and deliver worship songs. This new LIVE release from All Sons & Daughters made me think two main things: 1) it is one of the most concentrated albums of great worship songs I’ve ever heard; and 2) it is a very natural live album – there is a completeness to the set.” – (5-Star review)

“Comprising of Leslie Ann Jordan (on vocals and guitar) and David Leonard (on vocals and piano), they have much to teach us about bringing an organic diversity (in incorporating elements of folk, jazz, country, Celtic and hymns) in their worship… Of all the copious worship bands out there, there is something different about All Sons & Daughters. They are a gracious duo who not only took time to enrich their worship with nuances of various stripes, but they come across as organic, embracing and so heartfelt.” –

Beginning today in Cape Girardeau, MO, All Sons & Daughters will bring the music and message ofLIVE to audiences across North America in cities like Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Toronto, Canada; St. Louis, MO; Rochester, NY; and numerous others. Additional tour dates will be announced soon as the duo readies its first headline tour this fall. For the latest tour detail, go to

Releasing as a CD/DVD, LIVE is also available now as an exclusive iTunes LP® that includes all 13 live audio tracks along with chord charts for each song, seven videos in HD exclusively on iTunes, and four Work Tapes for “Rising Sun,” “All The Poor & Powerless,” “Reason To Sing” and “Find You (Oh How I Need You).” All Sons & Daughters share additional detail about the LP on their website, while a LIVE trailer can be seen at

The story of All Sons & Daughters begins in 2010 with artist David Leonard (Jackson Waters, NEEDTOBREATHE) wanting to spend less time traveling and more of it in real relationship with his local spiritual community at Journey Church. David connected with Leslie Jordan, part of the creative staff at the church, and the two began writing songs together, including the popular “All the Poor and Powerless.”

Quickly realizing that they shared a similar style of leadership and desire to foster authentic connections in the church through a transparent form of worship, David and Leslie adopted the name All Sons & Daughters in reference to each other and the listeners who are vital to this active fellowship process. As worship leaders at Franklin’s The Journey Church, All Sons & Daughters see their music as an extension of their church. They are known for writing songs that focus squarely on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk.

In addition to LIVE, the duo has recorded three EPs: Brokenness Aside, Reason to Singand The Longing – and one album, Season One. Drawing comparisons to The Civil Wars and The Swell Season for their harmonies and organic instrumentation, the duo has been named Worship Leader Magazine’s“most enchanting sound emerging in the worship genre.” They were also recently featured on tours with Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe.

For additional information on All Sons& Daughters, visit and follow them on

Twitter via @allsanddmusic, Facebook at

[Source: Hoganson Media Relations]

Martin Smith’s Solo Release Bows to High Acclaim



The first full-length solo debut from Martin Smith,God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01, releases today (April 23) amidst five-star acclaim and immediately hits the No. 1 position on the iTunes®Christian & Gospel chart. Born out of a reinvigorated season of living in community with everyday believers, Martin’s God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01, is a collection of personal revival songs from the former Delirious? frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter.

The first radio single from the album,“Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor),” which Darlene Zschech lauded via Twitter as her favorite song, sets the tone for the record. Building from a hard reality to a full-on pop dance celebration, it is a personal “prodigal song” for Martin that is gaining spins at numerous stations across the country. Recent station adds include: WONU (Chicago-Indianapolis), WJTL (Lancaster, PA), KBNJ (Corpus Christi, TX), KJTH (Ponca City, OK) and more.

Co-written by Martin and 2013 GRAMMY winner Jonas Myrin (“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”), the companion concept video of the single is also gaining views with dozens of adds internationally following its RELEVANT Magazine “Video of the Day” debut. With over 105,000 views on YouTube alone, the video is being featured on GMC’s“Uplifting Pop,”,, GodTube,, and many others. Featuring Martin’s teenage daughter, Elle, in the lead role, every nuance of the video is intentional as it unfolds Martin’s story.

