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Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) - Episode 530 - Justin Gambino
“Made New,” the second full-length studio recording from acclaimed singer/songwriter Justin Gambino, released on Aug. 25. Tracing his prodigal years and the abounding grace and mercy Gambino embraced when he finally returned to the father, “Made New” was produced by Nashville-based session player and producer Walter Halliwell.
An autobiographical collection of emotive pop anthems and vulnerable ballads, “Made New” features 13 selections all written or co-penned by Gambino. Lead single “Fighting On My Behalf,” a percolating, synth-infused pop track available now, is Gambino’s personal testimony to God’s steadfast love and care.
“As an artist who desires to reach and encourage people in their own journey, it can be quite exhausting out on the road,” he said of the inspiration behind “Fighting On My Behalf.” “Touring will always come with opposition and setbacks, but it's so important to press on and remember who goes before me. Exodus 14:14 says, ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ At a time in my life when I was facing schedule changes, canceled events and the loss of income, I needed to remind myself to be still and take heart that God was fighting for me.”
Additional highlights of “Made New” include “Mercy,” a modern psalm of gratitude available Aug. 11 upon preorder of the album; the poignant “A Father’s Heart,” a simple plea for God’s revelation amidst struggle and unbelief; “Bring Me Home,” the encapsulation of Gambino’s prodigal journey; and the album’s buoyant folk-rock opener, “Courage.”
“ ‘Courage' was inspired by all the people who have encouraged me on this journey, and I hope it encourages them in return,” Gambino shared. “The only way I can continue each day is to look to the one who breathes his very breath into my lungs. He keeps me from letting go or losing hope. My prayer for this song is that it will be an anthem for those who need that reminder, as well.”
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