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Brandon Heath's Creative Journey Continues to 'Blue Mountain'
Posted July 25, 2012

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BRANDON HEATHíS CREATIVE
JOURNEY CONTINUES TO ëBLUE MOUNTAINí


Multi-GMA Male Vocalist Of The Year, Emmy Winner and Five Time GRAMMY Nominee,
Crafts A Collection of Story Songs Reflecting Both Hardship And Hope


Heath Kicks Off Radio Tour Introducing Contagious First Single ìJesus In Disguiseî
Fall Tour With Label Mate Matt Maher To Expand Themes

(Nashville, Tenn.) July 25, 2012 ñ Acclaimed hit-maker Brandon Heath returns to his roots and creates new ones with his fourth full-length album project, Blue Mountain, releasing October 9.

The Nashville native merges ancient tones and modern music-making on this 12-track musical journey full of heart and back-porch ease. It fleshes out characters created for, and residing in, a fictional Appalachian setting called ëBlue Mountain,í which, as is frequently the case with great art, are slices of the storyteller himself.

ìAs a songwriter and artist I have a responsibility to take risks,î says Heath, the five-time GRAMMY Nominee, Emmy winner and two-time Gospel Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year. ìUsually Iím telling my own story. I wanted to tell other peopleís stories this time, so I created a space and characters that would allow me a new canvas to paint on.

ìThrough them, Iím more outside of myself, but maybe more true to myself than Iíve ever been,î Heath continues. ìFunny enough, by the time I had finished this record, I realized that ëBlue Mountainí is me.î

Teaming again with producer Dan Muckala, Heath aims for a rootsier musical space with Blue Mountain, crafting tracks that are a hybrid of the driving acoustic music of both his youth and this projectís imagined locale, together with the loops and beats that have become part of Heathís signature sound.

Still, on top of them sits Heathís versatile, expressive vocals, conveying each trackís storyline, be it the ìthose who donít know or just donít know yetî allegory of ìThe Harvester,î the simultaneous languish and lament of ìLove Will Be Enough For Us,î the gripping finality of ìDyiní Day,î or the finding faith in the everyday nature of Blue Mountainís first single, ìJesus In Disguise.î

ìJesus isnít always in the obvious,î Heath notes. ìBut from busy city streets to the rural roads of ëBlue Mountain,í Jesus is always there to be found. You just have to know what to look for, and be willing to look for it. Itís been a burden, itís still a burden for God to open my eyes, so much so that Iím still writing about it after all these years.î

Other standout tracks on Blue Mountain include ìDiamond,î told from the viewpoint of a coal miner toiling in dirt now, but pointing toward treasure in the hereafter, and ìLove Does,î a song paralleling the written work of Heathís mentor Bob Goff, founder and CEO of Restore International, a non-profit Organization addressing the atrocities and injustices committed against children.

ìBob is a world changer,î Heath says. ìItís a tribute to him and to others on the front lines fighting, our modern day heroes. In the song, I say, ëNobody walks on the road youíre paving, nobody sees all the souls youíre saving, but Love does.íî

The albumís first single, with an add date of August 10, is ìJesus In Disguise.î The song is being overwhelmingly well received and has already seen early adds from K-LOVE, KCMS and SiriusXM/The Message.

Two days after the October 9 release of Blue Mountain, Heath will team with label-mate Matt Maher for the 24-city The Blue Mountain Tour. Dates and cities will be announced in coming weeks.

About Brandon Heath
Since Brandon Heathís debut on Reunion Records with Donít Get Comfortable (2006), he has become one of Christian musicís most beloved and respected artists and songwriters.

Heath has twice been honored as GMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010), additionally garnering an Emmy Award, five GRAMMY nominations, an American Music Award nomination and multiple GMA Dove Awards and songwriting honors. His award-winning songs and signature vocals reflect a soaring radio career that includes four No. 1 hits: ìIím Not Who I Was,î ìWait and See,î the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year, ìGive Me Your Eyes,î and the eight-week chart topper, ìYour Love.î

Heath, a Nashville native, first began writing at age 13 and credits his hometownís legendary hotspot for songwriters, the Bluebird CafÈ, as the place he first experienced music that moved him. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences have compelled countless media outlets across the nation to platform his story and music. Highlights include Billboard magazine, ìCBS Evening News with Katie CouricRelevant magazine, a 2011 feature by the Wall Street Journal and selection as a presenter during the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Other key spotlights include Discovery Channelís ìOn The Case With Paula Zahn,î which highlighted ìGive Me Your Eyesî (What If We 8/19/2008), and a feature by The New York Times Sunday edition, touting Heath as a GRAMMY-nominated newcomer ìthat shouldn't be allowed to slip through the cracks.î

Heathís third album, Leaving Eden, (1/18/2011) debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales chart and is supported by non-stop direct-support and headlining tours. Blue Mountain will be available everywhere on October 9, 2012.

For more information on Brandon Heath, please visit: www.brandonheath.net , www.providentpress.com and follow Brandon Heathís Twitter at www.twitter.com/brandonheath
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