A welcoming invitation to prodigals and faithful alike,God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 (and Step 02, slated to release October 2013) is a reminder that God’s grace is for everyone. As music fans are sharing 5-star reviews oniTunes, the critics have been agreeing that this is one album not to miss. With current or upcoming coverage in RELEVANT, Charisma,Worship Leader, CCM Magazine, Soul2Soul, Worship with Andy Chrisman, 100 Huntley Street,New Song Café and many others, here are just a few of the latest comments from the critics:

“Martin Smith is back with a renewed energy and passion, fueled by his love of the local church. The thing is, his local focus will end up, once again, impacting the global church with fresh, ‘cutting edge’ worship songs that will resonate with many.” –

“Martin’s first digital album feels like Delirious? never left, as we soak into the poignant song writing and heartfelt messages delivered to the listener through these upbeat and mellow tracks of reflection… God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 is sure to relay the crucial message of joy and dancing as we delve into Christ and can’t help but rejoice and let out a shout of praise, dancing before the Lord in reverence and awe. …Well done Martin for one of my favorite worship albums of 2013!” –

“This may be the first ever solo album from Delirious? front man Martin Smith, but he nonetheless picks right up in the group’s vertically-minded tradition thanks to a modern praise project peppered with personal musings and artful arrangements.” –

“I’m happy to report is that Smith isn’t simply trying to recreate Delirious?’s sound, but he is owning it…The reappearance of Martin Smith back in the music scene is very welcome, and God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 is a great first step into the solo realm. Certainly, fans of Delirious? will want to pick this one up, as well as worship music fans in general.” –

“Martin Smith has always had an eclectic taste in music and that is definitely shown in this album, but the music always leads us closer to Jesus… it definitely keeps the rich lyrical content that he has been known for…fun, energetic, and reminds us how much joy there is in the presence of God.” –

“The production and instrumentation continue to show diversity from the sound of Smith’s former band, but the heart of love for God and the deep need for Him are just as profound. …It’s fun, truthful and refreshing…it’s great to have new songs from one of the most gifted worship leaders of our century.” – Foursquare Leader

“… Martin Smith’s new album is one of my favorite worship albums of 2013…we are met with 10 honest and personal tracks that stretch the boundaries of worship music… Well done Martin for an exemplary effort, and I hope you win heaps of awards and be recognized for the songwriter that you are in the future!” –

With many of the songs written in collaboration with young worship leaders and novice musicians at his church, St. Peter’s – a Holy Trinity Brompton church plant, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 is a joyful labor of love for this seasoned songwriter/worship leader. In addition to the radio and video single, the album features the modern rock anthem “Fire Never Sleeps,” which opens the acclaimed Jesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live From New York album and is featured on Audio Adrenaline’s Kings & Queens. It also features the contemplative ballad, “Catch Every Teardrop,” which was inspired by Psalm 52 and the near fatal car crash that almost claimed Martin’s life – a pivotal event that led to the formation of Delirious? back in 1997. This song is available now for anyone to download for free at Martin also co-wrote four songs with Chris Tomlin, including “Waiting Here For You” with its message of the fragility of our humanity and how waiting is perhaps the most difficult act of worship.

When Martin and his band Delirious? emerged in the U.S. back in 1997, having already impacted a generation of UK youth with its passionate call for revival, most agree that the modern worship movement officially began. The hope of that movement and the music that came out of it—“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “Deeper,” “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?,” “Shout To The North” and a string of other modern worship standards—has irrevocably changed the landscape of Christian music in the U.S. and around the world. Long before 2009’s farewell concert, RIAA certified Gold-selling and GRAMMY nominated band Delirious? had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Like their song “History Maker” that landed on 1998’sKing of Fools, the band became‘history makers’ themselves.

Still making relevant music, Martin’s God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 springs from a man refreshed, revived and reconnected with Jesus and with his Church. Excited to play a lead role in the ongoing call to worship, he is a passionate model for young worship leaders of today.

