It is official and I am thrilled. There are things you find out about people just in the watching. Face to face conversations, knee to knee coffee meetings, laughter that is let loose instead of forced, eye contact, and high fives. Each of these things have been the data that I've gathered in my relationship with those who call themselves Integrit-ians (those who work for Integrity Music) and I have been happy to see that there is honesty and, errr, integrity like a cloud, hovering around them.
Can you imagine, a group of people who want to see the word of God go out to all the world through music? Have I found a unicorn? The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Nessy? Who knows but I am happy to now be part of this family that I am locking arms with and running alongside in an attempt to hand out hope to as many people as we encounter.
Thank you for all of your prayers for me, my family and this music filled life that I am fortunate enough to live in.
I am attaching below Integrity's press release announcing my signing just so you can be "in the loop." Notice the free song at the bottom of the release and feel free to pass this blog along, allowing more and more, access to the free song.
"Integrity Music Welcomes Indie Singer/Songwriter Sarah MacIntosh, Announces Global Release For Her New Album Current
Colorado Springs, Colo. - - Integrity Music announces the signing of independent singer/songwriter Sarah MacIntosh and the March 6th global release of her 11-track album Current.
Known for her work with progressive rock band Chasing Furies, Sarah also has three solo projects to her credit including the critically acclaimed The Waiters, TheWatchers, The Listeners, The Keepers & Me. And in addition to touring and collaborating with artists such David Crowder, Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, Vicky Beeching and Burlap to Cashmere, Sarah speaks and leads worship at churches around the country.
“Beyond Sarah’s unique voice and obvious talent as a songwriter, she has an intense desire to help others discover God through worship,” says Integrity A&R Director, Chico Gonzalez. “We’re excited to work with her and honored that she is entrusting her songs to Integrity.”
Of joining the Integrity roster, Sarah says: “Integrity has their eyes set forward in the same direction as mine. They realize that songs have the ability to minister, motivate, teach, comfort and strengthen the listener… I’m thrilled to be walking alongside them as we carry these songs to those who need them.”
Until recently, Sarah’s family made their home in San Diego, California, where Sarah led worship for her father-in-law’s church, Horizon Christian Fellowship. The Texas native is now waking up in cities around the country for speaking/singing engagements as her family relocates temporarily, working with churches to impact local communities. So rather than simply making a cameo in the lives of the people they’re ministering to, they are getting to know the Body of Christ on a more personal level. While their nomadic, life-out-of-a-suitcase existence isn’t for everyone, Sarah and her family love every minute of it.
It was in California at Horizon that Sarah began sharing the songs that would become Current. Produced by her husband, Jonny MacIntosh, and J.T. Daly of Nashville’s famed Indie rock outfit Paper Route, Current is filled with songs of unabashed praise such as “We Should Run,” “Joy Comes In” and “Take It All.” But like David so freely did in Psalms when life wasn’t quite as upbeat and hopeful, Sarah also wasn’t afraid to dig into life’s darker seasons of lament with songs like “Hope,” “The Damaged” and “Hiding Place.”
“These songs really go across the board—in one, you can tell it was written from the pit where you couldn’t possibly get any lower, while another is at the spiritual mountaintop,” Sarah explains. “Looking at my own life, I have seen those weeping moments we’re reminded about in Psalm 30:5, and then I’ve seen those joy moments. They are a promise, and that’s why these songs reflect both experiences.”
Current will be available beginning March 6. Within the U.S., it will be distributed to Christian retail stores through Provident Music Distribution and to mainstream retailers through Sony Music Distribution. It will also be available through all major digital service providers including Amazon and iTunes. Additional information on the project is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bk3jd141p8.
Grab a free song from Sarah here:
About Sarah MacIntosh: Singer/songwriter/blogger Sarah MacIntosh is married to musician Jonny MacIntosh and is the mother of a three-year-old daughter. For more information, visit http://www.sarahmacintosh.com/. To follow Sarah on Twitter, https://twitter.com/sarahmacintosh.
About Integrity Music: Kingsway and Integrity Music are the music divisions of David C Cook, a nonprofit globalresource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kingsway’s and Integrity’s resources are distributed in more than 160 countries and sold worldwide. Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com."