Multi-talented singer, songwriter and author Jeff Slaughter celebrates the release today of his highly-anticipated new CD,
In the days leading up to the CD's release, Slaughter has been touring and doing numerous media interviews, including Campus Crusade For Christ, where he taped radio interviews and toured the ministry's Orlando, Fla., headquarters last week. On Friday, Slaughter appeared as a guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network's Praise The Lord, along with Michael W. Smith, Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, Fox News' Kelly Wright and host Jason Crabb. The show re-aired yesterday.
As a talented songsmith, Slaughter has penned such hit songs as Point of Grace's chart-topper "One More Broken Heart," and as a formidable sideman he has shared the stage withmultiple music superstars, including Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Suzy Bogguss. Experts estimate approximately 46 million children havesung the songs Slaughter composed for LifeWay Christian Resources and Brentwood-Benson Music Publications' Vacation Bible School programs. Now the singer/songwriter is taking center stage with the release of his latest CD, Under God.
The 14-track project kicks off with the sparkling song, "By Faith," a pure pop anthem that haslisteners fist-pumping to its infectious, joy-filled declarations--"By Faith, I pray / By Faith, I praise / By Faith, I obey and walk in God's ways!" As hard as it is to imagine, Slaughter penned those words while sitting next to his mother's hospital bed, after her doctors discovered a massive tumor. His mother had perhaps three months to live.
"Of all the projects I've done through the years, I've spent more time on and poured more of myself into this one than any before! I am so excited to finally get to share it!" Slaughter recalls. "What a blessing to get to work on it with two of my most favorite people (and producers) in the world, Preston and Spencer Dalton! Hope you enjoy!"
"Jeff Slaughter is one of the most passionate songwriters I've worked with in 18 years of publishing," says Johnathan Crumpton, vice president, Brentwood-Benson Music Publications. "You know he is going to pray carefully over the song and then give it 110 percent effort. His love for God...(is) evident in the way he lives, the way he talks and the way he writes."
That passion is evident whether Slaughter is belting out a potent, vertical worship anthem like "This Is Why," pumping up the volume with a driving, guitar-driven, barn-burner like "In Your Power," or pulling back for an intimate, contemplative piano ballad like "One" and "The Word." "I'll hide The Word inside my heart / So I will not sin against God / No matter what I see or hear in this world, I will stand on The Word," he sings, and you know it's as much a prayer as a song.
Slaughter continues the theme of reverence for the Word of God with his bold declaration songs, "It's All True," "If God" and "God Cares." The album's title track, "Under God," is a patriotic single extolling the Christian values on which the United States was founded. Slaughter co-wrote the song with the project's producers, brothers Preston Dalton and Spencer Dalton, as an encouragement to the American church, encouraging believers to pray for our country.
"'Under God' was written as a battle cry to remind Americans where we came from," Slaughter says. "To try and erase God from our pledge, our money and our history would destroy the foundation our forefathers fought so passionately to establish for us."
While Slaughter's lyrical focus remains fixed on themes of praise, worship and thanksgiving, he doesn't shy away from employing a vast array of musical styles to get his message across. The funk-inspired "Thanks In Everything," the punk-rock inflected "I Can't Wait" and the moody and atmospheric "Rush to Rest" demonstrate just how broad the popular tunesmith's talent ranges. He even throws in a fun, kids-oriented hip-hop number called "Humpty Dumpty" to engage the VBS crowd before closing the project with "Like Jesus," a contemplative, piano-driven, 11 1/2 minute musical meditation on the unmatchable nature of Christ.
For more information about Slaughter, Under God and It's All True, The CD is distributed through Elevate Entertainment.