|TRACK BY TRACK|
 


SIDE A:

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“So High”
Lyrics:   Brian Owens (ASCAP), Jarrett Johnson (ASCAP)
Music:   Brian Owens, Lee Carroll, Willie Eames

“I wrote this with a friend of mine named Jarrett Johnson, an incredible writer in L.A. From the moment I started writing this, I knew it would be about love. But then I began to wonder, ‘Love for who?’  Initially I didn’t use any pronouns — no ‘baby’ or ‘honey’ So there was a dualism: The first verse could be about God. The second verse is the actualization of that love in my relationship with my wife. I love the vibe and the feel in how that comes together.”
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“For You”
Lyrics:   Brian Owens (ASCAP)
Music:   Brian Owens and Tony Esterly (ASCAP)

“It was so amazing to sing with Michael McDonald. And it went to a whole other level to sing with him on a song I wrote and produced. Our voices and styles turned out to complement each other really well. Pre-Michael, the song had a certain vibe. But when Michael came in that gave it a great old-school, Sam-and-Dave feel. Doing this was a dream come true.”
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“Pretty Fine Thing”
Lyrics:   Brian Owens (ASCAP), Jarrett Johnson (ASCAP)
Music:   Brian Owens

“The lyrics are totally true. My wife was 14 the first time I saw her. I was 17. I was such a fool! I was not ready for her! But five years later I proposed to her. She’s a gift to me from God. The other thing about this song is that it expresses my fidelity. ‘You are the one for me’ means one. There is no other.”
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“She’s Mine” (Part 1 & 2)
Lyrics:   Brian Owens (ASCAP)
Music:  Brian Owens

“I love performing this tune live. It’s just a feel-good, clap-your-hands, stomp-your-feet kind of thing with The Deacons Of Soul bringing that old quartet vibe into the background vocals. It’s not overly complicated but especially when we switch up from the first half to the different feel of the second, that’s so much fun for me.”

 

SIDE B:

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“Beautiful Day”
Lyrics:   Brian Owens (ASCAP), Ray Smith
Music:   Brian Owens, Lee Carroll, Willie Eames

“With its Curtis Mayfield vibe and the strings, the message of ‘Beautiful Day’ is I don’t care what’s going on. Every day I wake up is a good day. It’s an opportunity for new grace and new mercy, new expressions of love … and new failure, which has to precede new success!”
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“Prayer for My Children”
Lyrics:   Brian Owens (ASCAP)
Music:  Brian Owens
 

“I wrote this song as part of a suite after that tragic moment that happened in 2014. I was thinking about how I’m raising my kids at a time when things like this are happening. If anything happens to me, I want them to know exactly how I feel about God and exactly how I feel about their mother. This song is very specific about these things: ‘Color and country don’t define who you are. God’s love is the only thing that sets each one of us apart but binds us together…”
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“When a Grown Man Cries”
Lyrics:   Brian Owens (ASCAP) and Raheem Burks  
Music:   Brian Owens

“When a grown man cries, he may not even have tears. But that doesn’t mean he’s not crying. The vulnerability of those moments can show a man’s true strength. It can be hard to be a man, to be a father and raise children, be a husband and be responsible for others. I want this song to give men permission to say it isn’t always easy — and that’s OK.”
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“Benediction”
Music:   The Deacons of Soul (Alvin Quinn, Shaun Robinson, Rob Woodie)

“The Deacons wrote this song while we were rehearsing about two years ago. I liked it but I could never find a lead vocal for it. When I replaced it with letting the sax just play, it felt right. Coming at the end of the record, it's like, ‘Now that you’ve heard all these things, think on them. Then when the chorus sings ‘shine,’ that’s a call to action. Let’s go out and live the things that we’ve heard and experienced.’ By the way, when I do this one live, I am going to sing. But the vocal will always come from the moment, not from anything I’ve recorded. It will speak to me as I sing to you.”
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Produced by Brian Owens

Record Label:  Ada Cole Records / The Purpose Music Group

Release Date:  February 24, 2017