Jason Gray’s new album “Where The Light Gets In” was released on June 17, 2016.
One of Christian music’s premiere singer/songwriters, Jason Gray, is scheduled to release his new studio album, Where The Light Gets In, June 17th. Gray worked with nine high-profile producers on the project, including Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher), Ben Glover (MercyMe, for KING & COUNTRY) and Colby Wedgeworth (Jordan Feliz, Lincoln Brewster). Where The Light Gets In features 12 new songs plus his Top 15 single from 2015, “Glow In The Dark.” The first single, “Sparrows,” is going for adds at radio on April 1st and already has airplay at two key outlets, K-LOVE and WFRN/South Bend, IN. The full album presents a more hope-centered message than Gray’s last three albums and shows God’s redemptive presence even in the midst of difficulties.
“My last album was all about grief,” says Gray, “and so I wanted to make a statement right at the beginning of this record that it’s about hope and that it’s got some fun in it too. So I put the pop song ‘Learning’ at the beginning of the record. I’m usually annoyed by empowerment anthems, which this song is, because I think they can be self-focused and ignore a lot of reality. But in this case I thought, ‘I want to tweak the genre to create an empowerment anthem that’s based, not on my own power, but on a real confidence in the grace of God.'”
The record’s title track, “The Wound is Where the Light Gets In,” was co-written with Jars of Clay frontman Dan Haseltine, who is also featured on the song. The tune is a message about suffering and how that can develop into hope even when the worst things happen. Gray has definitely been dealing with devastating issues over the last couple of years that include his stepfather battling cancer, while he and Gray’s mom almost lost their home to high medical bills. This followed the 2014 breakup of his marriage and the balancing act of becoming a single dad, while remaining an active touring artist, and providing a stable home for his three sons.
“The subversive irony of the gospel is that if you’ve gone through depression or divorce or loss or failure or a sickness, you are uniquely equipped to be able to bring mercy to other people going through those same things,” explains Gray. “It removes judgment from your life. It removes self-righteousness or misguided opinions. That’s what Where the Light Gets In is about. Don’t be anxious about the worst thing that happens to you. The message of the resurrection gives hope that even the worst will produce something beautiful in us, and will ultimately help make us who we most want to be.”