Arden, North CarolinaÂ â€” For decades, The Inspirations have served God, using their music to minister and spread the gospel. Though the Biblical messages stay the same, the stories never get old for those who hear them and are uplifted by Godâ€™s promises. On their latest album, Ever Old, Ever New, The Inspirations once again tell that good news with their signature sound. The album, now available for pre-order, will be released April 10 on Horizon Records.
Inspiring the albumâ€™s title, the first single â€œForever Settledâ€ captures that theme of Godâ€™s truth never changing. Featuring Roland Kesterson on the verses, the song then breaks into a true traditional quartet style, with Marlin Shubert stepping out on the bass vocal.
The Inspirations sing about keeping the Church traditions alive on â€œ1945â€ and â€œI Like The Songs That Mama Sang The Best.â€ A reminder of a simpler time, â€œ1945â€ features Archie Watkins singing about keeping the tenets of church alive, and not losing the power of services. â€œI Like The Songs That Mama Sang The Best,â€ a remake of an Inspirations classic, takes listeners back in time with vivid memories of hymns that have become traditional in church.
On Ever Old, Ever New, The Inspirations also explore how to live a faithful life that will get us to heaven. â€œShow Them Love,â€ written by Sandy Knight and producer Jeff Collins, explains that the best way to answer the call to share the gospel is to act in the image of Jesus and love everyone you meet. The upbeat â€œEnter Inâ€ features a country sound and Wyatt Austin on bass vocals. After living a faithful life, Jesus will welcome you as you enter into heaven. â€œThen Whatâ€ caught Watkinsâ€™ ear because of how it tells lifeâ€™s story. People plan and work hard throughout life, but rarely do they give life after this one much thought, even though it is inevitable.
The only instrumental on the album, the classic â€œIâ€™ll Fly Awayâ€ features Luke Vaught playing guitars, keyboards, pedal steel, upright bass, mandolin, dobro and fiddle.
Other songs include â€œHe Turned When I Touched Himâ€ about reaching out to God to be made whole; â€œHome Is Sounding Sweeter,â€ written and sung by Kesterson; â€œKnowing Youâ€™re Thereâ€ a reminder to thank God for blessings featuring Eddie Deitz; and â€œOn The Right Side,â€ which closes the album with the crucifixion story and finding salvation through Christ.
While keeping their signature style, The Inspirations have crafted a collection of songs that speak powerfully to those who hear them. Ever Old, Ever New reaffirms The Inspirationsâ€™ place as one of Southern Gospelâ€™s most beloved groups.
Pre-order Ever Old, Ever New HERE.