NEW RELEASE FROM SUMERLIN "RUNAWAYS (DELUXE EDITION)" by Dream Records on 2015-01-16 11:17:22
In the wake of swarming bands fighting for a musical footprint in a scene flooded with genres that mimic one another – DREAM Records recording artists, Sumerlin, stands apart by blending the importance in being both culturally relevant and spiritually significant.
Sumerlin’s successful EP Motives included rock standout tracks ‘The Fallback’ and ‘Just a Dream’ which collectively spent nearly 40 weeks on the Billboard Chart in 2012. Sumerlin’s debut into the radio charts was with ‘Just a Dream’ gaining top 15 success. ‘The Fallback’ followed up and landed Sumerlin several weeks in the top 5. Sumerlin’s full-length debut, Runaways, on DREAM Records/Capitol Christian has seen much success. Sumerlin’s lead single, ‘Breaking Out,’ achieved #1 on the BDS/Billboard Christian Rock chart and their follow up single ‘Heartbeat’ was also top 10. 2015 marks the release of Runaways Deluxe Edition on Dream Records and includes 5 all new tracks and an acoustic version of their hit, ‘Breaking Out’
Sumerlin describes Runaways as “a record about knowing what you're running from and what you're running towards. The songs are all about how you can sink so deep into something that it completely consumes you. The only way out is to run. Run away from what holds you back and breaks you. Run towards what rebuilds and renews you. These songs speak from our own hearts, our own personal experiences as well as experiences we've seen in the lives of friends and family. Running away is not always an act of rebellion - if you put God on the side you're running towards - it is by no means a cowardly or rebellious act. Our mission is to be relative and relatable to all of our listeners. You're better than what holds you back. We are the RUNAWAYS."
Sumerlin's passion for music has always been at the forefront of what they do. Hailing from Wilmington, NC, the band has extensively toured over the last few years and is gearing up for another busy year supporting Runaways.
Runaways was produced and mixed by John Harrell (Sent By Ravens, Divided By Friday, Set It Off) and mastered by Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Anberlin, POD). The songs on Runaways are polished and bold with driving guitars, meaningful, hope-filled lyrics and infectious melodies. Runaways provides fans with the same power as their previous releases with added depth that is evident in such tracks as ‘You Always Were.’
Front man Dan DiGiovanni explains “this song is just different from the rest of the record; it is pure worship for me. ‘You Always Were’ was spontaneous, free-styled worship when we were in the studio. The concept is so simple, through all of the junk that happens in life, God always loves and always wins.”
The depth of Runaways continues on both of the lead singles ’Voices’ and ’Breaking Out.’ “Suicide prevention and awareness has always been a huge part of my personal ministry,” DiGiovanni continues, “I have been personally impacted by this with someone very close to me and ‘Voices’ was written to be an anthem to speaking out and letting people know that their voice can be heard and that there is always love.”
“’Breaking Out’ is about being consumed by fleshly desires and allowing God to break us out of that cell and to live for him. Through Him, we can break free from our desires to truly be alive in Him.” DiGiovanni continues, “Runaways is my heart on a platter, and I really want to have people to feel the emotion that we felt when pouring into these songs.”
‘Sumerlin – Runaways’ is now available through DREAM Records and Capitol Christian Distribution. ‘Sumerlin – Runaways Deluxe Edition’ hits stores on February 17, 2015.
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