Today GRAMMY-nominated and renowned worship leader Kari Jobe releases her third studio album, The Garden. In celebration of the release of her new album, Jobe debuted an acoustic video this week for the title track. See below for this video along with the previously released acoustic video for “Heal Our Land.” Today’s release follows Jobe’s 2014’s critically-acclaimed live recording, Majestic—which won a GMA Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year and produced the recently RIAA Gold Certified single “Forever.”
The new album is rooted in a series of personal transition and remarkable grief for the singer and her family. In the past two years, Jobe married her husband Cody Carnes and moved from her hometown of Dallas, Texas, to Nashville, where the couple bought their first home and had a baby. With due dates three months apart, Jobe and her sister, Kris, were excited to be pregnant at the same time. Yet, in the midst of happy life changes, heartbreak struck. Seven-and-a-half months into her pregnancy, Kris gave birth to a stillborn daughter, James Ivy. Jobe, four months pregnant with her son at the time, was devastated.
While the birth of her son was undoubtedly a milestone to celebrate, her sister’s loss weighed heavy on her heart. As Jobe held Canyon in her arms, she stood looking out the kitchen window of her new home. And there in her backyard, she glimpsed the first signs of spring. That day, Jobe made her way through the garden—a stark reminder of God’s faithfulness in all circumstances. Looking up, interwoven in the archway, she couldn’t help but smile as she saw what only God could produce: thick, green ivy lacing its way overhead, immediately reminding her of her niece’s namesake.
The experience yielded the title track for Jobe’s new album and fresh healing for her soul. “Those seeds were planted years ago for it to be the way that it was that day for me, because it wasn’t just last year that they planted all this beautiful ivy. That took years,” she observes. “Something in my spirit started to rustle. Life was coming back. What felt dead in my heart was starting to wake up. It was like I’d been in this place of being numb in my walk with the Lord, but something just started blooming in my heart.”
Supporting this album, Jobe will be headlining her The Garden Tour with special guests Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Leeland and Jonathan David & Melissa Helser beginning February 19, 2017 with a hometown show in Nashville through April 9. See the tour dates and respective opening acts here.
“The Garden is accessible and musically forward where song after song the Spirit is heavily present and the power of Christ to be the change that recovers the world is the foundation. This is the gospel, and it is musically rich coming together as sacred art. One of the best worship albums of 2017 has already been released: Kari Jobe’s The Garden.” – Worship Leader Magazine, 5 star review (January/February 2017 issue)
Source: Merge PR
Buy The Garden on iTunes here
ABOUT KARI JOBE: For more than 15 years, well-respected worship leader Kari Jobe has been using her gifts to lead people into the presence of God. When she began leading worship at age 13, she never imagined she would be nominated for a GRAMMY®, win multiple Dove Awards or be praised by the New York Times. After being established as a well-respected worship leader with her Dove Award-winning, self-titled debut, Kari Jobe released her follow-up album, Where I Find You, which earned Jobe her first GRAMMY nomination. She released her first live recorded album – Majestic – in 2014 that debuted at No. 1 on three Billboard charts including the Christian Contemporary Album, Praise & Worship and Christian Digital Album charts. Majestic also debuted at No. 4 on the Overall Digital Album chart and earned Jobe her second Billboard Top 200 Top 15 debut at No. 12. The live album also received the GMA Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 2014 and produced the RIAA Gold Certified single “Forever.”
She has sold more than 1 million albums (TEA) in her career and has 173 million career streams. Jobe is the most followed female CCM artist on social media with a social following of over 3.5 million.