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Third Day - Miracle

Thereís no denying the power of music to impact lives. During nearly two decades in the spotlight, the members of Third Day have seen that truth become evident over and over again and they testify to that power on their latest album Miracle. Faith, passion and rock ën roll swagger coalesce on the bandís 12th album, a simmering brew of potent rock anthems infused with the substantive, life-affirming lyrics that have always been the bedrock of the bandís music.

Produced by rock legend Brendan OíBrien, well known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Train and the Killers, Miracle finds the band exploring new sonic territory. ìTo have something new to say and to say it in a different way is really exciting,î says lead vocalist Mac Powell. ìItís reinvigorated us as a band.î

Miracle becomes the latest collection in a long, impressive body of work that has earned Third Day four GRAMMYs (11 total nominations) 24 GMA Dove Awards (42 total nominations) one RIAA Platinum album, seven RIAA Gold albums, two RIAA Gold Longform videos and one RIAA Platinum Longform video. Over the years, the Georgia-based bandís music has provided a vibrant soundtrack in the lives of this generation of believers. ìShow Me Your Glory,î ìI Believe,î ìCry Out to Jesus,î ìMountain of God,î ìCall My Name,î ìBorn Againî and ìTrust in Jesusî are just a handful of the Third Day hits that inspired and uplifted audiences around the world.

In preparing to record Third Dayís new album, Powell, bassist Tai Anderson, drummer David Carr and guitarist Mark Lee knew they wanted to try something a little different and OíBrien was at the top of the list of producers they wanted to take with them on the journey.

ìThey came to me and said, ëWeíre looking to make music that appeals to our fans and our spiritual side, but we want to break out a little bit and invite everyone in,î OíBrien says. ìWhen I hear this music...itís very inviting. It brings people in. Itís saying, ëCome along and hear what we have to say.í It really moves me. I really appreciate the hard work these guys have done. I think the song ëYou Are My Everythingí might be one of the best songs I have ever worked on. Iím super proud of it.î

That is high praise from the man who has produced some of the most iconic rock albums of all time, and itís testament to the talent and work ethic that have placed Third Day among the most consistent hitmakers in any genre of music. Years of success, however, have not bred complacency and the band entered the studio with a desire to mix things up. ìWe wanted to make this something different,î says Anderson. ìI feel like over the last five years we appreciate our fans and we appreciate the success weíve had more than ever and that really becomes a driver at the beginning of a new album. We canít settle. It doesnít need to be ëPart 2í of any record weíve ever done.î

OíBrien became a willing conspirator in their sonic exploration. ìBrendan really became like a fifth member,î says Powell. ìHe played a little bit of guitar, a little bit of keyboards, a little bit of this and that, but a lot of background vocals and that sound is different than what weíve done before. Even though weíve done background vocals, with him doing it in the way he sings and his melodies it brought a freshness to this record. It still sounds like Third Day, but there are elements that are adding these new layers and textures.î

ìWe wanted [this record] to have a brightness, a grandness to it and Mac can certainly do that,î OíBrien says, ìbut we wanted to have a little different sound from the lead voice. Iím a huge fan of 70ís music that has great big background vocals.

I thought this music lent itself, so Mac and I did most of that and it was fun.î

The albumís title track, and first radio single, was inspired by a conversation the band had with a couple in New Jersey after a concert. ìTheir son was in a really depressed place in life. He drove way into the woods and was going to commit suicide,î Powell recounts. ìBut he turned on the radio and he heard ëCry Out To Jesus.í It literally changed his heart and gave him encouragement to keep going.î

Powell took the essence of that story and penned the song ìI Need a Miracle.î

The album is filled with music that rocks both body and soul. ìKicking and Screamingî is among the many standouts. It boasts a catchy melody, passionate lead vocal from Mac and ingratiating background vocals that immediately make the listener want to sing along. ìItís a song that says ëIím going to stand my ground and fight for the things that I care about,íî Anderson says of the empowering lyric.

ìHit Me Like a Bombî is an edgy rocker with snarling guitars and explosive snares, and Powellís signature from-the-gut vocal style highlight the compelling lyric about transformation. ìThat song is about your life drastically being changed, just a totally 180 turned around,î Powell says. ìIn the chorus I say ëAnd I saw it coming.í Itís like you know thereís got to be a change or youíre going to end up in a bad place. You see it coming and you know thereís this anticipation that itís going to happen. Itís got to happen, but itís almost like youíre fighting it. Then boom! All of a sudden it happens from out of nowhere.î

The songs on Miracle cover a rich musical and emotional landscape. ìYou Are My Everythingî is a gorgeous mid tempo love song that spotlights the warmth in Powellís vocals. ìYour Love is Like a Riverî is a stirring worship anthem that is one of the bandís favorite new songs.

Another highlight on the album is Third Dayís beautiful cover of ìMorning Has Broken.î A vintage Methodist hymn that was a pop hit in the ë70s for Cat Stevens, the song gets a stunning new treatment here, anchored in Lee, Anderson and Carrís skilled musicianship and Powellís earthy vocals. Scotty Wilbanks, a longtime member of Third Dayís road band, provides the eloquent keyboard intro.

ìThe Victoryî is a bluesy Southern anthem with a potent lyric. ìItís about pressing on and making a commitment,î says Powell who was inspired by a documentary he saw on evangelist Billy Graham. ìHe and his best friend went to theology school together and his friend is an atheist now because when he started going to school it was like, ëOkay Iím learning all these other things I never knew before. I grew up in a little town and now Iím learning these other ways of seeing the world. I realized that wasnít for me. Iím going to expand my mind.í When Billy Graham saw himself going there, he went to a place that had this big boulder and prayed. He said, ëThis is what I believe and Iím standing on this truth and Iím not going to allow myself to think otherwise!í Thatís a strong faith right there to say, ëThis is what I believe and Iím not changing from it.íî

ìThat song is about making a commitment,î says guitarist Mark Lee. ìItís about saying youíre going to see it through ëtil the end and I think thatís a big theme on this record.î

The members of Third Day have been given a platform and itís a responsibility they take seriously. Of course, the band loves to perform and entertain, but most importantly they want to offer hope and encouragement. ìIf there is any over arching theme on the record, itís about pressing on and holding onto faith in the midst of doubt,î says David Carr.

Music can spark a miracle. Listen and believe.

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