[Source: Hoganson Media Relations]


Citizen Way Releases Debut to Solid Reviews

CitizenWayThe verdict is in – Love is the Evidence is declared an “infectious pop-rock project” and critics proclaim, “Citizen Way is Spiritually Stirring.” Such adoration only reflects a snippet of the buzz building for this debut project from new act Citizen Way, comprised of two sets of siblings – Ben and Josh Calhoun and Ben and David Blascoe. Love is the Evidence is available today, April 23.

The album was produced by industry veteran Seth Mosley (Hawk Nelson, Audio Adrenaline) and band   members Josh and Ben Calhoun wrote or co-wrote every track on the   release. Love is the Evidence includes their Top 5 Billboard Christian AC hit, “Should’ve Been Me” as well as their current single, “Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us). “Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)” is now impacting radio, earning airplay at K-Love, KLTY/Dallas, KSBJ/Houston, This Fish/Cleveland and Sirius/XM, among others. Among their glowing accolades, “Should’ve Been Me” made an impressive entrance as the highest charting debut single from a new artist released in 2012.
Thursday, April 25, the four-piece band will be the featured guest on Moody Radio’s nationally syndicated show, “Midday Connection” as they join show host Anita Lustrea in the studio to talk and perform songs from the new album. The program airs at Noon CST on MBN. Check your local listings or visit for more information.

Citizen Way encouraged fans to #UnlocktheEvidence this past month with exclusive download tracks and streams through media partners. Fans took to social media to share the music in anticipation for the debut release. Adding to their excitement, praises continue to pour in on Love is the Evidence:

“The opening songs are all among the best songs I’ve heard on any album in the past few years…this is the best new band I’ve heard since Tenth Avenue North.”– New Release Tuesday

“[Citizen Way] knows how to deliver a well written, spiritually stirring song. Altogether, here’s evidence that Citizen Way is a band worth watching.” –
“Rarely does a debut album show so much promise. Citizen Way are modern and relevant sounding, with stunning moments of brilliant inspiration.” – Louder Than The Music
“[Citizen Way] have already seen some radio time with ‘Should’ve Been Me,’ but I highly doubt it will be the last we hear of them on radio.” – Christian Music Zine
Citizen Way is currently on their first national tour with multi-award winning group Big Daddy Weave and MIKESCHAIR as part of ‘The Redeemed Tour.’
[Source: The Media Collective]

“Home Run” Knocks It Out of the Park on Opening Weekend


HOME RUN has a lot to celebrate following the April 19 nationwide major film debut from David Boyd (The Walking Dead, Friday Night Lights).  Opening in some 400 theaters across the country, the Samuel Goldwyn Films release, in association with Provident Films, was a hit with audiences and critics across the country, garnering last weekend’s second highest gross for new releases, following Tom Cruise’s OBLIVION.   With its honest portrayal of overcoming life’s difficulties, everyone from Major League Baseball players and key Christian leaders have rallied behind the film and its message, reminding everyone that with God, it’s never too late … freedom is possible.

As he did prior to the film’s release, Saddleback Church Pastor and award – winning author Rick Warren continued to tweet in support of the film last weekend, calling it a “Powerful story of personal recovery after hitting bottom. Very moving.”
Following endorsements from fellow MLB players including New York Yankees Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, R.A. Dickey, the 2012 Cy Young Award winning pitcher and Toronto Blue Jay, commented,  “I love the heart and the message of the new baseball movie HOME RUN: No matter what you’ve done or what you’ve endured, with Christ … freedom and redemption is possible. I am living proof.”
Upon the film’s opening, fans lit up the HOME RUN facebook page with glowing proclamations, while critics came out in support of the film as well, including:
Cory’s story invites all of us to consider how our own bad habits and selfishness might be influencing those closest to us (and) to remember how fantastic and inspiring is God’s grace.”
Focus on the Family’s Plugged-In
HOME RUN is the kind of faith-based film that is not only what we want but also what we need.”
A major league effort….there are so many things to like about HOME RUN.”
A powerful story of redemption….HOME RUN is a winner.”
CCM Magazine
“ ‘HOME RUN’ swings for the fences, and often connects.”
Critics Pick, Washington Post
[Source: The Media Collective]

