NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€”Powerhouse vocalists each in their own right, Dove Award-winning Gospel singer/songwriter Lynda Randle and Kimberly Schlapman, a founding member of GRAMMYÂ®, Emmy, ACM, CMA and AMA Award-winning country supergroup Little Big Town, have joined forces for the first time to deliver a soulfully-impassioned new rendition of the beloved American spiritual â€œGive Me Jesus.â€
Available now from Gaither Music Group, distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group and Universal Music, the song was produced by GRAMMYÂ®-nominated, multi-Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan and is the second single from Randleâ€™s forthcoming studio set, Pilgrim Journey. Among the highly anticipated albumâ€™s seminal tracks, â€œGive Me Jesusâ€ encapsulates one of Randleâ€™s principal missions, to encourage unity and reconciliation while extending the Hope of Christ to all people.
â€œAs my sister in Christ, Kimberly was such a wonderful addition to this song and a beautiful visual of how the Lord brings people together,â€ Randle shares of the collaboration. â€œHer heart is to love her neighbor as herself and to be a bridge-builder. I share that passion, and itâ€™s something we both know only Jesus can do. He is the One who will span the great divide and bring our world together. Itâ€™s time to heal, and I hope this song can bring us all a little closer to that.â€
â€œThe message of ‘Give Me Jesus’ is so important to me,â€ Randle continues. â€œEven though the world seems to have a lot to offer and there are so many things vying for our attention, at the end of the day, Jesus is the answer. Growing up, my parents didnâ€™t have a lot of material things to give us, but they did give us Jesus. His love has carried me through my life, and it will carry me through until the day I see Him face to face.â€
Releasing February 11, Pilgrim Journey marries Gospel, soul, blues and Americana soundscapes with Randleâ€™s signature warm, rich vocals on new arrangements of popular Inspirational classics and spirituals, as well as original selections. Alongside â€œGive Me Jesus,â€ highlights of the album include â€œI Want Jesus To Walk With Me,â€ a duet with GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Tommy Sims (Eric Clapton, Sting); the debut single â€œPlenty Good Room,â€ which has landed on Spotifyâ€™s New Music Friday Christian and Healin Blues playlists, among others; and the stirring â€œMotherless Child Medley,â€ a fan-favorite from Randleâ€™s repertoire.