Arden, North Carolina (July 2, 2021) â€”Â Following the somber yet inspirational mountain sounds of â€œLike A Songbird That Has Fallen,â€ the first single from his upcoming roots-centered follow-up to the GRAMMY-nominated Beautiful Day, Christian singer-songwriter Mark Bishop returns with â€œAcross The River,â€ a self-penned reflection on the promise of eternal life that leans more deeply into the projectâ€™s Celtic side.
Co-produced by Jeff Collins and backed by a group of musicians that includes multi-instrumentalist Jeff Taylor (accordion, penny whistle, bones), fiddler Andy Leftwich, percussionist Tony Creasman, legendary studio guitarist David Johnson and bassist and co-producer Mark Fain â€” with, like â€œSongbird,â€ Endless Highwayâ€™s Ally Griggs contributing a harmony vocal â€” Bishop delivers a crisp, heartfelt vocal that places his mastery of an Irish-flavored musical lilt in the service of an essential Christian vision: the heaven that believers know awaits â€œAcross The River.â€Â As the song unfolds, its intricate melodies are taken up by one instrument after another before, in a counter-intuitive yet just-right move, they fade away and Bishopâ€™s voice moves front and center, unaccompanied, to reveal the lyricâ€™s ultimate message.
â€œGospel songs bring hope,â€ he observes.Â â€œMaybe our generation hasnâ€™t had to deal with wars and forging a life in the wilderness like generations past, but today we have all new stresses and anxieties never before dreamed of. And, too, all of us in this life face death and loss. That never changes. I think thatâ€™s why Gospel songs that speak about heaven and a â€˜better world to comeâ€™ will always resonate. â€˜Across The Riverâ€™ sings about Godâ€™s promises of no more tears, no more heartache, and joyful reunions some day. Thatâ€™s a message that means as much today as it did a thousand years ago.”
Listen to “Across The River” HERE.