sixstepsrecords’ Artists Score Three Billboard Music Award Nods


sixstepsrecords’ Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin have been honored with three Billboard Music Award nominations for the 2013 award show. The worship leaders are both nominated for the Top Christian Artist category. Additionally, Redman’s No. 1 award-winning anthem “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” is nominated for Top Christian Song. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 8/7c on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Matt Redman’s song “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” continues to impact listeners around the globe. Written by Redman along with songwriter Jonas Myrin, the RIAA Certified Digital Gold single made an impressive 16-week run at No. 1 on Christian Radio in 2012 and was honored with two GRAMMY® awards in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance categories earlier this year.

Acclaimed recording artist Chris Tomlin has already seen success with Billboard earlier this year with his album Burning Lights debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, only the fourth-time a Christian album has accomplished this feat. The success of Burning Lights was accompanied by an outpouring of acclaim from national media including The New York Times, USA Today and Billboard, among many others. In 2011, Tomlin picked up his first two Billboard Music Awards for Top Christian Song (“Our God”) and Top Christian Artist. Tomlin is currently selling out venues nationwide on his “Burning Lights Tour” feat. Kari Jobe and Louie Giglio (at select dates). For more information, please visit
[Source: The Media Collective]

Josh Wilson Offers Personal Struggles, Garners Raves on “Carry Me”


The brand new record from Josh Wilson, Carry Me (Sparrow Records), his fourth project with Sparrow Records, finds Wilson opening up his heart more than ever. Sharing about a very personal health issue dealing with anxiety and panic attacks, these new songs ultimately spread the message that through life’s difficult trials, it is only God who can carry us through it all. Released April 9th to much acclaim, numerous reviews and fan comments are pouring in, showing there’s no doubt that people love the music of this multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and storyteller.

With comments such as “rich with truth,” “authentic,” and “effortless,” the feedback and reviews have only been outstanding when it comes to talking about Carry Me. Upcoming interviews will soon be posted courtesy of AltRock Live, CCM, Breathecast, and more. Here are a few of the many reviews that have already posted:

Josh Wilson’s understated instrumentation and authentic storytelling prove there’s still a place in our Lady Gaga world for simple singer-songwriters. Not that there’s anything really “simple” about this music. It just seems effortless because Wilson is so good at what he does. And to think an issue with anxiety and panic attacks could have kept us from ever hearing these songs. Thankfully, Wilson found comfort in his faith, emerging on the other side with a collection that addresses the feelings and fears that sometimes get in the way of what we know to be true.” – Rhapsody

“…An engaging, thought-provoking, and ultimately uplifting collection of songs that should,

if there’s any justice in the world, go great lengths toward earning its talented creator an evening’s worth of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep.” – Jesus Freak Hideout

“These songs are so rich with truth and full of life and God’s grace….One of the best and well-rounded records I have heard in a long time.” – Worship Leader

“In a genre where many contemporary Christian music artists recycle hooks and regurgitate lines without any plagiaristic shame, Wilson knows how to pierce through boredom with his ingenuity.” – Breathecast

” Josh’s poignant song writing is coupled with musical excellence…This album is sure to connect with all listeners who like catchy songs filled with truth and yearning for God. Josh invites you into his life in such an authentic and relatable way, you’ll feel like you are a lifelong friend after you hear this album. – New Release Tuesday

In the midst of writing songs for Carry Me, Wilson began experiencing severe chest and shoulder pain as well as difficulty breathing, believing he was actually having a heart attack. Yet after numerous negative tests, he tried to get back to his normal life but soon began waking up frantic in the middle of the night, even canceling scheduled performances out of fear. Reconciling these unexpected emotions with his long held beliefs defines Wilson’s intentionally joyful and honestly raw new record. Carry Me was produced by Matt Bronleewe (Chris Tomlin).

