Date: April 4
Time: 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Price: Free with GCU Student ID
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I want it like it was back then, I want to be in Eden.
In some ways, the seed that eventually grew into Phil Wickham's third studio album, Heaven and Earth, was planted while reading Donald Miller's Searching For God Knows What. There is a chapter in the book that explores the idea of how all humans have a longing for the way things once were, in the beginning. A longing to be in the relationship we were created to be a part of with the Creator. Wickham's thought was this: how hard it must have been for Adam and Eve to work and struggle through life with the memory of Paradise in their hearts. The longing they had to be back face to face with their God has never left the heart of humanity.
When the first light brightened the dark,
Wickham chooses these words to poignantly and poetically set up "Eden," the album's first track. From there the listener is invited into the story of the ethereal and the eternal. From "Eden" to the album's last track, the simple and soaring "Heaven Song."
Heaven and Earth introduces us to an artist that has not only grown in his songwriting, but who has also truly found his voice. While significant strides were made from an artistic standpoint by Wickham between his debut album and the critically acclaimed follow-up Cannons, there is a confidence in the recording that comes only with maturity and the living of life. You have never heard Wickham's voice stronger or bolder in the singing of his always artful lyrics and this is a good thing, because as he would tell you - for the first time Wickham feels that he has a story to tell. From start to finish this album, all nine months of recording, is meant as a reminder to the Church for what and who we are created for.