"100 Songs In A Year" to 10 Track Album
SOUTHVILLE is set to release their debut album on 6th October, titled "Freedom's Tree." Teaming up with Elim Sound Publishing, the Yeovil based worship collective album features selections from 100 songs written in 2016. Pulling from a writing pool of over 20 churches, these 100 songs promise to create a unique project, composed by the church, for the church. The album also promises a fresh sound, balancing acoustic instruments with a blend of Pop/R&B/Gospel sounds.
"The whole dream starting in a coffee shop at the start of 2016. What if we could engage our entire church congregation in songwriting? What if we could encourage creativity throughout our whole church family - not just within the worship team? It all stemmed from there. We planned in songwriting retreats that were open to anybody, and then built in Sunday night services called 'Southville Sounds' where we would lead 8 new songs each time and invite feedback and questions from the wider congregation. We would even give out literal feedback sheets to gain as much insight as we could into what was working and what wasn't resulting in changes to the songs throughout the album. This was an incredible time of growth for us, and we certainly learnt to take criticism a lot better right from the start! A big memory for me was the Southville Sounds night where we first played the album title track - Freedom's Tree. One of the questions on the feedback form was 'which song was your favourite'? This particular night every sheet came back stating Freedom's Tree as number one - it was at that point that we really realised there was something special about this song."
SOUTHVILLE plans to use these songs of truth to unite churches in singing, and inspire and encourage a similar creative spirit as they go on tour across the United Kingdom over the next year.
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