“Philippians 4 says, ‘Do not be anxious about anything . . . the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus,’” Wilson shares. “I prayed for that and each day would say, ‘God, I can’t make it without you. I need you to carry me.’ And He did, and He still does. He carried me through each day even before I experienced the anxiety, but I just didn’t realize it. It took these difficult moments for me to realize how much I need Jesus.”

To support the new album, Josh Wilson is currently touring with Third Day and Colton Dixon on The Miracle Tour through the spring. In the coming weeks the tour is hitting the midwest. For the most recent tour schedule and to connect with Wilson, please visit:

[Source: Merge PR]

City Harmonic Snag a JUNO Award

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Internationally acclaimed band, The City Harmonic, adds to its list of accolades with its widely acclaimed and first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home),garnering the band its first JUNO Award from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) for “Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year.” The 42ndAnnual JUNO Awards, hosted by Michael Bublé, aired on Canada’s most watched television network, CTV, Sunday, April 21.

Continuing to resonate en masse as listeners instinctively join the chorus while the band’s music dynamically bounces from sparse intimacy to soaring celebration and back again, The City Harmonic is currently in the middle of its spring “I Have A Dream”headline tour. Not as interested in finding fans as they are looking for participants in the journey, the tour is billed as an immersive worship experience. With full production alongside the band’s already engaging live performances, the tour also includes special guest artists The Digital Age, Remedy Drive, 33 Miles and Eric Brandon. The upcoming tour dates include:

25-Apr St Louis, MO * Tickets
26-Apr Lake Zurich, IL * Tickets
28-Apr Cokato, MN *
3-May Pikeville, KY **
4-May Lexington, NC ** Tickets
5-May Greenville, SC ** Tickets
10-May Overland Park, KS ** Tickets
11-May Tyler, TX ** Tickets
12-May Waco, TX ** Tickets
18-May Southfield, MI ** Tickets

* With Remedy Drive, 33 Miles and Eric Brandon

** With The Digital Age, Remedy Drive, 33Miles and Eric Brandon

The City Harmonic’s JUNO Award follows a Gospel Music Association (GMA) New Artist of the Year Dove Award nomination, the band’s fourth GMA Canada Covenant Award received last fall and over 2,450,000 YouTube channel views. I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), labeled “fabulous,” “infectious,” “exciting,” “spectacular,” “worshipful,” “captivating,” “creative,” “brilliant” and more by the critics, also sparked the hit singles and videos, “Manifesto,” “Mountaintop,” “Holy (Wedding Day)” and the award winning title track. The band’s “Manifesto”hassold well over 100,000 copies, marking the only song from a new artist in 2011 to break into the top 10 of the SoundScan Top Current digital singles sales chart.

The City Harmonic, who wrapped a 65-city tour with Newsboys last spring, made appearances on main stages across the US in front of tens of thousands during the 2012 summer festival season, and led its first headline US tour last fall, are about “getting people in on the act—hearts pounding and feet moving.” Forming a little over two years ago, the band went from anonymity to widespread acclaim, headlining tours across North America and gathering numerous awards along the way.

All the latest details on the band and its touring can be found at:

[Source: Hoganson Media Relations]



Review: Iron & Wine – Ghost on Ghost

Iron and Wine - Ghost On GhostSuccess can be a hindrance for a creative person. Once you start to become popular it can be tempting to just repeat the same formula over and over. You can write the same songs, release the same album, until people just get sick of you. This, however, doesn’t bring any lasting popularity and the fanbase soon realizes that isn’t what they wanted in the first place. Sam Beam, the creative force behind and only member of Iron & Wine, doesn’t have this problem.