Date: Jan. 25
Price: $10 General Admission, $5 with GCU Student ID
Reality hit Jimmy Needham pretty hard as he started work on his fifth studio project Clear The Stage. This record could potentially turn out a disaster. Even with iconic producer/songwriter Ed Cash stepping on board to lend his award-winning expertise behind the soundboard, Jimmy's task at hand was overwhelming at best.
"I felt so inadequate going into the studio to make this album," Jimmy reflects. "Not all of the songs were written yet, I was working with a new producer, and on top of all that, I had just become a father. Nothing has proven to demonstrate my inadequacy like fatherhood and leading a family. I remember praying, ‘If I ever needed grace, God, it's now.'"
That initial prayer resulted in the vulnerable, anthemic lead single to Jimmy's most personal record to date.
"The fact that ‘If I Ever Needed Grace' came at the eleventh hour, when it seemed like I had nothing-and resulted in one of the most powerful songs I've ever written-is such a testament of God's grace," Jimmy says. "It was awesome to take steps of faith and lean on God throughout this record, and to see Him come through in big ways over and over again."
Never one to shy away from pouring his heart into lyrics, as past radio hit singles like "Dearly Loved," "Hurricane," and "Forgiven & Loved" can attest, Jimmy's declaration that Clear The Stage is his most personal and honest effort of his seven-year career to date is bold, remarkable, and at least, intriguing.