On May 11, rapper, writer, preacher, and poet Jackie Hill Perry is releasing her sophomore album Crescendo. The new offering is a 14-track collection of what Perry calls "musical art" that serves to reveal a journey that she has taken personally, spiritually, and artistically.
Featuring a rich tapestry of sounds, beats, and words composed by Perry, Crescendo centers on the personal sense of brokenness she has decided to entrust to God's care.
"A crescendo should be lowered at some point to grow," explains Perry. "It needs to include a place of lament. The truth of the Christian walk is weakness: It's riddled with suffering. I wanted an album that would carry the idea that how, when you grow in faith in Christ, your life gets louder. I wanted to make that connection: Our lives should be a constant crescendo. We should be growing in love for God and our neighbor. This is really a story about what it's like to grow."
The new album features a variety of tracks, including the lead single, "Fall Away," the courageous anthem "Woman," and the vulnerable "Mustard Seed." On "No Ways Tired," Perry takes her cue from the gospel classic "I Don't Feel No Ways Tired," by the Rev. James Cleveland, while "Lamentations" originated in one of the lowest parts of Perry's life, and features Latifah Alattas of Page CXVI.
Reflecting on how she has grown and changed since her first album, Perry says, "There's a big difference when you write a record as a 24-year-old as opposed to a 28-year-old. I approach melody, content and rapping differently. I've been five years married now. I have a toddler. I'm in a different season and grateful that it took so long because it allowed me time to mature as a woman first."
Crescendo will be released to Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon and is currently available for pre-order. Find out more about Perry and her upcoming projects and music on her official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Crescendo track listing:
3. No Ways Tired
4. Fall Away
6. Thy Neighbor
8. Mustard Seed
9. From Heaven