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Brandon Heath        

Christian Singer-Songwriter

A great song can carry us to another place and a well-crafted album can introduce us to a whole new world. Welcome to "Blue Mountain." With his latest collection, Brandon Heath opens the door to an intriguing locale, populated by saints and sinners, perpetually overflowing with powerful truths and soul-shaking observations on life and humanity.

There could be no better tour guide through "Blue Mountain" than Heath, one of Christian music’s most beloved and respected artists and songwriters. A two-time GMA Male Vocalist and five-time GRAMMY nominee, Heath has delivered some of Christian music’s most thought-provoking anthems, including the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year, “Give Me Your Eyes” and “Your Love,” which topped the charts for an amazing eight weeks. A Nashville native, Heath began writing songs in his teens and gained a national audience with the release of his 2006 Reunion Records debut album, "Don’t Get Comfortable." His warm, expressive voice and intuitive songwriting have earned him an enthusiastic fan base and the respect of his peers.

He follows his chart-topping 2011 album "Leaving Eden" with the vibrant landscape of "Blue Mountain," his fourth studio record. The album is filled with the type of signature story songs that have made Heath an influential voice of his generation, yet sonically he fuses his engaging pop template with the rootsy sounds of his childhood.

Most of all, Heath has always been fascinated by people and it’s his penchant for exploring human foibles, triumphs and challenges that provides the foundation for Blue Mountain. “I wanted to get out of myself a little bit on this one,” he says with a grin. “I like to write story songs and I like characters. I wanted to create some characters, but I needed a framework. In a conversation with my friend Al Andrews, who I always get a lot of song ideas from, he commented that he had read somewhere that some people can be like Blue Mountains. In the distance, they are mysterious and majestic and you can’t touch them, but when you get up close to them, you realize they are just brown and green. They aren’t blue at all. For some reason, that got my mind going. So, I started writing songs about different characters -- the coal miner, the farmer, the guy who is on death row.”

Yet, even as he was indulging his imagination and creating a vibrant cast of characters, Brandon had an epiphany. “I realized that while I was writing this record about other characters, really it’s about me,” he says.

Heath tips his hat to Bob Goff, founder and CEO of Restore International, a non-profit organization addressing the injustices committed against children. “Love Does” yields a warm, engaging melody and compelling lyric that encourages believers to make a difference.

The first single from Blue Mountain is “Jesus in Disguise.” “Jesus isn’t always in the obvious,” Heath notes. “But from busy city streets to the rural roads of ‘Blue Mountain,’ Jesus is always there to be found. You just have to know what to look for and be willing to look for it. It’s been a burden; it’s still a burden for God to open my eyes, so much so that I’m still writing about it after all these years.”

In recording "Blue Mountain," Heath collaborated with some of his favorite Nashville songwriters, including Lee Thomas Miller, Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Deana Carter. Once he crafted the songs, he hit the studio with producer Dan Muckala. The album was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in picturesque Asheville, N.C.

Forgiveness, servanthood and the power of grace are topics that have been woven throughout Heath’s musical repertoire, but never have they seemed to coalesce into a more potent musical offering than on "
Blue Mountain." “I want people to feel loved and comforted because that’s what I feel I can offer through the songs on this record,” he says. “I hope listeners will take a journey with me; that they’ll step out of their lives for a moment to explore 'Blue Mountain' and its characters. My hope is that they’ll find themselves there.”

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