NASHVILLE, TENN.Â â€”Guy Penrod, who gained worldwide acclaim during his 14 years with the GrammyÂ® and DoveÂ® Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, has launched a solo career with the release of Breathe Deep on Gaither Music Group/Servant Records.
Produced by Brent Rowan (Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton), Breathe Deep is a decidedly country album comprised of 13 songs that extol the virtues of faith and family. Top Nashville songwriters including Billy Montana, Neal Coty, Don Poythress and Mike Mobley contribute what Penrod describes as â€œstory songs with a Biblical world view.â€ Breathe Deep debuted at #2 on Nielsen SoundScanâ€™s Christian/Gospel-Christian retail chart for the week ending February 28.
â€œA country song has the ability to tell a story with the potential for the positive,â€ says Penrod.Â â€œThe song can become modern-day parable on how to live life.â€Â Happily married for 25 years, with eight children ranging in age from 4 to 18, Penrod is passionate about sharing these parables set to music–songs that express the values by which he lives his life.
Penrod recently completed a country radio tour in support of the debut single, â€œAre You The One,â€ written by Tammy Hyler and Shaye Smith, which had an official add date of March 29.Â Â The song is about parents taking responsibility to teach their children and be an example for them, rather than leaving it to outside influences.Â Of the more than 80 stations currently playing the single, WKML in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is an early supporter:
“No brainer…Great song with a great message from an artist our audience already knows & loves.” DeanO, PD – Â WKML Fayetteville, NC
â€œEven When We Doâ€ is about the beauty of growing old with your mate, â€œEvery Saintâ€ is about forgiveness and redemption,â€ while â€œThe World Goes â€˜Roundâ€ is about the circle of life.Â â€œYoung Enough to Know Betterâ€ speaks of the consequences of oneâ€™s decisions, and â€œPray About Everythingâ€ is an uptempo reminder to do as the title suggests.Â â€œBreathe Deepâ€ and â€œNothinâ€™ More Beautiful Than Thatâ€ appreciate the simple pleasure of life. â€œMore Power To Ya,â€ â€œThe Maker of Them Allâ€ and â€œThe Broken Onesâ€ are full of hope and encouragement, â€œThe People That Matterâ€ is about true friendship, and â€œKnowing What I Know About Heavenâ€ is about letting go of a loved one.
Penrodâ€™s Breathe Deep Tour launched March 25 with two sell-out performances in Akron, Ohio. Featuring Penrod and his band, the tour will travel to 18 cities, including Omaha, Tulsa and Virginia Beach, before wrapping up on May 30 in Orlando. Â The tour features special guest Austins Bridge.
During his 14 years with Gaither Vocal Band, Penrod performed before more than five million people on Bill & Gloria Gaitherâ€™s Homecoming Tours and was featured on Gaither television specials airing on multiple networks. The Gaither Vocal Band sold more than one million CDs and DVDs while Penrod was a member. Prior to joining the Vocal Band, Penrod was a highly sought-after studio singer in Nashville and appeared for three years on TNNâ€™s popular Music City Tonight as a vocalist in the house band.